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How to Build a Raised Garden

Updated on June 16, 2013

Trying to replace the bare space around a tree can be tough or knowing where to plant a garden. However, there are many ideas that can deliver a valuable resource for the kitchen or just boost the color of the landscape. Instead of trying to plant grass seed and hoping for the best, try a raised garden bed used for herbs, vegetables, or even brightly colored flowers to enhance that ordinary area around the base of a tree. It can also help those plain areas in the yard that nothing seems to look right in. In this article, it will show how to revitalize a naked spot around a tree to become an ongoing free store of herbs and vegetables. Of course, money will have to be spent up front to begin, but can be done on a small budget and once the beds are bought it is mostly up keep with little money.

Raised garden beds come in various sizes and shapes. They range in pricing from forty dollars and higher. The one pictured is more expensive than the normal square or rectangle ones, but the design is eye-catching.

Follow the steps below and be surprised on what can be done yourself. This project can be done in one day. Depending on purchased manufacturer, the tools needed to assemble varies. Some beds may not need any tools, but if similar to the one pictured, you will need a phillips head screwdriver, tape measure and hammer.

Step 1: Measure area – Measure the area where the bed will be placed and mark it (yard paint, stakes, etc.).

Step 2: Purchase – Prior to the purchase, do research to find the right bed at the right price. Don’t just purchase the first one seen. All the beds in the pictures were purchased on sale.

Step 3: Setting it up - Follow instructions that come with the bed and place it in the marked space. For weed control, apply a weed barrier prior to placing the garden bed done to the marked area.

Step 4: Fill in the area with garden soil/compost – After the garden is set up, fill it in with good garden soil. To help in cost, use a mixture of top soil and garden soil.

Step 6: Plant your herbs/veggies/flowers – Now the fun part, finding the right seeds or plants to make the garden useful. Herbs are the best because they can be grown from seeds and will give flavor to foods all summer long. If planting a little late, buy starter plants (usually ranging around $2 or $3 a piece).

Step 7: Landscape – For extra eye-catching results, spruce up the area with some edging or design like the one pictured. This will also help with mowing if an odd design is picked.

Step 8: Water – During dry times, watering is a must.

Step 9: Watch your garden grow and harvest as necessary

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My wife and I were having a dilemma on whether or not to remove the tree in our back yard. It just didn’t look right. But with the raised garden bed in the pictures, we were able to make it the center point of the back yard instead of the eye sore we thought. I recommend putting in herbs, because they can be harvested many times throughout the summer months and will definitely stock pile your kitchen spice rack.

Our main reason of growing herbs and veggies is to be able to reduce costs throughout the winter months. For example, if we plant enough tomato plants, we can make our own sauces and package (can) them for later use. Then over the winter we don’t have to purchase tomato sauce. Also, if you haven’t noticed, fresh herbs can be pricey. Usually fresh herbs cost $5 or $6 for a small bunch at your local grocery store. With gardening, you can grow your own at the cost of $2 or $3 per plant/seeds, giving all summer long.

Plus, the self accomplishment has your food tasting so much better. It's a good feeling knowing, "I grew this."


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    • Marc Rohde profile image

      Marc Rohde 5 years ago from Racine, WI

      I love what you did with the tree, it looks amazing!

      My wife and I built a raised garden last year and a second one this year because my kids love watching the plants grow. Our solid isn't very good or conducive to anything but weeds but the reaised gardens make it easy to grow a number of veggies.

      One hint, you can use newspaper or butcher paper as a weed barrier rather than the more expensive cloth version. Even in the second year we don't see any weeds that are deeper than the top soil.

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      MarleyOz 5 years ago

      Thank you both for the kind words. It is nice to share personal projects, because everyone has new ways of doing things. Great ways to share and receive ideas to put a project of your own together. Thanks for pinning to pinterest.

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      lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

      I love this! You've added architectural detail while providing a great place for several mini gardens. Great ideas! I'm sharing, voting up and will pin to Pinterest...they'll love it too :-)

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      aich 5 years ago from Cat House

      That looks amazing! I am going to try this myself.