I either needed someone to hold the lumber while I nailed or needed clamps or a vise. Idiscovered this after boards came loose and I had littered the air with blue words. In the end, I got enough nails into the lumber to hold it together (I'm sure my neighbors had a goodlaugh watching me do this). The pressure of the garden soil also helped keep the shape of theraised bed garden box together. The point is that raised beds don't have to be works of art -- they don't have to be structurallysound or be able to withstand a 7.3 earthquake. They just have to hold soil. I grew lots of things in those to raised beds: tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, oregano, squash, beans,dill, basil, eggplant, spinach, musk melon (small cantaloupe), scallions, and fennel.It's astonishing how much could grow in a small raised bed garden. I also did it with the help ofvertical gardening using trellises. One of the greatest advantages to raised bed gardening is that you control the soil content. Let's say you've got clay soil like I do here in Tidewater Virginia. Not a problem. Build some raisedbeds and filled them with a mix of garden soil, compost and something to lighten it up --vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, or even some sand. One thing you should know is to never usetopsoil -- it's too dense and muddy. I personally use Miracle-Gro products -- I like their water retention mix. Most of their soils haveplant food already mixed in and you can buy garden soil, topsoil, and/or potting mix. Every once in awhile, I'll combine garden soil with potting mix because the potting mix already hassome perlite in it and this tends to be a lighter, fluffier soil. One of the things you want to avoid in raised bed or container gardening is heavy soil density. It'slike trying to grow plants in wet concrete. The lighter and fluffier it is the easier it will be for plants'roots to grow. And raised bed gardening does not have to be on the ground. If you have a bad back or you haveavoided gardening because you don't want to look like one of those pieces of bent over garden art-- you know the ones, women with fat butts in bloomers -- build your garden beds higher. You can stack your raised beds on top of each other. Just make sure to anchor the boxes togetherso that the top box doesn't slip off the bottom. Or you could get wider pieces of lumber to makethem higher. You can grow just about anything in a raised bed. From potatoes to tomatoes to a cutting gardenfull of zinnias, you can do it in a raised bed. The only exceptions would be really large-scale shrubs like azaleas and hydrangeas or trees.Although, you could probably plant dwarf trees in them. If you want to grow larger scale veggieslike squash, zucchini, melon, or watermelon, you'll probably need most of one end of the raisedbed for them to sprawl out in.