DIY Raised Vegetable Garden Box

6 Materials
1 Hour

Here is an easy DIY raised garden box option for your backyard, the perfect project for the start of summer!

I used treated pine boards from Home Depot to complete this project.

Two 1x8s

Three 1x4s

I cut the 1x8s for the base of the garden box. I made mine 60 inches by 30 inches. You can cut yours to your desired size. I just used a miter saw to make these simple cuts.

I took my nail gun and secured the sides together, nothing crazy, just very simple.

Here is what the box should look like after all the sides are nailed together.

This step is optional but I figured it would make the box more secure. I bought these corner brace brackets from Home Depot to use to just give the box more support. I did not have to pre-drill the holes. I added two braces to each corner.

Here is what the box looks like after the braces are on.

This step is also optional, you can leave the box how it is or add a finishing edge. I took the treated 1x4s to create an edge for the top. I suggest to cut the wood as you go. I measured from corner to corner and used the miter saw to make 45 degree cuts for the wood.

I just used my nail gun to secure the edge to the top of the box.

I leveled the ground as best as I could and placed my planter box on it. You can line your planter box with whatever you choose and what is best for your area, a lot of tips online!

I used organic raised bed garden soil from Home Depot to fill my bed.

I planted my plants and hooked up our Rain Bird system to the box (optional) and our garden is thriving.

Such a fun and rewarding project!

Suggested materials:

  • Treated Pine 1x8s   (Home Depot)
  • Treated Pine 1x4s   (Home Depot)
  • Corner Braces   (Home Depot)
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  • Danny Foster Danny Foster on May 25, 2020

    The finished boards, are they nailed to the base in the center or flushed?


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  • Karen Dannheim Mitchell Karen Dannheim Mitchell on Jun 11, 2020

    Simple design. Kids could even help.

  • William William on Jun 15, 2020

    You shouldn’t use treated lumber for edibles unless the treatment is safe. Poisonous chemicals can leach into your soil & has been proven to lead to illness & cancers. Cedar, redwood, locust & heart pine are safe alternatives or just plan for rebuilding every 5 years or so when using fir, pine, poplar.

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    • William William on Jun 19, 2020

      Just be aware of what you’re getting. Retailers are allowed to sell old stock until it’s gone, might get shammed. Thanks.