Building a Raised Bed Garden

RaisedbedMany homesteaders find raised bed gardening more successful than gardening in-ground.  Some of those reasons include the soil thawing out quicker than in ground so that you are able to start your gardening a bit sooner.  Also, you are able to add to work the soil easier because it is raised.  It is also easier on your back.  but what are we looking at in terms of dimensions?

Here are a few tips:

  • 4 feet in width is good because you can sit on either side of the bed to do some weeding.
  • Length is not as important but normally you are looking at about 8 to 12 feet in length
  • Depth, you can do 6 to 12 inches in depth but some plants require around 12 inches so 12 is probably best so that there are no limitations.
  • If you have back issues you can make the raised bed even higher.


  • Lumber (stay away from woods that have been preserved with toxins) – Cedar or redwood can be used
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Cinderblock

For a more complete list of materials including costs, pros and cons, please read “8 Materials For Raised Garden Beds” on Houzz.


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