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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Since we spend most of our time at home, we have been updating our house and yard this year. One of my favorite parts of the update is, of course, the yard. We built trellises, Obelisk, solar lanterns, birdhouses, shutters, and window flower boxes. Now we are planning to build a raised garden box bed.

Last year at the beginning of the health crisis, we whipped up some DIY-raised vegetable garden beds from old pallets.

They provided us with fresh herbs and a few vegetables that we enjoyed so much. This year we decided to build a bigger garden with Garden Box Beds, Straw Bales, and obelisks trellises for a ton more vegetables, herbs, and flowers. 

**For more gardening inspiration and ideas, I have added some amazing gardening posts at the end of this post, so be sure to check them out too. 

How to Build Raised Garden Bed Boxes

We chose local cypress lumber for our garden boxes; however, you can build your boxes from various lumbar. Since pressure-treated wood is not natural, we chose not to use it. You can find more information about wood choices here

DIY Garden Box

DIY Garden Box

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Supplies Needed

1x12x8 Four each

2x2x8 corner posts and center supports  2 each

2-inch deck screws

 

Tools Needed

Miter saw

Impact driver with driver tip

Cordless drill with a countersink bit

Measuring tape

Pipe clamps

6-inch clamps

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Supplies for building raised beds

Supplies for building raised beds

Raised Garden Box Lumber Cuts

Four Cuts 1x12x30

Cut Four 1x12x60

Cut Six 2x2x30

 

Cutting four boards for the long side

Cutting four boards for the long side

Assemble the Ends

Measure the ends for placement of the screws and predrill—1 ½ inch from top and bottom and one in the center. 

Place the two 2x2x30 on a flat surface. 

Align the end board with the corner post and install the screws

Add the second end board tight against the first board with the pipe clamp and install screws 

Make the other end section

Cut corner posts and support boards

Cut corner posts and support boards

 

Pre drilling the screw holes

Pre-drilling the screw holes

 

 

Marking the screw holes

Marking the screw holes

Screwing the outside board to the corner support

Screwing the outside board to the corner support

Attach pipe clamp and mark screw holes

Attach pipe clamp and mark screw holes

Adding the sides

Measure and predrill all screw holes

assemble the bed upside down. Position two sideboards even with the top and outside edge of the end-use pipe clamps to hold them in place. Install screws  

Attach the second row of sideboards using pipe clamps and install screws

Clamp the side boards to the end boards

Clamp the sideboards to the end boards

Clamp the other end and pre-drill screw holes

Clamp the other end and pre-drill screw holes

Adding the second side boards

Adding the second sideboards

Attaching the second sideboard

Attaching the second sideboard

Install Center Supports

Use 6-inch clamps to hold the center supports in place, then redrill and install screws.

Mark the center on the long sides

Mark the center on the long sides

Attach center support to long sides

Attach center support to long sides

Garden box completed

Garden box completed (upside down)

Easy to Build Raised Garden Beds

Easy to Build Raised Garden Beds

four DIY Raised Garden Beds sitting in the grass

DIY Raised Garden Beds

Girl sitting inside DIY wooden garden box on the grass

DIY Garden Box

Our garden beds will need to be installed and filled with garden soil and other organic matter. We have saved sticks, cardboard, leaves, grass clippings, compost, and peat moss to fill our garden boxes. We checked the Farmer’s Almanac for the best planting dates.

Now that our boxes are filled with the soil, we are ready to plant our food crop

For convenience, you can fill your bed with a purchased mix. Be sure to check your growing season before planting or sowing seeds.

 

You might also like to build an easy compost bin like this one for composting your kitchen scraps. Compost is like gold to a gardener. 

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I have gathered some favorite bloggers (yours and mine!) to bring you lots of Garden Inspiration. With all these amazing ideas, you are bound to walk away with tons of ideas!  

Next on tour is my friend, Niky from The House on Silverado.  I love the way she decorated her farmhouse-style herb box. It would be so convenient to have herbs growing in the kitchen! Be sure to check it out along with all the other amazing bloggers below.

 

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Happy Gardening, 

Kippi

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CoCo

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

These raised garden beds are amazing and totally on my wish list, Kippi! I love how they came together. They look so good. Hugs, CoCo

Leslie Watkins

Saturday 17th of April 2021

I love the details you have given in this. We want raised beds..trying to navigate where to place them and deer proof them! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Niky

Saturday 10th of April 2021

I love raised bed gardening, and your boxes are simple and effective! Pinned to my Gardening board!

Niky @ The House on Silverado

Janet Clark

Saturday 10th of April 2021

This couldn't have come at a better time for me. We moved into a new home in December so have all the garden prep to do this year and raised beds are definitely on the list. Thanks for the clear instructions.

Kimberly Jones Snyder

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Thanks for sharing how to build a raised garden bed. Also thanks for organizing the hop! I know it must be a lot of work behind the scenes!

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