How to Construct Raised Flower Beds

Overview

Raised flower beds create a hassle-free space in which to grow a flower or vegetable garden. By constructing raised beds, you control the soil and nutrients, as well as the space it takes to plant a garden in your yard. Raised beds are usually at least 4 feet wide and be deep enough to make room for deep plant roots.

How To Construct Raised Flower Beds

Step 1

Cut the board to the desired size of the garden space. Use boards that have not been treated, but are weather-resistant for external use.

Step 2

Attach each end board to the side boards using at least three galvanized nails for each side.

Step 3

Till the ground that will be surrounded by the wooden frame. Dig into the ground with a garden tiller, at least 18 inches. The ground should consist of loose dirt, at least 12 inches deep.

Step 4

Shovel the upturned soil into a pile by digging at least 2 or 3 inches around the perimeter of the bed. The loose soil should be heaped into the center of the garden area.

Step 5

Position the frame on to the garden location in the yard.

Step 6

Pound the frame an inch into the ground, using a hammer or rubber mallet.

Step 7

Spread the soil, using a garden rake or hoe, adding compost or fertilizer while leveling soil to the sides of the wooden frame.

Step 8

Soak the fresh soil with the water hose and allow the dirt to settle for at least one day.

Step 9

Add more top soil if needed.

Step 10

Plant seeds or plants according to package directions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never use treated wood or railroad ties to form a frame around a garden. Toxic chemicals may leak into the soil, making it poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 2x6 wooden boards (cut to size)
  • Power saw
  • Tiller
  • Galvanized nails
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet (opional)
  • Fertilizer or compost
  • Top soil (if needed)
  • Water hose
  • Shovel
  • Rake

References

  • Raised Flower Beds
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