Follow our step-by-step guide to building the ultimate raised garden bed. From garden design to planting, we have all the best garden ideas for your very own backyard vegetable garden. Visit our Garden Centre to get started today!
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How to Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden

Step One

Pick Your Plants

  • Choose from our wide selection of seeds or pre-seeded vegetables online or at your local Garden Centre.
  • Have fun picking your vegetables, from leafy kale to juicy tomatoes.  
  • Tip: Kale, chard, zucchini, and beans are the easiest vegetables to grow.
Step Two

Choose Your Raised Garden Bed

  • Choose from our selection of raised garden beds online or at your nearest Lowe’s. 
  • You can pick  between different materials like cedar and vinyl.
    • Cedar raised garden beds are weather and rot resistant, and are biodegradable.
    • Vinyl raised garden beds are long lasting and are usually available in a variety of colours.  
  • Look for a raised garden bed that is around 100 square feet to get started. Once you become more familiar with vegetable gardening, you can increase the size.  
Step Three

Pick an Area to Grow Your Vegetables

Find a spot in your backyard that gets plenty of sunlight —  most plants need six hours of sunlight to grow. The amount of space needed depends on the size of raised garden bed. 
Step Four

Clear the Ground

Clear the ground of grass and weeds using a rake and shovel. Then use a level to make sure your raised garden bed is even.  
Step Five

Build Your Raised Garden Bed

We recommend stapling a large steel hardware cloth to the bottom of the raised garden bed. This will help keep the weeds out of your vegetable garden.

Note: Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when constructing your raised garden bed

Step Six

Add Soil to Your Raised Garden Bed

  • Incorporate soil specific to vegetables. This soil will be filled with the proper nutrients to ensure a healthy garden. Be sure to speak to a specialist at your local Lowe’s Garden Centre for more information.  
  • Use a spading fork to integrate the nutrients and loosen the soil. This will help roots penetrate the garden bed. 
Step Seven


Plan out where you want to plant your vegetables before you start digging. Pay attention to the instructions on the back of the seed packet. The size of the vegetables will determine how far apart and how deep you should be planting each seed or pre-seeded vegetable.
Step Eight

Mulch & Water

  • To keep your newly planted garden healthy, make sure to mulch. This protects the roots from extreme temperatures and deters weeds from growing near your vegetables.    
  • Vegetable plants need plenty of water, so be sure to regularly water your vegetable garden.   
Tip: To ensure your vegetables are getting enough water, considering installing an irrigation system. Check out our selection of drip irrigation tools.

How to Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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