How to Make a Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds are a great way to garden. They let you take control of your soil, are easier on your back, and can help keep animals out. Making a raised garden bed is a fun project and can be even more fun with a product called the M Brace.
The M Brace by Art of Garden is one of those products that not only makes the project easier and faster, it makes it look classier, too. Here’s how you can create your own raised garden bed using the M Brace by Art of Garden.
- Decide on either the M Brace or M Brace Mini and then select your style.
- Locate or create a flat surface in your yard.
- Position your M Braces and then insert your lumber in the slots.
- Optionally secure the lumber to the M Braces using the screw holes.
- Fill the raised garden bed with high quality soil.
- Plant herbs, flowers, and/or vegetables and enjoy!
Here are a few quick tips on some of the materials and what to plant.
Avoid any lumber treated with chemicals as this might leach into the soil and your vegetables (assuming you’re growing vegetables/herbs to eat). Cedar and redwood is good, naturally rot-resistant lumber for a raised garden bed. You can use four 2×12’s, eight 2×6’s, eight 2×6’s and a four 2×4’s (the boards will extend a bit beyond the height of the M Brace) or other combinations of lumber. Your raised garden bed can be up to 14” high with the M Brace and up to 10” high with the M Brace Mini.
Use Google to find a local business that delivers high quality soil. Soil mixed with compost is great. The better the quality, the better your herbs, flowers, and vegetables–but keep in mind your soil will need to be rejuvenated annually. Soil is delivered in cubic yards. Determine how many cubic yards you’ll need and plan for a little bit to spare.
It’s obvious, but what you plant depends on where you live. Use a climate zone map to determine what will grow best in your area–and then make sure to water it and take care of it according to the directions!
We think the M Brace is a great way to simplify making a raised garden bed and make it really attractive in the process. You can check them out at DIY Home Center and see which style is right for you! If you’re looking for a smaller raised bed, make sure to check out the M Brace Mini, typically used as starter gardens for young gardeners or whimsical butterfly gardens. Regardless of your style, raised gardens provide years of great gardening!