The Proper Way to Build and Plant a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds are great backyard add-ons if you want to plant a vegetable patch or bed of greenery in a limited space. It’s also a great way to grow plants without fear of weeds and ground-dwelling pests.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of San Mateo shares the proper way to build and plant a raised garden.

Planning the Patch

First, you’ll want to decide where to house your raised garden. Since the soil and drainage are artificial, you can place it anywhere, even in a concrete base. It’s actually better to build it on bare soil or concrete as a wood base can get worn down by moisture escaping from the soil.

Similarly, you’ll want to avoid regular wood for the raised box as it won’t hold up to rain and moisture. We recommend vinyl as it can replicate the look of wood but isn’t weak to water damage. If you really want to go all-natural, consider pressure-treated lumber as it is designed to be as weather-resistant as possible.

Building the Box

This is actually the easiest part of the whole project as you’re just creating a box or rectangle to house the raised soil. Nail the sides together tightly with your hammer and test it by adding small amounts of soil. For boxes with bottoms, you’ll want to drill one-inch holes every 12 inches to allow excess water to escape. For mobile boxes, the base needs to have casters attached to it.


Instead of completely filling the box with soil, you’ll only want to fill about three-quarters of the bed with it. Spray it with water to help the soil settle and plant your crops as usual. After sowing the seeds, cover the crops with one last, thin layer of dirt.

Avoid filling the soil with fertilizer this early as you want the crops to settle in the soil for a while. We recommend waiting for one or two weeks before adding fertilizer or mulch.

Handyman Connection of San Mateo is ready to assist you with your home gardening needs. Fill out our form or call us at (650) 437-8995 to learn more about our services.

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