How to Build a Raised Planter


Build a raised planter to grow your next crop of fresh vegetables or to add blossoming flowers to your landscape. They're ideal for people with back troubles or those in wheelchairs because the raised bed makes reaching the plants easier and gives you full control of the growing environment. They're also great for those who live in areas with poor soil conditions. Spend a little or spend a lot designing your very own raised planter.

Step 1

Decide where you want to build the raised planter. Pick a level location that receives the proper amount of lighting for your plants. Stay clear of any places that do not drain well.

Step 2

Figure out the shape and size of the raised bed. Use a hose to mark the planned flowerbed site to get a visual idea of it or draw a picture. Most raised planters are square or rectangular (easiest to build), but it's up to you just how complicated you want to get.

Step 3

Leave enough room in between the raised beds to access all of the plants in it easily. Plan room for any yard equipment you need to use in the area, such as a wheelbarrow or mower.

Step 4

Decide what material you want to use to make the walls. Any non-toxic material, such as bricks, stones, concrete blocks, fiberglass or untreated wood, will work.

Step 5

Figure out how much material you need. Measure the area for the raised bed both in length and height. Obtain enough material to complete task.

Step 6

Get rid of all vegetation in the area of the planter. Use a shovel, rake and/or hoe to take out plants, roots, rocks or branches. Cultivate the soil several inches deep with rototiller or hand tools.

Step 7

Build the frame of the planter at the location. Make sure that it is strong enough to hold the topsoil.

Step 8

Fill the planter with high-quality topsoil. Add compost, peat moss, aged manure and other organic matter. Use a shovel to mix the soil well.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Non-toxic building material
  • Shovel
  • Rototiller (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Topsoil
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Aged manure
  • Organic matter


  • Texas A&M University Extension: Building a Raised Bed Garden
  • University of Missouri Extension: Raised-Bed Gardening
  • University of Illinois Extension: Build a Raised Bed

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