Weekend Project-How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Photo by Kyle at suburban dollar

There are several methods that you can use to build your own raised garden bed.  The nice thing is that you can make them as fancy or as simple as you would like.  They really don’t need to be expensive in order to have something that will last you for several years.  You definitely do not need to purchase one of the expensive kits that are sprouting up in stores all over.  You can spend that money if you want, but with the economy being the way it is, we thought you might like to know how to save some of your hard earned money.

We just recently built 9 raised beds for our garden.  We have used raised beds in the past, but when we moved to our current home, we didn’t think it was going to be feasible to bring the ones from our old home with us.  So the new homeowners lucked out and we started over.  After spending last season without them and fighting the weeds of a garden plot left dormant for way too many years, we decided it was time to put into practice what we knew worked so well.  So 9 raised beds are now gracing a section of our garden space.  We may even get crazy and add a few more next season.

So how does one make their own raised garden bed?  It really is a fairly simple process, unless you want a super fancy one.  Since I wasn’t good about taking pictures as we built ours, we thought we would just provide you with some links to our favorite instructions online.  We even found a great video if you are a visual person.

The first site we would like to share is from the DIY Network.  They offer a short and concise page that is reminiscent of what we built and that takes you through the process step by step.  They also offer you a list of materials you will need to complete the project.

Next, if you want a very thorough article on the subject, then you may want to check out this one by Sunset Magazine.

Now while we don’t necessarily recommend Home Depot for gardening instruction, we really do like their instructions for making a raised garden bed.

And if you are wanting to make a fancier raised bed for your flower garden, then you might appreciate this article by This Old House.

Finally, if you just want to watch a short video on the subject, we liked this one: