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How to Put Together a Flat Packed Raised- Bed for the Garden(Without Instructions)

Updated on September 20, 2015

How to Assemble a Raised - Bed without Instructions

When raised - beds came for gardeners, I thought it would be nice to have one in my garden as I thought it would be easy for me to weed my plants, tend to them and I won't have to bend too much all the time. Also it might deter the slugs from nibbling my plants all the time. And I don't have to do a lot of digging. All I got to do is put some multipurpose compost mixed with my organic own compost then plant any vegetable I want in it. I already planted some of my favourite vegetables in it when we finished putting them together.

But when it came, there was no instructions on how to put them together. I was gutted. Good thing my husband took a photo of an assembled raised-bed on the internet website where we bought it from. We look at the photo and from there we tried to put the Raised-Bed together. It is a good thing my husband is quite good at D.I.Y's so with that, we got his tools like drill with drill bits and started to study how to put them together. We checked first that all the parts and bits and pieces were there before we started assembling or putting them together. The positive thing about the raised-bed we bought is that the wood quality seems very good and it might last a bit longer.

Tools we used for Assembling the Raised-Bed:

  • Drill with drill bits–to drill the holes to put screws and brackets in
  • Brass screws – used instead of nails
  • Brass brackets – to hold the four corners together
  • Foot Rule or Ruler
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdriver
  • Long Extension Lead for the drill

We had to use our initiative and observations as this is the first time we ordered a raised-bed for the garden. Looking at the photo we gathered all the wood together and then started the work.

How we assembled the Raised-Bed:

  • First we gathered the wood sections/lined them up.
  • Measured the corners where we are going to put the brass brackets to hold the raised-bed corners.
  • Then drilled holes for the screws to hold the brackets in place, then screwed in the brackets on four corners of the raised-beds.
  • After that, we have to count all the brass screws and work out how many we have to use on the top bit of the raised-bed.
  • Then we lined up the planks of wood on top of the raised-bed.
  • Measured the equal distances of where to screw the brass screws and marked them, then we drilled holes screwed the brass screws in.
  • Then when we finished, carried the assembled raised-bed to where I want to put it.
  • I had to measure and make sure it is level by using a spirit level, levelled it.
  • Filled it with soil, old newspapers and compost, then planted some of my favourite favourite greens like purple and green pak choi, cucumbers, peas and beans.

Photos of How to Put Together a Raised-Bed

Here is the result, an assembled raised-bed for my plants to grow
Here is the result, an assembled raised-bed for my plants to grow | Source
The Flat Packed Raised-Bed
The Flat Packed Raised-Bed | Source
one of the four corners
one of the four corners | Source
This is one of the four corners we had to secure first by using brass screws and brass brackets
This is one of the four corners we had to secure first by using brass screws and brass brackets | Source
nearly finished
nearly finished | Source
one side of the raised- bed(short side) which was rather short - measurement was wrong from the sellers
one side of the raised- bed(short side) which was rather short - measurement was wrong from the sellers | Source
My raised-bed with my favourite vegetables planted in it
My raised-bed with my favourite vegetables planted in it | Source
My raised-bed in place with vegetables in it now
My raised-bed in place with vegetables in it now | Source
Our equipment - The extension lead, the Drill and the drill bits
Our equipment - The extension lead, the Drill and the drill bits | Source
Recent photo of my Chinese cabbage
Recent photo of my Chinese cabbage | Source
more Chinese cabbage
more Chinese cabbage | Source
My Chinese Cabbage on the new raised-bed
My Chinese Cabbage on the new raised-bed | Source
Raised-bed getting ready for planting
Raised-bed getting ready for planting | Source
These are my vegetable plants on my raised-bed now. Very useful indeed.
These are my vegetable plants on my raised-bed now. Very useful indeed. | Source

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Tips for Assembling Raised-Beds

When assembling raised-beds use brass screws and brass brackets so that it won't get rusty because if you use ordinary screws and brackets it will rust easily according to my husband.

Before starting to assemble the raised-bed, find a flat surface in your garden where you can easily move around to put together your raised-bed. We used our lawn to assemble the raised- bed. Make sure you raised the soil where you want to put the assembled raised-bed by digging it and shovelling it to the centre of the raised-bed. Once you put the raised-bed in place then spread the soil evenly inside the bed and put some compost with fertilisers like Growmore Plant Food(these are like pellets) and mix them all up. Now your raised-bed is ready for planting. It would be better if you use your own compost or mix it with any multi-purpose compost that you buy from the garden centres.

Benefits of having a raised bed

Having a raised bed for the garden has the following benefits:

  • It keeps your garden tidy.
  • Your plants will be easier to care for.
  • Don't do too much bending.
  • Water is not wasted because the raised bed tends to retain it.
  • It is easier to water the plants.
  • It is easy to plant vegetables that you like in one raised bed.
  • Slugs are easier to get rid of.
  • Vegetables grow better in a raised bed.

Using supermarket vegetable trays for raised beds

Supermarket vegetable trays can be assembled for mini raised beds to use for planting herbs or salad leaves like basil, sage, celery, Pak Choi, mustards, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, chives and many more vegetables. Discarded planks of wood in the tips can be collected and made into raised beds which are really useful also for planting seeds.

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    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Useful tips for raised bed assembly. Voted up for your hard work.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you jabelufiroz for your kind comment, believe me it was hard work putting them all together but I am very happy now I got a bed for my plants.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is great! Easy to follow directions and explained with good photos!

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you rebeccamealey for your kind comment, glad if it helps.

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      IndependentMind 2 years ago

      Great hub. I think about building one every year but never seem to get around to it. We live in a part of the country where the ground is mostly sand, so it is almost impossible to grow vegetables without growing them in some kind of a container.

      You have inspired me to build one for some fall planting and to be ready for next spring.

      Thanks for the ideas.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you IndependentMind for your lovely comment. I do recommend having a raised bed garden. I love it because it looks neat in the garden and I can grow any veg I like.

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