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Building a Raised-Bed Garden

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Create a raised-bed vegetable garden and learn essential woodworking skills along the way in this class presented in partnership with Lowe’s.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructors, Andy & Karen Chapman
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Reap the amazing rewards of the raised-bed garden with gardening and woodworking pros Karen and Andy Chapman in this special class from Craftsy and Lowe’s! First, learn how to accurately sketch and plan for your bed. Then, become comfortable with the tools and techniques you need to build a strong, long-lasting frame. Once your bed is in place, find out how to choose and prepare your soil, space and plant your seeds, and install a simple irrigation system to keep your plants healthy and hardy. Get Karen'’s tips for extending your garden’s growing season with hoop frames and row covers. Finally, give your plants the support they need with bamboo frames, custom tomato cages and more.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Designing Your Raised Bed
Meet returning Craftsy instructors Karen and Andy Chapman, who kick off the class with an introduction to raised-bed gardens. Karen walks you through considerations for bed alignment, sun exposure, pest control and soil. She also shares tips on which bed heights will work best for your needs.
2. Preparing the Site
3. Construction
4. Soil & Planting
5. Irrigation
6. Raised Bed Season Extenders
7. Raised Bed Plant Support

Recommended with this class

  • Garden dibber and row markers
  • Lumber, studs and/or posts (exact measurements and suggested types included in the downloadable class materials)
  • Tin snips

Taught by

Andy & Karen Chapman
Andy & Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman is a professional garden designer, award-winning author and owner of the Seattle-based garden design firm Le Jardinet. She also teaches garden design at a local community college and regularly contributes to industry publications, including Fine Gardening. Andy Chapman started his career in aerospace design and IT before turning his woodworking hobby into a full-time job. He began building raised beds for Le Jardinet, and now you can find his beautifully crafted work on

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