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***This would be perfect. Measuring 8 feet by 8 feet, this garden provides 45 square feet of planting space, perfect for a family of four.

Lay down a thick layer of CARDBOARD in your raised garden beds to kill the grass. It is perfectly safe to use and will fully decompose, but not before killing any grass below it. They’ll also provide compost and food for worms.

Cinder block herb garden. keeps the spreading to a minimum. Cheap way to make an herb garden. You can paint the bricks too to make them look nicer.

Great for raised beds or pots. Beds 3-4 feet wide, length is as long as you want. Can use: newspaper 1/2 inch, old straw, leaves, old hay, potting mix or compost, manure, at least a foot deep.

Building My "Special" Raised Garden Beds.Because I needed some protection from the sun in some of my test beds I installed some “removeable” shade cloth. Because these plants bloom better in full sun I only put it on a bed when I am collecting pollen for hybridizing or fertilizing; to protect me from the sizzling sun, then I remove it.