STEP 1. Prepare your plot
Wondering where you should put your plot? If you have the choice within your garden, pick somewhere that gets a decent amount of sunlight each day – ideally between 4 and 6 hours. Depending on which way your garden faces, try to aim your raised bed north to south, so the plants don’t shade each other as they grow.
When it comes to measuring out – if your boards are pre-sized, lay them out flat with the inner corners touching. Then mark out your plot with string, using the boards as a guide. For regular un-sized timber, mark out the plot size you want first, then cut your wood to match.
Next, to give your raised bed the best change of forming deep roots and proper drainage, it’s crucial you take the top layer of turf off. So, grab your spade and dig up the top layer all the way round, using your string outline as a guide. If you’re struggling, you can always put down a layer of newspaper or tarp for a week or so to kill the patch of grass – making it easier to remove.