Ever wonder why raised gardens are typically rectangular? Maybe we have been planting in rows for so long it’s instinctive and, we assume, “correct.” I would rather have two 4′ square raised garden beds than one typical 4′ x 8′ size.
Depending on the size of your space, one garden bed may be enough. You could still plant in rows if you like, but you may want to look into square foot planting, to maximize the yield of your garden. Just one raised garden bed yields a lot of vegetables.
Consider the benefits of square raised beds:
- Save your back, with less bending and reaching
- 1 person can carry lumber and materials that will fit in a car
- Fit in more spaces in your yard
- Assemble and build on concrete
- No walking on soil for healthier garden
- Limit digging or damage by pets
- Easy and efficient maintenance
- Keep your shoes clean
Square raised beds make for more efficient gardening that can fit in any backyard. Best of all, it makes this project really simple and fast.
Tools and Materials:
- Buy one 16′ x 2″ x 10″ board and cut into 4 – 4′ long boards (Most lumber yards and home improvement stores will cut into 4′ pieces for you)
- Buy two 8′ x 2″ x 4″ boards and cut into 4 – 2′ x 2″ x 4″ pieces angled at one end for ground stakes (Ask your retailer to cut down to fit them in a smaller car)
- Deck Screws 3″ – 1 box of 50
- Cordless Drill
- Set up the 4′ x 2″ x 10″ pieces on your driveway, square them up, and put four screws in each corner
- Gather and sort the 2′ long stakes with a point on one end
- Select the location, level the ground, and loosen dirt before placing frame over it (for improved drainage)
- Pound two stakes on the outside of each side with two screws in each stake
- Fill with quality planting soil and start planting!
Do you have raised garden beds? Please let us know if you have any tips to share.