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with Andy & Karen Chapman
Online Class

Building a Raised-Bed Garden

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h5m

Included in this Class

1. Designing Your Raised Bed

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

2. Preparing the Site

Discover the best materials for your garden bed with Andy's expert guidance to help you. Learn how to sketch your design and select lumber that will be strong and warm enough for your garden. Next, learn how to identify problems such as rot-prone or bowed wood and prepare your site before building.

3. Construction

3. Construction

Your preparation has paid off, and now it's time to construct your beds! Andy shares his favorite construction tools for the job and shows you how to cut your lumber to the perfect length. Next, assemble your materials and secure them using screws and optional braces.

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