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.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

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.

  1. Decide on either the M Brace or M Brace Mini and then select your style.
  2. Locate or create a flat surface in your yard.
  3. Position your M Braces and then insert your lumber in the slots.
  4. Optionally secure the lumber to the M Braces using the screw holes.
  5. Fill the raised garden bed with high quality soil.
  6. 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.

lumber to use for raised garden bed

Lumber to Use For Raised Garden Bed


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.

soil for raised beds

Soil for Raised Beds


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!

planting raised garden beds

Planting Raised Garden Beds

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!

Easy & Affordable Raised Garden Beds With Timber Hex

Looking for fun DIY projects that won’t break the bank and aren’t overly complex? With Screw Products Timber Hex screws, garden timber, and a little sweat (and possibly a tan), you can put together a raised garden bed or a planter as a fun weekend project.

How To Build A Raised Garden Bed – Photo by This Old House

You might think of using spikes with garden timber lumber, but Timber Hex screws are a superior alternative for many reasons.

One, they hold better and install faster than spikes.

They’re also reusable. Last year’s project can be disassembled and reassembled as something better–using the same materials.

Of course, you also get all the advantages of Screw Products screw–a free bit, no stripping, no camout, and a screw that digs into the material without requiring Herculean force.

Screw Products Timber Hex Screws come in #14×4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. You can purchase in bulk, which gives you 250 screws, or buy a jar with 50 screws.

landscape timber screws

So, if you’re thinking of a fun outdoor project that uses garden timbers, and you want it to last, check out Screw Products Timber Hex Screws, now available at DIY Home Center.

See a complete step-by-step guide on how to build a raised garden bed with landscape timbers at This Old House