Introduction

Roger Cook and kids around the completed raised vegetable garden
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Age Range: 6 and up

Here’s a great project for the budding gardener in your family. This Old House TV landscape contractor Roger Cook recently built a raised garden with a few young friends. It’s a simple frame of rot-resistant lumber that holds soil in place and brings it to a height that’s easy for everyone to reach without stepping onto precious plants—plus no more dirty knees (or at least fewer dirty knees).

Plant a vegetable patch in your new garden. Kids will have tons of fun caring for their seedlings as they mature. And what better reward is there for a garden well tended than a crisp carrot straight from the earth (washed, of course) or a nice ripe tomato right from the vine.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Jigsaw or circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • edger
      Edger or spade
    • grub hoe
      Sod cutter or grub hoe
    • pitchfork
      Pitchfork or rotary tiller
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • sledge hammer
      Sledgehammer
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw or handsaw

    Shopping List

    1. One 8-foot length of 2x10 cedar

    2. Two 10-foot lengths of 2x10 cedar

    3. Two 10-foot lengths of 2x4 cedar

    4. 3-inch deck screws

    5. Garden soil
    6. Compost

    7. Starter fertilizer appropriate for vegetables

    8. Vegetable seeds or seedlings

    9. Grass clippings for mulch