Hey y’all! Today I wanted to share an easy and inexpensive way to build a raised garden bed. These beds should last a good few years before you notice anything wrong with them. And for this price, you can’t beat it!
I personally love these beds. I feel like it makes my garden look more put together and pretty, helps significantly with the weeds and keeps everything more in order. We use the square foot gardening method in these beds and love how much we can plant in just 18 sq feet per bed. Click here to see my blog post about square foot gardening if you’re interested in learning more!
Okay okay let’s get to the good part….
This is a very easy DIY project that won’t take very long to do. You will only need a few tools for this project. Let’s get started!!!
What you will need…
(6) 6 foot tall, 5.5″ wide Fence pickets
2.5″ Exterior wood screws (this pack would do about 1.5-2 garden beds)
(1) 2×2 Furring strip
Drill (or screwdriver)
So first what you will need to is to get your fence picket and cut the tips off. They do sell flat topped fence pickets but I believe they were more expensive so we chose to just cut the tips off ourselves. You could do this with a hand saw if that’s all you have, but you could always ask your local hardware store to cut them for you too.
Once you do that to all six pieces, take two of those pieces, measure them and cut them exactly in half. These will make the 2 smaller sides of the bed.
So now you can start to layout your pieces in a rectangle. You should have 2 long pickets on each side and 2 shorter pieces on the opposite sides.
You can now cut your 2×2 furring strips down to pieces of 11 inches long. You will need 4 of these for each corner of your bed.
When that’s done, take one of the 2×2 pieces and use that as your inner corner piece to attach the pickets. I used 2 screws per picket just to make sure it was extra sturdy. Start with the bottom piece on each side, attach with screws from the outside into the 2×2 piece. Once you have all 4 sides attached and create a rectangle, add your top boards on.
Once you have attached all pieces, it is finished! Now get that pretty garden bed in your yard and fill it on up and get planting. See how and what we use to fill our beds with here. We don’t spend a ton of money doing so which is a win win in my book.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make a bed, I would love to see it!!!!
This bed is about 6 feet long by 3 feet wide and 12 inches deep.