Having just moved to my parent's home I now have space to do a real garden and actually have a place to have a compost pile.
The soil here is very hard and full of rocks so raised beds are what will work best. We all have bad backs and arthritis so I took that into account when I searched for a plan. I found several on Pinterest and chose this one because I liked how it looked and it seemed that it would last a long time.
They didn't have instructions so I just made my own. My bed is 3' x 8' and 26" tall. I'm short with short arms and that seemed a doable size to me.
There is an extra piece of 2x4 behind each vertical post so we could screw the corrugated tin panels in for plenty of support. We made each panel and screwed them together right where it sits as it is very heavy. The wood is so wet we will wait until Spring to paint it.
Dad used his rototiller to dig up the ground a bit where this sits so we could level it and have it slightly lower than the ground level so dirt does not wash out. Apparently that was a problem with another bed Dad built.
For filling it I started with 4 layers of cardboard from my moving boxes then added some cut up small tree limbs Dad had laying around (that helped clean up the yard). We'd been saving veggie scraps in the freezer for 2 weeks so I thawed those to add along with some stale and moldy bread. Then I added ten 40 pound bags of top soil, it's not very good as it has a lot of sand and some small rocks but for the bottom it will provide good drainage. That filled this bed up about 1/3 after I watered it down well. We'll continue to add kitchen scraps, newspaper, cardboard and soil this winter and in spring we will top it off with good garden soil and manure mix.
In spring we'll build a compost bin. Dad wants another bed like this already but we need to wait as I still have not found a job. This will give us a good start. We are taking apart the two 4x4 beds Dad made and will reuse that wood to make one taller 4x4 bed for the tomato. Yes, just one tomato. My friends have seeds for a native wild tomato that grows huge and will overflow the 4x4 bed. The fruit is slightly bigger than a Roma but tastes wonderful and is very prolific until the frost hits it. I had to use a shovel to dig out the stalk and root.