Make a Raised Garden Bed

Lynn Coulter
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You know a project is easy when the directions say “just add water.” Making a raised garden bed from a kit is almost that easy, since you only add dirt, plants, and water. Raised bed kits come in many sizes, so you can choose one that fits into your available space and holds as many plants as you want. Elevated, ergonomically-designed kits eliminate the strain of bending over when you garden. Some have casters, so you can roll them around. Kits with self-contained watering systems automatically water your plants; drainage holes on the bottom allow the excess to drain away. 

Step 1

Step 1 Read about the plants you want to grow. Start your plant search here. Choose a sunny spot for the bed. Since it will sit on top of the ground, you can easily add good soil and amendments. Raised beds are great for yards with poor or compacted soil.

Step 2

Step 2 Assemble your kit. Some kits are stackable, so you can grow plants with long root systems.

Step 3

Step 3 Line the bottom of the bed with weed block or landscape fabric. This barrier between the soil in the bed, and the soil in your yard, helps keep weeds and grass from growing.

Step 4

Step 4 Add enough soil and compost to almost fill the bed.

Step 5

Step 5 Add plants or seeds. As they grow, support them as needed with stakes, props, or cages. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. Plants need about 1″ of water a week once they are up and actively growing.

Step 6

Setting up a pre-built raised garden bed is just that simple. Read about the do’s and don’ts of using raised beds in your northern or southern garden.

Tips on using accessories for your bed:

  • Support tall plants with Sturdy Stakes. They’re available in various lengths.
  • Use plant props to help keep plants upright in strong winds or bad weather.
  • Secure your plants to the props or stakes with Velcro plant ties, which are gentle on stems and leaves, and easy to rearrange, or with wire ties. Wire ties are strong and come with a built-in cutter, so you can cut the length you need.


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