Super Easy DIY Raised Garden Bed

45 Minutes

If you have basic hand tools like a saw and a hammer you can build a simple, functional raised garden bed out of common lumber found at your hardware store. Modern treated lumber is safe for garden use, unlike in the past, and is weather resistant. This will keep out turtles and slow down weeds from overtaking your plants.
DIY Raised Garden Bed
Purchase the following materials:

(6) 2"x6"x8' pressure treated boards
(1) 4"x4"x8' pressure treated post
nails or screws (at least 2-3" and rated for outdoor use)
garden soil or top soil with amendments of your choice
The Materials
Cut two of the boards in half to make four 4' lengths. Cut the post into four 2' lengths.
Using the posts in the four corners, nail or screw the boards to the posts so that there are 2 boards on each side.
Dig 4 holes where the posts will go and put the bed in place. Backfill any holes with dirt.
Fill the bed with your garden soil of choice.
Enjoy your garden!

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  • Diane Arsenault
    on Mar 3, 2019

    Is this deep enough for roots of plants. 12" doesn't seem like enough. I want to plant tomatoes, zucchini and cukes.

    • Linda Arceneaux
      on May 4, 2019

      PT lumber is PERFECTLY safe for growing veggies. It HAS been since the Industry stopped adding harmful carcinogens, DECADES ago.

      Please do some homework before making pronouncements that will discourage people from using a a PERFECTLY safe, COST EFFECTIVE building material for growing food.

      I've used PT for every raised bed I've built (just like this tutorial) since 2006.

      Great tutorial, BTW!


  • Ron
    on Mar 7, 2019

    Do you till the ground where the bed will be covering?

    • Linda Arceneaux
      on May 4, 2019

      One easy way is to lay dark plastic in the bed location, in advance of your build, too solarize the weeds, which need light and water to grow. Ideally, , a couple months/weeks before your build should do it.

      If you decide to til, adopt the motto of "one and done." After that initial tilling, use a green-handled garden fork to break open your soil.

      Save the soil structure and biology that will develop over time, as well as your worms and other beneficial soil residents.


  • Ron
    on Mar 7, 2019

    Do you till the ground where the bed will be laid?

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