DIY Raised Garden Bed

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.
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
super easy diy raised garden bed
The Materials
super easy diy raised garden bed
Cut two of the boards in half to make four 4' lengths. Cut the post into four 2' lengths.
super easy diy raised garden bed
Using the posts in the four corners, nail or screw the boards to the posts so that there are 2 boards on each side.
super easy diy raised garden bed
Dig 4 holes where the posts will go and put the bed in place. Backfill any holes with dirt.
super easy diy raised garden bed
Fill the bed with your garden soil of choice.
super easy diy raised garden bed
Enjoy your garden!

Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Dot
    on Jun 17, 2017

    Did you remove the grass?

    • News
      on Aug 4, 2017

      We don't and have no trouble with it growing through 15" of dirt.
      We do line the sides with plastic mulch (the waterproof kind) to help keep the wood drier.

  • Roz Rutstein
    on Jul 21, 2017

    I think I could do this on a patio 2 stories up.
    I think I would need a base and maybe one more layer of wooden wall.
    Do you think I could garden on my patio with this design?

    • Mary Dousi
      on Apr 18, 2018

      I don't know i think with the soil in it .IT WOULD BE TOO HEAVY FOR THE DECK TO HOLD UP

  • Cit24302123
    on Sep 3, 2017

    Does this make just one raised bed?

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  • Jean
    on Aug 12, 2017

    I made one a few years ago ,but I like the way you built yours..i Will Do One Like This One.

  • Pmo18187837
    on Aug 16, 2017 husband just finished my second garden bed! Too late for veggies this season but watch out next year!!!.....

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