Raised Garden Bed Plans

If you want to start a small vegetable garden in your backyard, you should pay attention to this tutorial. In order to get the job done properly, you could plant the vegetables in a greenhouse, to protect them from bad weather, or in a raised garden bed. Irrespective of your choice, you should plan the wooden construction with great attention, from the very beginning.

In this article, we show you basic plans for building a garden bed. As you will see in the step by step tutorial, you just need to cut a few boards, build a simple frame and secure it into place. There are also lots of improvements you could do to your woodworking project, such as covering it with PVC arches and polyethylene film. In this manner, you could transform the raised bed to a mini-greenhouse and grow vegetables even in cold weather. Moreover, you should also build a simple cold frame, to protect the plans from bad weather.

 

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Building a raised garden bed

Building a raised garden bed

After choosing raised garden bed plans, you have to buy the materials and gather the tools. The construction of the raised garden bed starts with assembling the wooden frame. Therefore, use 2×6 boards and 4×4 posts. As you can notice in the image, you need to attach the slats to the posts and lock them together with lag screws.

Don’t forget to drill pilot holes trough the slats, to prevent the wood from splitting. Align the board with great attention, as there should be no gaps between the wooden components.

Raised garden bed plans

Raised garden bed plans

After assembling the components together and locking them tightly with screws, you should secure the frame into place. Choose a proper location for the garden bed (it has to get enough light, otherwise the plants won’t develop properly).

Dig 12″ deep holes in the ground and fit the frame into place. The posts should fit properly inside the holes and the frame should be perfectly level. Fill the holes with soil and compact it properly.

 

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Afterwards, you could install landscaping fabric inside the frame, in order to protect the components from decay and to keep the weeds away from your plants. Fill the raised bed with soil and plant vegetables.

If you want to seat while taking care of the plants, you could attach nice 2×4 trims to the top edges of the raised bed. Align the trims into place and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Don’t forget to countersink the head of the screws and to fill the holes with wood putty.