How to Build Small Raised Vegetable Beds


Raised vegetable beds have several advantages over growing vegetables directly in a regular, ground-level garden. One of these advantages is that raised beds warm up quicker than surrounding soil. Also, raised beds drain better than ground-level gardens. Siting a raised vegetable bed near a southern exposure of a home will allow you to put your garden in sooner in the spring and harvest later into the fall due to the solar gain off the home.

Step 1

Choose a sunny location and decide what size raised bed you want to build. A southern exposure of a home or building is a good spot for a raised bed.

Step 2

Level the area where you want to put your raised bed. Use a shovel and rake to even out high and low areas. If not level, your raised bed frame will not sit on the ground properly.

Step 3

Purchase the required amount of lumber to make your raised bed. The boards that will make up the sides of your bed should be 12 to 16 inches wide to provide optimum depth in your raised bed.

Step 4

Cut the lumber to the required lengths to build the frame for your raised bed. Where each corner of your raised bed is, position two pieces together at a 90 degree angle and screw together with wood screws.

Step 5

Repeat this for the other three corners, rendering a rectangular frame for your raised bed.

Step 6

Set the frame down on the area you want your raised bed.

Step 7

Fill with high-quality soil and mix in compost or other organic matter if desired.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid using natural garden soil in your raised bed. Garden soils are usually heavy and not well-draining.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Lumber
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Wood screws
  • Cordless drill
  • High-quality soil
  • Compost


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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.