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DIY Raised Vegetable Bed & Planting Plans

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Compact raised beds are the easiest and productive way to have a colorful, productive food garden in a small space.

Here are step­-by­step instructions for building your own small raised bed created by our Garden Manager Lindsay Del Carlo, along with her planting guide for a continuous kitchen garden all season long. We will also build this bed at the trial garden and keep you posted via video so we can all compare notes!

Materials & Cut List:

  • 7, 2x4x10 lumber (redwood, cedar or wood alternative like Trex are best, these are most rot resistant and long lasting. DO NOT USE PRESSURE TREATED WOOD for edible plants)
  • 2.5 inch self-tapping deck screws
  • 4 ft. x 6 ft. 3 inch sheet of galvanized hardware cloth
  • 20 cubic feet of planting mix for vegetables. (About 14, 1.5 c. ft. bags)
  • Large box of All-purpose granular vegetable fertilizer – Organic or conventional
  • Using 6 of the 2x4x10 lumber, cut so you have 6 – 4 ft. lengths, and 6 - 6 ft. lengths for the walls 
  • Using 1 of the 2x4x10 lumber, cut so you have 10 – 10.5 inch lengths to join the walls and corner

Tools:

  • Measuring tape 
  • Safety glasses 
  • Screw gun and bits (Hammer and nails are an alternative, but a screw gun makes the job much faster and easier.) 
  • Staple gun and staples (1 box of 9/16” staples) 
  • Wood clamps with at least a 12 inch opening 
  • Hand saw or electric circular saw 
  • Saw horses, or sturdy, flat surface for cutting wood 
  • Metal cutting snips 
  • Shovel Digging fork 
  • Bow Rake

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Spring Planting Plan

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Summer Planting Plan

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For more planting plans: Renees Kitchen Garden Designs

Materials & Cut List:

  • 7, 2x4x10 lumber (redwood, cedar or wood alternative like Trex are best, these are most rot resistant and long lasting. DO NOT USE PRESSURE TREATED WOOD for edible plants)
  • 2.5 inch self-tapping deck screws
  • 4 ft. x 6 ft. 3 inch sheet of galvanized hardware cloth
  • 20 cubic feet of planting mix for vegetables. (About 14, 1.5 c. ft. bags)
  • Large box of All-purpose granular vegetable fertilizer – Organic or conventional
  • Using 6 of the 2x4x10 lumber, cut so you have 6 – 4 ft. lengths, and 6 - 6 ft. lengths for the walls 
  • Using 1 of the 2x4x10 lumber, cut so you have 10 – 10.5 inch lengths to join the walls and corner

Tools:

  • Measuring tape 
  • Safety glasses 
  • Screw gun and bits (Hammer and nails are an alternative, but a screw gun makes the job much faster and easier.) 
  • Staple gun and staples (1 box of 9/16” staples) 
  • Wood clamps with at least a 12 inch opening 
  • Hand saw or electric circular saw 
  • Saw horses, or sturdy, flat surface for cutting wood 
  • Metal cutting snips 
  • Shovel Digging fork 
  • Bow Rake

Click For Construction Plans

LEFT COLUMN CONTENT BELOW HERE

Spring Planting Plan

LEFT COLUMN CONTENT ABOVE HERE

RIGHT COLUMN CONTENT BELOW HERE


Summer Planting Plan

RIGHT COLUMN CONTENT ABOVE HERE

 

For more planting plans: Renees Kitchen Garden Designs