There are two VERY IMPORTANT things to follow when starting a Garden!
1) Size. ALWAYS start smaller…You can add on! Never make it bigger then you are able to maintain and keep weed free.
2) Find the right location. You need an area that gets a good amount of sunshine through out the day! The More Sunshine the better!
Your first step will be to lay your garden out. I prefer to use Cardboard, (Pizza boxes actually), but you can use newspaper also. Then take a shovel and put a trench around the square you have laid out. Pick up the boxes or newspaper, and dig up the sod within the square. Just enough to bring up the roots of the grass, then lay the boxes back down.
Now it is time to build your box! Make sure you use rot resistant lumbers. I prefer cedar two by six boards and galvanized screws. (Will not rust) Use a level and make sure your box is level or else you will have problems with water pooling.
TIME TO ADD THE DIRT!
Use quality top soil, rotted manure, and compost. Mix it up, level it off, and your garden is ready to go! The GREAT thing about Raised Gardens is that each year you just add a little manure and compost and you are ready to go! I also like to add some used coffee grounds and crushed up eggs shells to my soil, and my plants LOVE IT!