To build a raised garden bed, choose the location, map out the garden, tend the soil, make the beds and fill the beds with soil. You need a level, compost, manure, newspaper, topsoil, 2-by-6 wood, a shovel and galvanized screws to complete this project.Continue Reading
Choose a spot that gets a minimum of eight hours of sunlight each day, has access to water and has a flat surface.
Make sure the garden bed is 4 feet wide to make it accessible on both sides.
Use a shovel to loosen the soil to a depth of 8 to 12 inches to make room for the roots. Use landscape fabric, cardboard or newspaper as a first layer, and place soil and other additives on top.
Use 2-by-6 cedar or rot-resistant lumber to construct a bed with a depth of 6 inches. Cut the wood in pieces, and fit them together using butt joints and galvanized screws.
Use a level to ensure that the frames are level on each side. Remove enough soil beneath the bed until the frame is balanced.
Place compost, manure and topsoil in the beds. Rake the soil until it is even.