Overview

overview illustration of a raised vegetable garden
Illustration: Carl Wiens
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Roger and the kids made this bed with rot-resistant cedar, a material that’s safe around the edible plants it will contain. Cedar will also turn a nice silvery gray as it weathers.
The bed here is 10 feet long, but you can make yours as long as the lumber allows. However, it should be no more than 4 feet wide so that little arms can reach the plants in the middle. Roger cut stakes from 2x4s and angled one end to a point to hold the frame in place and keep the sides from bowing once it’s filled with heavy soil.
Vegetable gardens need a lot of light, so Roger and his helpers placed the bed in an area that gets sun for most of the day. To improve drainage and prevent weeds from growing up into the garden, he removed the grass beneath the bed and tilled the earth before adding soil.
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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