How to Build Raised Beds for Planting


Raised beds in the vegetable garden are a way of accomplishing intensive vegetable growing without tilling, or the back break of weeding and cultivating between garden rows. While setting up a raised bed is labor intensive, the results reward many times as the growing season progresses. Raised beds can be made any size desired by the gardener, but most are designed to use common lumber sizes available at most home centers.

Step 1

Cut one of the 8-foot boards in half, creating two 4-foot boards.

Step 2

Attach one of the 4-foot boards to the inside of one of the 8-foot boards, keeping the edges flush, by connecting the boards using two corner brackets spaced evenly apart on the boards. Use two screws for each side of the corner bracket and attach using a drill with a screw bit.

Step 3

Attach the second 8-foot board to the opposite side of the 4-foot board using the same method.

Step 4

Place the final 4-foot board between the two 8-foot boards at the opposite end and attach the corner brackets.

Step 5

Place the raised bed frame on level ground in your garden.

Step 6

Fill the bed with a mixture of topsoil and compost. The raised bed is now ready for planting.

Things You'll Need

  • 3, 1 inch by 8 inch by 8 foot boards
  • Table saw
  • Drill with screw bit
  • 8 corner brackets
  • 32 wood screws, 1 1/2 inches long
  • Topsoil
  • Compost


  • Purdue University: Container and Raised Bed Gardening (PDF)
  • University of Arizona: Vegetable Garden - Intensive Gardening Methods
  • "Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening", by the Editors of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine; 1975
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