How To Make a Raised Garden Bed


Grow fresh, convenient edibles in a raised garden bed in your own yard

2-4 hours

The best way to grow fresh edibles in your own yard is in a raised garden bed. Raised bed kits come in different styles and sizes, and can often hold as many plants as you like. They’re great for yards with poor or compacted soil.

Making your own salsa ingredients only requires that you add dirt, vegetables, herbs and water.

Learn how to choose a location for your raised bed, how to set it up, and how to plant and maintain your vegetables in this guide.


Select a location & assemble the kit
Raised Bed Garden

• Choose a flat, sunny spot for the bed. Don't worry about the condition of the soil in your chosen location since you will be adding your own quality soil.
• Put your raised bed kit together according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some kits are stackable, so you can grow plants with long root stems.

line the bed with landscape fabric
Raised Bed Garden

Line the bottom of the bed with weed block or landscape fabric. This barrier between the soil in the bed, and the soil in your yard, helps keep weeds and grass from growing.

Tip: Remember that this fabric is porous and will allow water to pass through for drainage.

add soil
Raised Bed Garden

Add enough soil and compost to almost fill the bed.

Add edible plants or seeds
Raised Bed Garden

• Add plants or seeds.
• As they grow, support them as needed with stakes, props, or cages.
• Water regularly if rainfall is scarce.
• Plants need about one inch of water a week once they are up and actively growing.

What to Grow in Your Raised Garden Bed

What you grow in your garden depends on your appetite! Choose to grow a themed edible garden - one that has all the ingredients you need for a delicious meal, right there in your back yard.

Salsa Garden

In the front of your raised bed, plant 1 oregano plant and 9 red onions. 

In the middle of your raised bed, plant 1 cilantro, 1 serrano, fresno chili or chile de arbol pepper (staked), and 1 Roma tomato (caged). 

Salad Garden

In the front of your raised bed, plant carrots, radishes and onions.

In the middle of your raised bed, lettuce and baby spinach.

In the back of your raised bed, plant peppers (staked) and tomatoes (caged).