How to Build a Pyramid Raised Garden


For an attractive garden design that combines intensive planting with a variety of plants in a small space, try a pyramid raised garden. This garden design gives you the ability to grow many different types of plants in one bed, while giving the plants the soil advantages of raised-bed gardening. The loose and well-fertilized soil of this garden design will help you grow a large crop in a relatively small space.

Step 1

Measure a square for your garden plot. The pyramid bed should be large enough to hold a variety of plants, but manageable enough to reach the plants in the center. Six feet across is a good size.

Step 2

Dig out all of the sod on the surface of your garden bed. Dig down about 6 inches and remove any roots or rocks from the soil. Rake the soil smooth.

Step 3

Place edging, like plastic garden edging or wooden planks, around the perimeter of the garden. The edging should stick up at least 6 inches above the surface of the soil.

Step 4

Fill the area within the edging with topsoil. Mix in one shovelful of compost for every square foot. Rake the surface smooth.

Step 5

Insert more edging to create another square inside this first one. The edging should be 1 foot inside each wall of the first square, creating a new inner square measuring 4 feet across.

Step 6

Fill this second inner square with a topsoil and compost mixture. Smooth the surface of the soil.

Step 7

Add another row of edging inside the second set of walls, creating a third layer. Set each wall one foot inside the one below it. You will be creating a final layer in the center of a square two feet across.

Step 8

Fill this final row with a mixture of topsoil and compost. You will now have three layers with increasing heights. Plant each layer with a different plant, for a variety garden, or fill the entire bed with one type of flower for a decorative pyramid.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Garden edging
  • Topsoil
  • Compost


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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.