How to Build a Succession Garden Container


Planting succession crops is the practice of using a small garden space intensively by planting new crops as mature crops are harvested. Thoughtfully planned succession gardens provide tasty vegetables from early spring to late fall. Raised beds or containers work well for succession plantings because the soil warms up early in the spring and doesn't become compacted. Build yours to fit your garden space, whether you have a large vegetable patch or a tiny corner near a patio.

Step 1

Measure your garden area to determine the size of the container. Leave room for paths 2 feet wide around the container.

Step 2

Measure and mark the wood based on the desired container size. Measure four pieces of wood for a square or rectangular container.

Step 3

Cut the wood as marked with a table saw.

Step 4

Place the boards on a driveway or other level surface near your garden. Set two boards on the driveway so the board edges line up perpendicularly.

Step 5

Drill one hole at the top and one hole at the bottom of the adjoining boards. Screw decking screws into the holes so the boards are secure.

Step 6

Assemble the other side of the succession garden container as previously directed. (reference 1)

Step 7

Place the four boards together to form a rectangle or square. Secure the remaining sides by screwing deck screws through both pieces of wood tightly.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-8 inches wide and 10 feet long
  • 8 decking screws, 4 inches long
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Electric drill
  • Electric screwdriver


  • Colorado State University Extension Office: Block Style Layout in Raised Vegetable Gardens
  • University of Arizona Extension Master Gardener Manual: Vegetable Garden Intensive Gardening Methods

Who Can Help

  • Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener: Vegetables
Keywords: succession gardening container, raised bed gardening, succession vegetable gardening

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing for five years. Her work has appeared in "The Friend" and "Western New York Parent" magazines. Her guide for teachers, "Helping Young Children Cope with Grief" will be published this spring. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College and recently returned to school to complete a degree in communications/English.