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Raised Garden Beds - Easiest & Cheapest

These are the cheapest & easiest raised garden beds you can make. We made ours in under 15 minutes for under 30 dollars. You can stain it, or leave it as is. Step-by-step tutorial & cuts.
Time: 15 Minutes Cost: $29.73 Difficulty: Easy
Ever since starting a family, six years ago, Glen has wanted to have a raised garden bed. My mother-in-law has a total green thumb and has passed it down to Glen. We have always lived in extremely new developments without a yard and in the city and up until recently never had time to make a garden. Well enough was enough. With the climbing prices of electricity, heat, food and basic life, why not grow you own veggies & fruit?
I made this super easy raised garden bed without Glens help. It's a basic box just screws together and I'm pretty happy with the end result. So lets get started shall we?
These beds might not be the most amazing looking beds. But let me tell you, they will cost under 30 dollars for a 510 bed & they will take you under 15 minutes to assemble! Talk about great bang for your buck!
What You Need For Your Raised Garden Bed
-Three 2x10x10 We used pine, and they cost 9.44/board
-One 2x2x8
-Stain of choice, or you can leave plain. We already had stain so this cost us nothing
- Sixteen 2 Screws
How To Make Your Raised Garden Bed

Yayyyyy! So lets get started on the easiest project of all time. I mean, do you really need a tutorial? I'll share anyways. So cut your third 2x10x10 board in half ( make sure you measure to make sure each length is exactly 5 in length ) Sometimes they can be slightly longer or shorter than 10.
Once you've made that cut. Cut your 22's into four 8 lengths. Now it's assembly time!
Here's a shot of me putting the box together.
Once you've screwed all four 22's onto your two end pieces, you want to screw the long pieces on. I drove four screws into each 22 and it was very strong.
Here's the finished box, I then stained it in Early American. The sun will fade the color, but if you're using builder grade pine, anything will look better than faded pine.
Our bed doesn't sit totally flat on our ground as our yard is very unlevelled & lumpy. You can put down cardboard or newspaper prior to putting the soil in the box.
We used a 50/50 mix of fish fertilizer & top soil. A great mix for feeding your plants the nutrients they need. This is the tiring part. We had to fill 11 wheelbarrows with soil. We have a pretty big yard so we had to wheel it around the entire yard to the right side. Phew! Great workout though.
I also made some cute little markers out of some scrap in our scrap pile. I just picked up a sharpie and wrote on the wood. The boys loved sounding the words out to find what one belonged to what seed. They're 4&6, it's so fun to see them read. Yes, I'm totally aware I put an apostrophe on the "peas"... ugh.. it was hot in the sun, okay?!
Then the fun part began! Planting all the goodness in our new raised garden bed! Your seed packets & plants will tell you exactly how far down & how far apart to plant them. It is really made so simple these days to grow your own food. We purchased organic plants & seeds for our garden. Even if you don't buy organic seeds, growing your own produce is literally 99% better than purchasing from a store.
Hope your enjoyed our easy DIY for a raised garden bed. It was so fun teaching the boys how to live off the land with their hands.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 2x10x10   (Hardware Store)
  • Screws

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  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV
    on May 16, 2016

    I LOVE my raised beds and plan to make them taller as I get older and can not bend so good. But have learned when first making a boxed bed, lay a small gage strong wire under the ground to prevent critters from digging up and eating your crop before you do.

  • Roberta Lenski
    Roberta Lenski Ann Arbor, MI
    on May 16, 2016

    I have had raised beds for 15 years. Even easier - buy precut stakes at Lowe's. The stakes are usually used for marking when doing cement work. Simply pound the stakes on either side of the boards to hold them upright. No screws - or additional work. And it can be easily moved or expanded. Mine are still sturdy after 15 years.

    • Arlene S. King
      Arlene S. King Canada
      on May 17, 2016

      Great advice. Thanks! I've added your ideas to my "instructions" for when I can get my paid helper to make it for me.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on May 16, 2016

    Fabulous! I have a similar raised bed and those little markers are a great idea!

    • Candy
      Candy Salem, MO
      on Oct 12, 2016

      Please be sure to spray them with a clear coat paint, or better yet, paint the plant names on. I've used markers and with rain, or when you water your plants, the marker (even the permanent ones) will wash off. Last year, we gathered rocks for our herb garden, and during the winter, being bored to death, I painted the rocks, painted a picture of the herb or painted on the name of the herb, clear coated it and they were so cute laying in among the herbs as they grew.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on May 17, 2016

    Great post and great comments. My son said a friend of theirs who lives in Florida collects kids pools from people's trash...then fills them with dirt after punching in some drain holes and makes individual gardens! LOL...he said they were behind a privacy fence in every color imaginable! We have 1 small plastic pool that we use in gardening. We drag out to use to put plants in until we can get them out. We set it under a shade tree and water. If it takes a couple of days to get all the plants out, not problem! If you are old like me and still want to garden, set them on old tables!

    • Arlene S. King
      Arlene S. King Canada
      on May 17, 2016

      Once my paid helper has finished weeding my backyard (no more grass for me!) I will start getting tables collected for my various veggie planters. I'm still wanting raised gardens, too, but it takes so much more time and money than free tables!

  • Deeotto
    Deeotto Gansevoort, NY
    on May 17, 2016

    As the wood rotted inside at the corners, my screws pulled out. Solution was to use some metal strapping at the corners to hold it all together. Also give the boxes a rugged and industrial appearance.

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