How to Make a Raised Bed for Gardening

Raised bed gardening has advantages over conventional gardening if you prepare the beds correctly.

You will need

  • Level site
  • Soil amendments
  • Bed walls
  • Soil
  • Proper plant spacing
  • Adequate sunlight (optional)
  • Optimal sizing (optional)

Step 1 Choose a level site Select a level location for the raised bed and clear the site of any existing vegetation.

Step 2 Construct the walls Construct the walls of the raised bed. You can use untreated lumber, bricks, concrete, or decorative blocks for construction material.

Step 3 Add soil Add quality, well-draining garden soil to the bed. A mediocre soil will hold too much water.

Step 4 Space the plants closely together Space the plants in the bed closer together than you would in a conventional garden. Keep in mind that the spacing should be adequate to let the plants mature, but close enough to discourage weeds.

Step 5 Enjoy the fruits of your labor Enjoy higher yields from your homemade raised bed garden without the tedious maintenance of a conventional garden.