How to Build a DIY Raised Bed Garden

How to Build a DIY Raised Bed Garden


Raised bed gardening is a practical way to grow plants and vegetables. It's easier on your back, gives plants better drainage and has been proven to increase yields. Moreover, it allows you to avoid dealing with imperfect native soil. In this article, we will walk you through the process of building your own raised bed garden.

Materials Needed

  • Four rot-resistant wooden boards
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Gardening soil mix
  • Cardboard


Step 1: Determine Location and Size

Decide where you want your raised bed to be positioned based on sun exposure and available space. The size of your bed can vary depending on these factors, but a common size is 4x8 feet.

Step 2: Build the Frame

Using your four wooden boards, construct a rectangular frame using the wood screws and drill. Ensure the corners are square and the frame is level.

Building the frame
Building the frame for a raised garden bed.

Step 3: Install the Raised Bed

Place your frame in the desired location. If required, dig a shallow trench to ensure the frame sits level. Use a level tool to check.

Step 4: Line with Cardboard

Line the bottom of your raised bed with cardboard. This will help prevent weeds from growing.

Step 5: Fill with Soil

Fill your frame with your chosen soil mix. You can use a mixture of compost, topsoil and other amendments. The soil should be level with the top of your frame.


Building your own DIY raised bed garden allows for better control over the soil and can make gardening easier on your back. By following these steps, you can soon enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labor.