Asked on May 10, 2017

What is the best way to build a raised garden?

Sue LillyCrystal JozefickRodger Tucker


My husband and I are getting too old to get down on our knees and plant / weed / harvest a veggie garden. Any suggestions for something we can build in quantity (about .10 acre) that gives us access without crippling us?
5 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 10, 2017

    That's a great idea, this way you won't have to get sore from gardening. here's what I found: Your raised garden bed should also be at height that is suitable for you to stand or sit next too. If you can not stand for long periods then it is a good idea to have the beds at a height that you can sit next too but still be able to reach into the middle of the garden bed. You may even be able to incorporate the edge of the garden bed into a seat, so that you can sit on the garden bed as you work.
    Once you have settled on the desired sizes for your raised garden beds, buy the timber necessary for raising the bed to the desired height and width. Dig a trench at least half a shovel in depth around the bed perimeters; if your raised garden bed is located on a slope, dig the top trench deeper than the lower one to ensure that the finished bed sides will be level.
    Build the sides for the raised bed, settling the lumber into the groove of the trench. Adding posts at the corners will make the garden beds more stable. Remember that wood can warp, so place your boards so that visible curves of the wood are on the outside of the bed to avoid having nails pop out later on.
    When the raised garden beds are built in is now time to fill them with soil. If your soils are clay or otherwise heavy, lighten them by mixing in some sand and organic matter first.If your soils are sandy or light then organic matter may need to be added. Buying premixed potting or topsoil soil that contains a good balance of sand, peat, and organic matter is the easiest way to go. The other way to go is to fill the beds with alternate layers of newspaper, straw or hay and potting mix, like what you would do for a no dig garden.
    When your beds are filled with soil, you're ready to start planting and enjoying your new raised garden beds!
  • Jean Thompson
    on May 10, 2017

    We built Boxes made from Decking Boards.. angle iron corners ( holes drilled in ) then the boards are Screwed in .. ours are only 12 inches high but you can make them any height... 12 inches High x 2 ft wide x 12 feet long. then half way down on either side a flat plate large enough to cover both boards is screwed to the sides then a piece of Rebar is pounded in the ground to help keep from bowing out from the weight of the dirt inside. we lined the bottoms with many layers of newspapers to help keep weeds out. We will have to make ours higher eventually... We have a total of 10 in Garden, 12 boxes in another area with our raspberries, plus 4 ft wide for the Strawberries and 1 - 2 ft wide for Rhubarb. and another that is 5 ft wide for the asparagus patch..
    , See the plates on the sides and the angle iron corners have to get some one with a drill bit that will drill metal, See the corner hubby said he used wood screws to screw the wood then lag screws to screw the metal corners on
  • Rodger Tucker
    on May 10, 2017

    Buy it at Walmart.They are cheap enough compared to the cost of material & labor.
  • Crystal Jozefick
    on May 10, 2017

    A simple way is to use concrete block. They are inexpensive and hold up.
  • Sue Lilly
    on May 10, 2017

    Railway sleepers I've used.
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