Assembly Instructions for Raised Garden Bed Kit
Quick and easy instructions for our raised garden bed kits.
Durable GreenBed raised garden bed kits are easy to assemble.
Watch this instructional video, or scroll down for printable instructions and a photo gallery.
Assembling a 4x8x2’ Tall No-Bend raised garden bed kit (click photos for lightbox)
A raised garden bed is the serious gardener’s dream come true: From weeding to harvesting, in cool climates and waterlogged soils, Durable GreenBed raised garden beds are the perfect solution to a host of problems. The beds are made out of highly recycled content and will last for over 25 years. All you need is a place to put the bed and about an hour to complete this simple project.
Gardening in in our tall raised beds means you don't have to bend over as much, saving on your back. The soil warms faster in spring and drains faster in wet weather. Get our easy step-by-step instructions for building your Durable Greenbed raised bed for vegetables and other crops in your garden.
CONGRATULATIONS on purchasing the finest raised bed garden kit on the market. Your completed GreenBed™ will provide many years of service, far in excess of wood.
WHILE ASSEMBLING PLEASE USE CAUTION:
GreenBed™ panels are strong, but THEY CAN FRACTURE if handled roughly.
DO NOT stand on panels.
Also, when using the rubber washer screws, DO NOT over tighten them. Use a low torque setting on your cordless drill and FINISH TIGHTENING all screws with a .” socket wrench to avoid stripping out theGreenBed™ material.
IMPORTANT NOTE: TOP goes up. the colored dimple on each panel indicates that this is the TOP of the installed panel. Also, the properly installed bracket is FLUSH with the top of the GreenBed™ panel.
Step by Step Assembly of a 4x8 Durable Greenbed (see tips above)
(1) Level the garden site! A level site will make the installation go much smoother. Remove rocks, roots and debris that may prevent the panels from sitting straight and level.
(2a) Line up the holes of the corner bracket with the colored dimple. After aligning the bracket to the colored dimple, the bracket should be flush with the top surface of the panel. If not, simply turn the bracket end-for-end and the alignment will be correct. Use the 1 1/2” screws to attach the bracket. Carefully hand tighten.
(2b) Now install a corner bracket on the other side of this panel. Then outfit another panel with two corner brackets. You now have two completed end panels each with two corner brackets
(3a) Now you are going to outfit two new panels, each with one joiner bracket. Place a new
4’ x 2’ Durable GreenBed™ panel on your work table, smooth side up.
(3b) Line up flat, joiner bracket with marked dimples. NOTE: Make sure the small slot in the joiner bracket is at the top of the panel and the bracket is flush with the top side.
(3c) Attach with 1 1/2” screws.
(3d) Next, create a second side panel using same steps above, however, this panel will have the joiner bracket installed on the opposite edge compared to the first panel you assembled (see photo in instructions).
(4a) Now you are ready to start assembling the panels in your garden! Position one of the end panels with the corner brackets in the garden.
(4b) Take one of the panels with the joiner bracket (make sure you have the top of the panel UP) and mate the bare end of the panel into the corner bracket. NOTE: You may have to dig out dirt from under the panel at one end or even shim up the panel for the joint to be square and straight at the cornerbracket and the panel to be level.
(4c) Once the panel is level and it is seated into the corner joint, attach it with the 1 1/2” screws.
(5) Now, install the other panel with the joiner bracket into the other corner of the end panel. Again, make sure the joint is square and the panels are level before attaching it with the 1 1/2” screws. After this step you have an end panel and two side panels.
(6a) Next, take one of the remaining panels (smooth side out) with no brackets and install it to the joiner bracket out in the garden using the 1 1/2” screws to lengthen the side wall of the bed. Again, shim the panel or dig out from under it to keep the panels all level.
(6b) Install the last panel without brackets on the other side of the bed. When you are finished with this step, both 8’ sidewalls of your GreenBed™ will be complete.
(7) Now install the end panel with the pre-installed corners (flush brackets UP!) to complete the walls of the bed. You will need to adjust the side walls to mate up with the corners of the end panel. Use the 1 1/2” screws to secure the corners.
(8a) NOTE: Sight down the walls of the squared up bed to make sure that the sidewalls are straight, as seen above. You can move the sides in or out until they are perfectly straight. Check the finished assembly for squareness by measuring both directions diagonally.
(8b) Dimensions should be within 3/8” of each other. Adjust as necessary to square it up.
(9) Once your GreenBed™ is square, add the wire cable to the center joiner brackets. Slip each end of the cable into the slot at the top of the bracket to provide additional strength.
(10a) Use a hammer and a block of wood to drive a plastic stake into each bracket opening.
TIP: If the ground is dry or hard, ll the bracket with water and let it seep into the ground. This will soften the ground, allowing the stake to be driven in.
(10b) Make sure that the plastic stakes are flush with the top of the brackets so that the stakes do not interfere with the trim installation.
Congratulations, you now have the GreenBed™ box completed. Time for Trim
(11) Lay out pieces of cardboard from your packaging to protect your trim. Arrange the four trim pieces so that each arrow points outward. Apply water resistant wood glue to the dowels, and insert into the short trim pieces. Apply a thin coat to both surfaces of the corner joint including the dowels. Use a 1 5/8” screw to draw the joint tight.
(12) Turn the cedar trim over and center the frame on the bed. It overhangs about 1” to the outside with a slight overhang to the inside. Use 3” screws to fasten the wood trim at each of the pre-drilled pilot holes.
Now fill your Durable GreenBed™ with soil and compost. Plant it and enjoy it for years to come.