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How to Build raised garden beds

I was asked to teach some volunteers how to build some raised garden beds for the SHARP Foundation, a non-profit that provides support and housing for people with Aids and HIV. I jumped at the opportunity and pointed the team of about 20 people in a direction of completion. The raised garden beds were very easy to make. We made use of nice cedar as well to prevent rotting without having to use paint or finish. The volunteers came from the University of Calgary and sure made the work easy.

Give a man a fish and he won’t starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won’t starve for his entire life.

Raised Garden Bed Materials:

  • 9 2x6x8′ cedar planks
  • 1 4x4x8′ cedar post
  • small bag of 3″ galvanized nails
That’s all there is for raised garden beds!
Cut 3 of the 8′ planks in half and cut the 4×4 posts into 20″ sections for the corners.
Assemble it upside down on a flat surface. Two nails in each plank end and your golden. You’ll notice the posts stick out a bit, this is to secure the frame.
Then flip over and move the garden frames into your sunny location giving at least 2′ on every side in order to get to your garden.
Make sure the beds are level. This might require digging down on some of you planks.
Remember, you can put this right over lawn. Just lay down some newspaper over the grass before you add the dirt and compost.
Fill with garden dirt and great compost and you should be good to go with your raised garden for the spring.
Don’t stop at one, build one for your neighbour as well! If you want to see the plans I originally used for these gardens, you can view the raised garden plans here. They also give good ideas on how to use PVC pipe to create a domed approach to frost protection. I’ve done it and it works wonderfully!
Levelling the Raised Garden Bed

Levelling the Garden Bed

Building one of the raised garden beds

Hard at work building the frame of one of the five raised garden frames.