EASY Raised Bed Garden

I installed a new 4’x4’ raised bed garden this weekend and want to show you just how EASY they are to build. There’s no reason to buy an expensive raised bed garden kit (that you will have to assemble anyway) when you can build a less expensive version with very little effort. Trust me.

1. Gather your supplies:

  • 4 – 2”x10”x (4’ long) untreated boards
  • Drill with 1/8” bit and Phillips screwdriver tip attachment
  • 12 – 4” deck screws
  • Weed barrier cloth
  • 6 – Bags of garden soil (2 cu. ft. each)
  • 1 – Bag of composted manure
  • 1 – Bag of mushroom compost
  • 1 – Bag of peat moss (2 cu. ft.)
  • Rake

2. Square up two boards to make a corner. Pre-drill three holes.

3. Using the screwdriver bit, install three deck screws in the pre-drilled holes. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining three corners. Step back and admire your handiwork 🙂

4. Place the completed frame in your garden area. Make sure it is exactly where you want it, as it will be difficult to move after you add the soil!

5. Insert a 4’x4’ (doubled) piece of weed barrier cloth under the bed frame.

6. Add a third of the soil, peat moss, composted manure, and mushroom compost.

7. Using a rake, mix the soil, peat moss and composts thoroughly. Continue to add the fill a portion at a time. Rake in until the garden soil is a uniform color. The mound of soil will be a bit higher that the sides of the bed. Don’t worry. Once it settles (and it will!), it will be the perfect height.

8. Plant your garden, water and enjoy!


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5 thoughts on “EASY Raised Bed Garden

  1. Thank you,Julie, for refreshing us reluctant gardeners on how to build a raised bed. I only had one raised bed (4’X 6′) last year and it doesn’t quite do the trick.

    Your chicken family is very attractive. Just wait until their hormones kick in. 🙂

  2. I just found your link via LHITS. I am so glad I did because I just came in from digging up some of our backyard to plant a garden. It turns out that about 8 inches down is some seriously hard gravel rock. I think Plan B/Raised Bed is going to be enacted tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
    p.s. I love the idea of a “Simple Living Blog.” That’s what I am trying to do as well. Glad to find you!

    • Glad I could help you out! I checked out your blog by the way… very nice! Now I’m hungry for that mashed potato recipe you posted 🙂

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