The Ultimate Guide To Build A Raised Garden Bed

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Do you have a plan to create green spaces? The season makes you spent hours and days away from gardens. Now, you want to prepare to lush your garden by planting some soon. Of course, when it comes to raised beds, it looks great in any garden design. Whether you want to create a herb garden in the front yard or a tomato plot for your backyard. It is because raised beds are easy to build. In addition, a raised bed is perfect to create if the soil in your environment is quite poor. What you should do is to fill the raised bed with compost-rich soil to grow your plants. Besides, a raised bed is good for the beginner to have a garden because the soil will be warmer.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Garden spade and trowel
  • Lumber (pre-cut, or else have a table saw handy)
  • Wood glue
  • Screws that are long enough to hold the wood sturdily in place
  • Steel corner docks (optional)
  • Garden bed layers (newspaper, lawn clippings, leaves, compost, and bedding soil)

DIY Wooden Beds

You can make your raised planter beds from wood because it is the cheapest option. In addition, wood is the easiest resource to use.

  1. Measure the area you are going to work with.
  2. Make sure that the bed is not more than 4 feet of width. You should be able to reach the middle of it to pull the weed. The height should be 8-10 inches.
  3. Cedar is the best wood to use, otherwise pine. You will need 4-inch x 4-inch lumber for the beds. You will need more surface area for wood glue.
  4. Once you’ve measured out the garden space, dig a slight trench around the perimeter for the timbers to nestle into. Lay the wood down into the trenches, ensuring that they butt up against each other quite firmly, and screw them into place. Slather those timbers with wood glue and then lay down the next layer, ensuring that you’ve alternated the orientation of the wood to create lapped corners, and allow this to dry for 6-8 hours before screwing them into the lower layer of wood. Repeat this process until the bed is as high as you’d like it—just be sure to stagger the screws around the edges so you don’t drill one into the other.

Once you’re happy with the height, you can reinforce the edges with steel corner docks if you feel that extra stability is needed.

DIY Brick Beds

You will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Bricks, cinder blocks, or stones
  • Garden spade or trowel
  • Mortar paste
  • Mason’s trowel
  • Garden bed layers (newspaper, lawn clippings, leaves, compost, and bedding soil)


  1. The dimensions should be the same as the wood beds.
  2. You will not work with wood glue and screws, but mortar to keep the bricks in place.
  3. Go to the build center and estimate the number of bricks you will need by giving them the measurements of height and length of the beds.
  4. Buy new materials, or re-use the masonry.
  5. Dig a slight trench around the perimeter of the bed for the bricks to nestle into. Lay down the first layer of blocks into the trench and then lay the second layer atop them, ensuring that they are staggered. Lift them one by one, slap some mortar paster on the bottoms of them, and set them back into place to secure them.

How To Make Layered Filling

  1. Put down about four layers of newspaper black and white print only (Wet your newspaper first) and 1 inch of aged animal manure or vegetable compost.
  2. Add a few inches of green mulch from mixed leaves, grass, peat moss, and add a thick layer of compost-rich bedding soil. That is all watered and left to settle for a few days.
  3. Plunk in your seedlings.