How to Build a Raised Bed in the Garden

Building a raised bed for planting vegetables is an easy way to have fresh produce in a small space.
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Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Set Boards Into Ground

Lay out the boards in their final positions and drive the wooden pegs into the soil with a mallet. Check that each timber is straight using a level, making adjustments by driving the higher end down with the mallet.

Make Diagonal Check for Level

Rest a piece of wood diagonally across two edging timbers, place a level on it, and make any necessary adjustments. Before building another bed, ensure that a path is left wide enough for easy access.

Fill the Bed With Soil

Fill the bed with good quality topsoil that has been improved with organic matter such as garden compost or well-rotted manure. Spread the soil evenly and level the surface with the back of a rake. Top off as the soil settles.

Check Soil for Level

Make sure the soil is level by stretching a string across the raised bed. Bricks will keep the string taut.

Level Dug Soil

Draw a metal-headed rake over previously dug soil in one direction and then again in the opposite direction to level the soil surface before planting.