Making Boxed Raised Garden Beds


Raised garden beds offer a warmer planting space during the winter and an easier reach for harvesting and tending the garden year round. They are simple to construct and will last for at least 10 years when pressure-treated wood is used. For the best results and a healthiest garden, always fill your beds with commercially prepared garden soil.

Step 1

Cut one board in half with a jig so that you have two 4-foot boards and two 2-foot boards.

Step 2

Form a rectangle with the boards measuring 2 feet by 4 feet and 2 feet tall.

Step 3

Secure the boards together with nails. Place two nails at each corner.

Step 4

Place the boards over the area you wish to use for planting.

Step 5

Fill the raised beds with garden soil.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 pressure-treated wood boards, 2 feet by 4 feet by 1 inch thick
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • 10-penny nails
  • Garden soil


  • "The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Green Houses"; Eliot Coleman; 2009
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