Choose the Location
Cut the lumber
Building the support
Fill in the area
Putting in a raised garden bed by the driveway or mail box adds color and interest to your landscaping. Enclosed by cedar frames, these gardens are ideal for bulbs, annuals, and perennials. Better yet, they are easy to maintain.
You're going to build a bottomless box to frame your garden. So choose a five-foot square area by the driveway or the mailbox. Five square feet of your beautiful lawn is in the way. It's got to go. Mow it as short as you can, or spray the area with Roundup® Weed and Grass Killer.
You want weather-resistant lumber to enclose your garden. You can either cut the pieces to size yourself, or have someone at the building-supply store do it for you.
Even if you're not handy with tools, putting the pieces together to shape your garden is easy.
Now you're ready to shovel in topsoil or native soil to cover the bottom of the garden. Add 6 inches of garden soil on top, then mix the soils.
You can add many different kinds of plants, depending on your style and personality. Plant your bulbs first if you're using them. Follow up with your perennials and annuals. Some people have better luck putting the taller plants in the middle and the smaller plants along the sides.
Pull weeds that appear as they steal vital nutrients and water from your plants.
Follow up with regular feedings of Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed Plant Food for bigger, better blooms.