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How to Build Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens in Texas

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Overview

Raised bed vegetable gardens are a convenient way to grow vegetables in Texas. Raised vegetable gardens make gardening less strenuous because you don't bend down as far to harvest vegetables or to weed the garden. Also, you can add your own top soil and amendments that cannot wash away during a heavy rain. Having your own top soil is important if your native soil is too sandy or contains pests such as nematodes or certain plant diseases that could make vegetable gardening difficult. You can make raised garden beds into almost any shape or design.

How to Build Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens in Texas

Step 1

Find a place in your garden to locate your raised garden bed. This raised bed is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. For vegetables, the location needs to be where the bed receives at least 6 hours of sun each day.

Step 2

Measure an area that is 4 feet by 8 feet and use string attached to the wooden stakes driven into the ground to mark off the area. Adjust the string and stakes until the outline of what will be the raised garden bed takes shape and you have the same distance to each corner when measuring from another corner. For example, the distance from the northwest to southeast corner should be exactly the same distance as from the northeast corner to the southwest corner. If the distances are the same, the pattern you made with the string and wooden stakes is considered "square."

Step 3

Cut the 12-foot by 4-inch by 4-inch cedar or pine post into four equal pieces of 36 inches each.

Step 4

Dig a hole using the post hole digger 20 inches deep inside each corner of the area that is marked off with the string. Place the 36-inch pole sections into each hole and fill the hole with soil, pressing the soil down as well as you can to secure the posts in the soil. Be sure the posts are aligned with the corner created by the string. The two outer sides of the post should be slightly touching the string where it comes together to form the corner.

Step 5

Cut each of the 12-foot by 2-inch by 8-inch boards boards into two pieces of one 8-foot board and one 4-foot board. Place the 8-foot board on the outside of the long side of the form and attach to the corner post using three 16-penny nails hammered into the board and corner post. Attach the other long boards to the sides and then attach the short boards to the end of the frame, nailing the boards in place with three 16-penny nails each. Remove the string and stakes from the area and fill the frame with soil and plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 12-foot by 2-inch by 8-inch boards of rot-resistant cedar or pine
  • One 12-foot by 4-inch by 4-inch posts of rot-resistant cedar or pine
  • Tape measure
  • String
  • Eight wooden stakes
  • Post hole digger
  • Soil
  • 24 16-penny nails
  • Hammer
  • Plants
  • Topsoil

References

  • Aggie Horticulture: Building a raised bed garden
  • Journey to Forever: Building a Square Foot Garden
  • Pioneer Thinking: Raised Beds Make Gardening Easier
Keywords: raised garden beds, building a raised bed, gardening for the handicapped

About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.

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