"A raised garden bed extends the planting season, offers versatility to the gardener and helps protect your knees by bringing plants up from a level position on the ground.

Also known as garden boxes, raised garden beds are ideal for growing flowers and vegetables virtually anywhere.

Knowing how to build them, how to use them and how to maximize the rewards you get from them is critical. Luckily, it’s fairly simple to do ALL this; both to build a β€œdo it yourself” (DIY) raised garden bed, and to maximze its growing portential." http://www.raisedgardenbedshowto.com/


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10 comments

Carlos Mendoza

This is nice, but raised beds can also be built without frames of any kind. This was the method introduced by Alan Chadwick at his demonstration garden created at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1967-1971. A great description of this technique (and others) can be found at:

While we’re on the subject of videos about organic gardening, a great one can be found on a site devoted to the techniques and philosophy of one of the finest teachers on the subject ever. Alan Chadwick set up a demonstration garden at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1967. The program is still going strong and is now called the Agroecology Program. The link to the video can be found here:

http://alan-chadwick.org/html%20pages/techniques/garden_plants/veg_photos.html

Greg

Looks great! Do you sit the pipes on top of the soil for watering and plant around them?

Trish

My brother disassembled his jungle jim (presumably made with treated lumber) and has offered me the wood to create a raised bed garden. I want to grow organic vegetables. If I cover the inside wood with a layer of landscape fabric, would this bed be suitable for organic gardening? If not, any other ideas where this wood could be re-purposed? Not sure if a compost bin makes sense either if it will leech toxins into compost? Flower beds?

gia

What if you are in the desert Southwest like Las Cruses or El Paso? Wont the beds dry out too fast?

Rita

This is very helpful thanks. We built 4 of these with blocks and are happy to be getting our hands in the dirt this spring.

Melissa

Sandra – the best wood to use is cedar. If you use treated wood you won’t be able to grow veges and such – the chemicals will leech into them. Cedar isn’t treated and doesn’t need to be. It just turns grey as it weathers. Smiles, M

Sandra Blessing

What kind of wood is used for the frames? Treated lumber?

Jean

Marni,

Pretty easy. Make a raised bed out of anything wood, plastic or else. Then install a water hose outlet at the bottom of your bed so you can hook up a garden hose underneath your bed to drain the overflow of water away and down to the ground by a water hose.

Robin

That picture is really worth a Thousand Words!!! It makes following it very Simple. Thank you very much

marni

Great tips. What if I want to build a garden box on a large balcony? Any suggestions for drainage, etc

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