Make It Pretty Outdoors – DIY Raised Garden Bed

It’s time for this month’s DIY at Home Challenge! The challenge this month is “Make it Pretty Outdoors” and for us, that meant making some improvements to our raised vegetable garden!

Chris built our raised garden beds a couple of years ago in a large U shape at the end of our deck.

Having so much space for veggies was amazing, but the section closest to the deck didn’t get much sun and most of our plants did not last long there. Chris decided to reconfigure everything into an E shape so we still have lots of space, sun and access!

We’ll be doing most of our planting at the end of May when we’ve usually had our last frost.

If you’re interested in building your own raised garden beds, here are plans for a simple 3’ x 8’ unit that can be adapted for any shape or size!

Raised Garden Bed Materials

  • 4 – 2″x4″x12’ Cedar Boards
  • Deck Screws
  • Mitre Saw or Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill

This build is done best with two people

Start by cutting all your boards, this plan uses the following pieces:

  • 4 – 7’ 10 ½” pieces
  • 4 – 2’ 10 ½” pieces
  • 4 – 7.5” pieces

With someone helping you hold the boards upright and straight screw your boards together at the ends using the deck screws. Add the second row on top and reinforce the corners with the 7.5” upright pieces.

Fill your new raised garden bed with soil and start planting!

Make sure to check out all the other great outdoor projects this month on the At Home DIY website!

5 thoughts on “Make It Pretty Outdoors – DIY Raised Garden Bed”

  1. The reconfiguration looks good and yes- it is hard to determine where the sun will be from spring to fall. I love my raised bed and am about to harvest some kolarabi- I can grow and eat it- just can’t spell it!
    Cant wait to see what you grow this year! #gardensareawesome

  2. I’ve always wanted to build a veggie garden. Thank you for the build tutorial – I’m adding this to my spring gardening to-dos!

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