Vegetable garden bed construction materials should be chosen carefully. Some concerns exist regarding the use of pressure-treated timber. Pine that was treated using chromated copper arsenate or CCA, a toxic chemical mix for preserving timber that may leach chemicals into the soil which in turn can be drawn up into the plants, is a concern for vegetable growers, where part or all of the plant is eaten. If using timber to raise the garden bed, ensure that it is an untreated hardwood to prevent the risk of chemicals leaching into the soil. A common approach is to use timber sleepers joined with steel rods to hold them together.
I wish somebody would build a Square Foot Gardening grid that you can insert into a raised garden bed to mark off squares, but until this is available, if you want to use the Square Foot Gardening method, you will need to devise your own method for marking off squares.
Companion planting is something to consider when planting in your raised vegetable garden beds. Companion herbs and companion vegetables help in the control of insects and will improve the health of the garden.
Number of anchors per board: (Usable Length / Spacing for anchors) - 1. For my beds, I need 7 separators for each 8 foot board and 3 for each 4 foot board.