How to Build a Raised Wall Bed

Overview

Raised wall beds offer a solution to many common gardening problems, including compacted or poor soil as well as limited space or dramatic slopes. Because raised beds may be constructed to almost any height, they are often easier to maintain. In addition, they are relatively easy to construct for carpenters with moderate skill.

Step 1

Drill holes throughout the landscaping timbers. Put holes at the end of each timber and at least one in the middle.

Step 2

Level the perimeter of the bed. If the bed will be on a slope, make sure the ground is at the correct angle.

Step 3

Place the first landscaping timber on the level ground. Double check to make sure the timber is completely level.

Step 4

Drive a piece of rebar 12 inches into the ground at the end of the landscaping timber, using a sledgehammer. Angle the rebar at a 20-degree angle toward the timber's center.

Step 5

Stack landscaping timbers in an alternating fashion and use rebar to nail each timber to the previous one.

Step 6

Check the timbers frequently for level to ensure the end result is straight.

Step 7

Fill in the bed with a mixture of potting soil and peat moss.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscape timbers
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Level
  • Rebar
  • Sledgehammer
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss

References

  • Texas Agrilife Extension: Planning a Raised Bed Garden
Keywords: Raised Beds, Landscaping timber beds, Making raised gardens

About this Author

Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including eHow.com, Trails.com and Associated Content.