DIY Garden Box for a Small Yard Tutorial

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Do you have a small yard like we do? Space is a hot commodity? Yeah, I feel your pain. My husband and I really wanted to have a garden in our backyard, but we were concerned that we weren't going to have enough space. We found out the place where we get the most sun is right up against our house. So we decided to utilize this space and build a raised garden box! Check out this step by step tutorial on my blog!
Doesn't it look great?!
This is what this spot looked like before.
Here's my husband constructing the box with pressure treated wood.
Make sure each of the pieces of wood going into the ground are level!
We used (8) 2 cubic feet bags of dirt to fill the garden box.
Courtney Killpack
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  • Sue C Sue C on Apr 07, 2016
    This is fine for flowers however vegetables should NEVER be planted next to a foundation. Termite pesticide is placed all around the entire foundation to termite proof your house. This is very dangerous to your health and can cause cancer. Please post only flowers not edibles.

  • Isa22930756 Isa22930756 on Apr 28, 2017
    Can you list the cost of everything and where you got it.

  • 33381645 33381645 on May 08, 2018


    I've been looking all over the internet for ideas for my outside window wells,which look just awful especially in the warmer seasons when the grass is growing. I was just looking in Pinterest website when I saw your page. That is a wonderful Idea for my well windows thank you. I read that termites can be a problem because of the wood near or on the wall of the house is this true?. What kind of wood can I use?. Is pertreated wood okay to use? for a raised bed like the one you show on this page.

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  • User User on Apr 19, 2015
    It is NOT good idea to put the garden box right close to the stone foundation of house. I have been renovating buildings becourse of mildrew. The first thing to do is remove all soil and plats from near the foundation and replace with rubble after getting dry. The bed of the plants will accumulate the moisture, which will become sucked up to the wall. That's why the building has eaves - to keep water far away from the walls.

  • Sberbig Sberbig on Apr 04, 2016
    depending on whether you are forming a garden box for ornamental flowers or vegetable gardening, remember: do not use pressure treated lumber for veggies. Also, the simpler the design the better. Cedar planks can be obtained at most larger home centers and at local lumber yards; some even cut them to size for you. There is also the possibility of raising the lumber slightly off the ground with bricks or pavers. Raised garden beds should be attractive but also functional.