How to Build Raised Garden Beds

If you grow tuberous veggies like sweet potatoes, radish and onions, you should build raised garden beds. The reason is the soil is loose, which is suitable for some plants.

Required Tools and Materials

Safety goggles
Circular saw
Landscaping cloth
Top soil (potting soil can be used as well)
4 x 4s
1 x 6 treated wood
2 x 2 treated wood stakes

Step 1

Decide where the beds will be set. You can use lattice and 4 x 4s to mark the garden spot. These will also deter animals from coming to the garden.

Step 2

Remove all the grass in the area. Get the tiller and use it to turn the soil. Use a rake to even the soil. Get the landscaping cloth and lay it down. Ensure the cloth is on the ground tight when you build raised garden beds.

Step 3

Get the 1 x 6 boards and cut them to size (i.e. the dimensions of your bed). This is matter of personal preference, but a width of 4 to 6 feet is good. Lay the boards down.

Step 4

Get the 2 x 2 wood stakes. Saw the stakes so it is a foot long and there is a 45 degree angle at one end. Simply put, a straight 180 degree cut has to be made after each 45 degree cut. Put stakes on the end and every couple of feet. Set the stake six inches deep. Keep repeating until the bed is surrounded.

Step 5

Buy the soil you need from a home improvement store or garden store. Put down an inch of the soil then put down the potatoes or whatever you want to plant. Some plants and vegetables may have to be buried much deeper.

Step 6

After the vegetables have been added, put more top soil on the bed. Keep adding until the area is filled. Rake the soil as you add it.

Step 7

The final step is to water the bed. Water the bed thoroughly. Use plenty of it so the plants will grow.

Tips and Warnings

Wear gloves and goggles when preparing the raised garden bed. Have the plants nearby so you can put them in place quickly. Even with the lattice around, it is best if you put some deterrents so animals will not get near it.

After you build raised garden beds, nurture the area as you would the other plants in your garden. If you persevere, the plants will grow and make your home more attractive.

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