Budget Friendly Raised Garden Beds

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1 Hour

Whether you're a first time gardener or a pro, gardening costs add up. I'm going to show you how to build a budget friendly raised garden that will last for years to come.

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For a six foot bed you will need six cedar fence pickets, one 2" x 4", at least four feet long, exterior screws, a measuring tape, a drill and a saw. If you do not have an electric saw, a hand saw will suffice.


You will need to determine the height of two fence pickets, it should be approximately 11". You will then measure out four equal pieces of 2x4 to match that height. These will be your corner posts.

Measure and mark the halfway point of two fence pickets. These will be your short sides.


Once your 2x4 and cedar fence pickets are measured and marked, you're ready to make your cuts. We used a table saw, but hand saw will also work well for this.


Start by building your long side. Take one fence picket and line up a 2x4 on each end. We used a scrap 2x4 to straighten and level the fence picket with the 2x4. You can use a corner clamp as well if you have one. Once you are lined up drill four pilot holes. Pilot holes are used to help prevent the wood from splitting. Secure the fence picket to the 2x4 using exterior screws.

Once you have the top picket fence secured, go ahead and attach the bottom one the same way.

Your first long side is done, you will need one more identical side.

When your two long sides are finished stand them upright and align the three foot fence pickets. Start with the bottom boards. When it is square drill pilot holes and attach with screws.

It should look like this.

Once you have a short bottom board on each side you will attach the short top boards on each side. At this point your bed is complete.

Fill with your favorite soil and enjoy! Happy gardening!

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  • Katen Katen on Mar 15, 2023

    Love raised beds and pots. Back saver, and for me, easier to weed. Because I’m not as limber I’d build higher, but that’s easily done with your instructions. For those who want to get creative, bed in a bed to create tiers. Thanks for sharing

  • Alice Alice on Mar 15, 2023

    Your beds look great, well done! Happy gardening and harvesting!