Raised Garden Bed Tutorial
Planting a garden soon? Follow this guide to build a simple raised garden bed! These cheap raised garden beds will last for years!
Raised garden beds are a great way to create an organized garden space, even when you don’t have a ton of room to work with. They also provide easy drainage and help keep pests out. We DIY’d our own 4′ x 8′ raised garden beds and they work GREAT! This post will show you how to build raised garden beds that will last for years.
Ready to build your own raised garden beds? Below is the exact tutorial on how we made ours! (Short on time? Pin this post to reference later!)
How To Make Cheap Raised Garden Beds
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Building Materials & Tools:
- 2″ x 10″ Lumber
- 12″ Swanson Speed Square
- Carpenter’s Pencil
- Tape Measure
- Dewalt 60V Circular Saw
- 3.5″ Deck Screws
We chose to use untreated 2″ x 10″ construction lumber but build the frame. It’s cheap, contains no unwanted chemicals, and will last 5-10 years depending on climate. In wet climates the wood may need to be replaced in as little as 5 years. In a drier climate they should hold up well for 10+ years. Many people chose to build raised garden bed frames with pressure treated lumber. While treated lumber does last longer, but it also costs about double! In addition to the added expense, the chemicals used in the pressure treating process can seep into the soil
Each 4′ x 8′ raised bed requires three 2″ x 10″ boards.
Building The Wood Bed Frames
Once all of the cuts were made, it was time to assemble the beds. We placed three 3.5″ deck screws along each corner to secure the frames into place.
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Moving And Filling The Raised Garden Beds
After the raised beds were finished, we moved them to the back yard to fill them up with soil. We decided not to lay any cardboard or landscape cloth down beneath the soil. Instead we used a weed-wacker to cut the grass down extremely short and left the clippings as our base.
We will see how well this method works and may opt for something different next year. (UPDATE: this method worked great for us, there was no need to add an extra barrier.)
After doing some research on Better Homes and Gardens, we decided to go with a ‘premium grower’s mix’ for our soil. The mix was made up of 1/3 top soil, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost. We purchased the soil from our local nursery.
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Planting The Garden
After the two beds were filled, it was time for the fun part – planting!
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I used Popsicle sticks and my favorite DYMO embossed label maker to make simple (and cheap!) labels for my crops.
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