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Raised Bed Gardening

Updated on January 16, 2017

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

A raised bed Vegetable garden is a great fall project.
A raised bed Vegetable garden is a great fall project. | Source

Tools and Materials Needed To Build A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

You will need to cut boards or to buy 6x1 inch boards, the length and size for the space that you are trying to frame in for your garden

  • circular saw
  • hammer or drill depending if you are using nails or screws
  • 1 1/2 inch screws about six or eight
  • cardboard enough to cover your gardens bottom
  • the wheelbarrow to transfer topsoil
  • spade or shove
  • Epsom salts

Buy vegetable plants of your choice. My choice was tomatoes, acorn squash, hot pepper plants, and some spices.

DIY Instructions For Frugal Backyard Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

This was an old project of a backyard pond that didn't get finished
This was an old project of a backyard pond that didn't get finished | Source
We leveled this area and began framing the raised vegetable garden to the 4x4 posts of the old rabbit pen.
We leveled this area and began framing the raised vegetable garden to the 4x4 posts of the old rabbit pen. | Source
Don't forget to remove all the weeds before going any further.
Don't forget to remove all the weeds before going any further. | Source

Backyard Makeover Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

You can see by this Photo ,that this spot needed a backyard makeover. We decided to build a backyard raised vegetable garden.

To do this we first had to level out this area and take down a bunch of branches, from the spruce trees, beside the garden space, to give it more sunlight. We also cleared the framed on top of this garden of boards to let in more sunlight.

This space was an old rabbit pen so we decided to leave the posts for our boards to be framed to, and left the frame above it as a roof. We could in the future grow grapes and let them trail over the roof. It would look great.

Building The Raised Bed Garden Frame

Next.you need to build the frame and we used 1 x 6 inch boards that were left over from a previous project. We measured them to fit the space,between the 4x4 posts, that was a rabbit pen built here before. We screwed the boards onto the 4 x 4 post that were already in place.

We were three feet short of a board,in the front of our frame, so we cut a smaller board and pegged it in with a one foot wooden peg hammered into the ground, to hold it in place. This peg could then be moved in the spring,when the soil settles,and we could add more soil threw this opening ,to top up the garden.


Easy DIY Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

There was a huge rock we left there for decoration LOL.
There was a huge rock we left there for decoration LOL. | Source
The car trunk is full of cardboard for the garden
The car trunk is full of cardboard for the garden | Source
Cover the entire bottom of the garden with cardboard.
Cover the entire bottom of the garden with cardboard. | Source
Sprinkle in the epsom salts for fertilizer and to keep the bugs away. Epsom salts also stops weeds from growing back.
Sprinkle in the epsom salts for fertilizer and to keep the bugs away. Epsom salts also stops weeds from growing back. | Source
Fill to the top with topsoil and begin planting your vegetable plants.
Fill to the top with topsoil and begin planting your vegetable plants. | Source

Preping The Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Once the space has been cleared out ,you need to completely weed the bottom of the 4 x 10 space that you are going to be using as you raised bed vegetable garden. It is important to make sure all the weeds and grass are pulled out first before you start.

Then it is important : to cover the entire bottom with cardboard. This will stop any new weeds from growing. The cardboard will eventually break down and become more soil. This will stop the weeds, and help the earth, then buying the landscaping plastic which will never break down.

This is a frugal way out of stopping future weeds and grass from growing back into the garden as the years go on. I just happen to work at Shoppers so it was easy to obtain cardboard boxes to cover the bottom of this garden

Filling The Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Will we were lucky enough to have an excess amount of topsoil that was in mounds at the backyard that we transferred to the raised bed vegetable garden frame.

We filled it halfway full of the topsoil (if you aren't as lucky as us to have an abundance of soil ,than you can buy it in bags from any hardware store or plant store in your neighborhood). We had topsoil left over from digging out a fish pond that never got built. You guessed it right in the same spot as our new vegetable garden.

We then took Epsom salts by the hand full and sprinkled it like chicken feed across the whole top of this layer of topsoil. This will fertilize the garden as well as deter insects from coming into the garden. It is a two-way awesome material to use.

  • 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar to
  • 1 gallon of water
  • I have been using Epsom salts regularly all summer to water my plants on my balcony and I have to say they have tripled in size, using this instead of miracle grow.

We then proceeded to fill the garden to the top of the boards with soil.

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The Finished Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

This is an easy project that can be accomplished in one weekend. You can see by the photos that it produces an awesome looking garden. It will be easy to weed whack around the edges of the boards to keep the grass and weeds from growing into the garden. The epsom salt will keep the vegetables bug free and fertilized throughout the summer months. Just add water. Even water was supplied for us as this year we had a very wet summer.


This garden is now at the end of the season. Here is the most recent picture that you can see, we had success, in our first season of building a raised bed vegetable garden. This is a fun project that the whole family can get in on and it will save you money, on buying tomatoes and vegetables next summer:) Thankyou for reading and comments my friends.

Our Successful Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

You can see there was very little weeding to do. We had acorn squash,tomatoes,rosemary,basil and hot peppers our first season. Next year will be better with the kitchen cutting added to this garden all winter.
You can see there was very little weeding to do. We had acorn squash,tomatoes,rosemary,basil and hot peppers our first season. Next year will be better with the kitchen cutting added to this garden all winter. | Source

DIY Frugal Raised Vegetable Garden

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great job of making it easy to understand and do. I would not have thought of the cardboard.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Ericdierker. The cardboard and the epsom salts worked great for weeds and bugs. Thank you for the compliment and have a good night:)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Suzzy, you have been busy! I need to go ahead and give this a try. Your photos and instructions are great and easy to follow. That is interesting about the cardboard and Epsom salts.

      Happy Gardening!

      Voted up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings always

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      The raised bed vegetable garden looks like a wonderful idea!

      Your instructions are very helpful and pictures are self explanatory.

      Well written and well done.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Faith Reaper I am a happy gardener and I love to eat what I grow. I hope you give this a try. We need to become more self suffient these days. Thank you for all your support.

      @ChitrangadaSharan You are welcome and thank you for always reading , commenting.and votes.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Your article inspires me to try to grow a raised bed vegetable garden. I say this every year and then I get lazy. There is a terrific farm up the road and they grow wonderful things. Voted up, interesting and totally useful in the right hands,

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot @breakfastpop. I love it when my writing inspires someone :) That is the highest compliment a writer can get. I appreciate the votes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have a raised bed garden. I didn't build it, it was here when I bought the house, it's at the edge of my patio. I've enjoyed ripe tomatoes all summer. This was interesting and useful. Thank you..

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am happy to hear you have one @always exploring and that you have tomato successes with your garden. Thank you for your input with comments and have a great day:)

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      I currently have a small container garden which I grow lettuce, & bok choy. I would to try this. It is my dream to have a large garden.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is easy and helps to stop a lot of weeds. You would like this garden and it looks great. Thank you for your comment @Joyfulcrown :)

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      We are looking at a variety of raised bed ideas with an eye on the future. One great advantage of your plan is that it solves the problems that can come from planting vegetables at the foundation of a building. Thanks for sharing your project in a DIY hub.

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      Susan Britton 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are welcome RTalloni. The idea of the cardboard really helps to stop the weeds form taking over the garden. Thank you for reading and adding your advantage to this hub.

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