Elevated Raised Garden Bed

8 Materials
5 Hours

Why elevated raised garden bed?

1. It’s cheaper than store-bought.

2. It’s more comfortable to tend to (no need to bend over and hurt your back)

3. It looks so esthetically pleasing.

4. It might protect from small animals (let’s see if it will protect the garden from squirrels- would love to hear your ideas in the comments)

Find a detailed tutorial on my blog.

Cut wood

Cut wood according to instructions from my website or YouTube video.

Make the frame

Attach 2x10s together to create a frame.

Make legs

Make legs for the frame by attaching together 2x6 and 2x4.

Attach 2x2 in the bottom.

Attach 2x2 in the bottom to create support for the bottom of the garden bed and lay down 2x6s for flooring.

Make the grid

The store I went to didn’t carry lattice so I had to improvise. I used 1x2x8 to make dividers and just screws to connect them.

Add soil.

I ran into a problem of uneven ground. Our backyard doesn’t have much of even space and wherever it’s even, it’s in the shade most of the time.

I had to dig 2 holes for back legs and elevate the front legs.

When it was super stable it was time to add soil.

Time to grow your veggies!

For more detailed instructions visit http://ifonlyapril.com or a video version on YouTube channel.

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Frequently asked questions

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  3 questions
  • JanineDucie JanineDucie on Jun 30, 2020

    Great Job, but what about drainage.

    Surely eventually the water will affect the wood?

    Apologies if this is a silly question, I am DIY challenged!

  • Donna Rolstad Zimmer Donna Rolstad Zimmer on Jun 30, 2020

    Was any type of liner used or was dirt for plantings placed directly on the wood?

  • Em Em on Jun 30, 2020

    What is the reason for the lattice?


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  • Doc's Mom Doc's Mom on Jul 01, 2021

    Wondering how it is working this year and if you had problems with squirrels. Squirrels bothered my bird feeders. HOT pepper seeds in the bird seed helped the situation. The birds can't taste them but the squirrels did and they did NOT like them at all! I was really glad to hear you used pressure treated wood for your raised garden. Another creative way of making a raised bed. KUDOS!

    Try soaking the pepper seeds in some water - not a lot - and using it as a spray on your tomato leaves. Also, put the seeds on the ground so when the squirrels step on them, they will lick their feet. They won't like that!

    • April April on Jul 01, 2021

      Sp far squirrels didn't touch my garden yet😬 but also the tomatoes aren't ripe yet, so I guess the fight is still ahead 😁

      I planted tomatoes this year in buckets though, and I hope I'll be able to move them when tomatoes are ripe.

      I actually wonder now how I could use your hot pepper seeds trick to protect tomatoes🤔

  • Donna Rodin Donna Rodin on Jul 02, 2021

    If you have squirrels, they can easily climb wood to nibble whatever they want. whether it be vegetables or their favourite flowers. For the last 2 years, we have been inundated with squirrels and chipmunks. I tried everything suggested by gardeners and the rascals just smirked and continued to munch on. Unless you have a raised bed totally encased in no bigger than 1" wire mesh or an attached hinged hoop lid covered in wire screen, it's fair game for the rodents. ----Donna Rodin