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Build Your Own

If you want to "Chard Your OWN Yard" you can use these plans to create a raised garden bed yourself.

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We welcome folks to volunteer for "Chard Your Yard" to learn how to build raised garden beds. It's a great way to learn by doing and you help your community as well! Sign up to volunteer!

Shopping List

4 - 2x6 treated boards - 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 treated board - 4 feet
1 box - #5 2.5 inch deck screws - (At least 36 screws total)
½ cubic yard of garden soil (Available from our program - Soil Sales)
  ½ cubic yard of garden soil equals about 20 - 5 gallon buckets of soil


4 -  2X6 5 ft long sides
4 -  2X6 3 ft short sides
4 -  2X2 8 in corner braces
3 dozen 5# 2.5” deck screws
½ cubic yard dirt (50% compost/50% topsoil)
Cordless drill & bit


CYY Garden Bed Layout


  • Cut the 8 foot 2x6 boards into two pieces - one 3 feet long, the other 5 feet long
  • Cut the 4 foot 2x2 into 4 equal 1 foot pieces
  • Assemble short side first
  • Lay 2 - 3ft 2x6 side by side on saw horse or work surface
  • Align a 2x2 board on the end of the 2x6.  Attach the 2x2 on the side of the 2x6 that will be the inside the garden frame.
  • Use 4 screws to attach each 2X2 to each end (see below)

Garden Bed Assembly 1

  • Repeat for second short side
  • With 2 people stand assembled short sides up on ends
  • Place long side boards across 2 ends lining them up straight

Garen Bed Assembly 2

  • Screw 2 screws thru each board end, connecting the corners
  • Flip bed to unfinished side and repeat with last 2 boards
  • Position the assembled bed and fill with soil.

Please consider using your new skill to help others by volunteering! 

Calculate the Amount of Soil you need!

Here's a handy online tool to calculate the amount of soil you will need for any size garden!

Last updated - 2022-04-01