Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 and in Less than An Hour!

Wow, it’s been a while huh?  Our grandson gifted us the flu last weekend and we didn’t feel even semi normal again until this weekend!  That is one NASTY flu!  I can imagine how bad he must of felt – poor little guy!  I have an awesome tutorial for you today for a raised garden bed for under $20 bucks and in less than an hour!  Yep that’s less than TWENTY dollars!

Last year we had our first garden and we loved it!  We also immediately knew that the little spot we had was not going to be large enough for what we wanted to do the next year – well now this year.  Our hopes are to grow enough that we can can and freeze for use through the winter.

I spent the winter doing a lot of research on raised garden beds.  This seems like the best way to maximize our yard space.  In raised beds you can plant more without leaving space between your rows.  I also researched the type of materials that would withstand the weather as well as how to build the box so that it would be sturdy and hold up to the large amount of dirt which it would need to contain all while fitting our budget!  Here’s what we came up with and I have to say I’m super excited with how it turned out.  So, onto the tutorial!

Tools Needed:

Drill With Phillips Head attachment
3/32 Drill Bit
Counter Sync
Two Clamps
Saw
Tape Measure

Materials Needed and Cost:

7 – 5/8”x6”x6’ Cedar Dog Eared Picket Boards – $2.45 Each for a Total of $17.15

32 – 1” Course Thread Drywall Screws – We bought a 5lb. box because we will be making more than one raised bed and we use these for numerous projects.  The total needed for this project was maybe $2.00 worth.

Wood Glue – Optional – I did not include this in the cost because it’s optional.  We had it on hand already and the amount needed was minimal so we used it.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Assemble tools and materials needed.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Measure boards to ensure that they all measure 6’ long.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Measure and mark two of your boards at 3’.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Measure and mark one board every 16” – at 16”, 32”, 48” and 64”.  You will have a small section remaining.  Don’t worry this will be scrap.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

The board that you just marked in 16” sections now needs measured 3” and marked down the length of the board.  You will be ripping this board in half length wise.

Make your cuts on all boards that you’ve measured up to here.  *Remember – measure twice and cut once!

You should now have 4 boards which are not cut, 4 boards which are 3’ long and 8 – 3”x16” pieces.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Now we’re ready to start assembling!  See?  Easy Peasy!

Put one 6’ board and one 3’ board together at the ends to make a corner – as shown in the picture above.

Pre drill two holes – one at the top and one at the bottom – with your counter sync bit.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

If you’ve decided to use glue you will then glue the boards where they meet at the corners with Wood Glue.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Now you’re ready to take your screws and screw the corner together using the holes you just pre drilled.

You can now repeat this on the remaining 3 corners.

*NOTE* Make sure that you match the assembly of the corners – meaning if the end piece on the first end is on the inside of the long side board make sure you do the same on all corners.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

This is what the finished corner should look like at this point.

Repeat the assembly instructions above for your second layer.

You should now have two rectangle boxes stacked on top of each other.  Try to line these up as straight as possible.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

You will need 2 of the 3”x16” pieces for each corner.  If using Wood Glue – put a 12” line of glue on one side of each board.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

You will use 2 boards on each corner to create stability and for anchoring in the ground.  The pieces should line up with the bottom of the boxes – towards your table or workbench.  They will extend beyond the top of the boxes and they should.  Use your clamps to secure the corners.

Once you’ve secured the corner pieces you will predrill each corner piece with two holes and then secure with two 1” drywall screws in each piece – as shown in the picture above and directly below.

Repeat this step for all four corners.

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

 

Raised Garden Bed – Under $20 And In Less Than An Hour! - YoursAndMineAreOurs.com

Here is your finished product!  We haven’t installed this into the ground yet nor filled with soil but you get the idea.

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.

Comments

  1. This is awesome! I have one raised bed but I've been wanting to put in a few more. This looks pretty simple, thanks!
  2. Great job! I can't wait to start digging in my garden! These are definitely on my to-do list. Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : ) xoxo Liz Liz Fourez recently posted...Time to Sparkle Link Party #4My Profile
  3. Only $20? What a deal! Looks great, too. Can't wait to see what you plant! Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life recently posted...Numbered Gift BagsMy Profile
  4. That looks great! We're in an apt but I can't wait for the day we have a yard and can grow our own little garden!! Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta recently posted...Cheese & YogaMy Profile
  5. I really need to do this. Any recommendations on how to keep our dogs from digging in the dirt?! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers-and-more-curtains.html
    • Oh, great question! We have an Olde English Bulldog who loves to dig if we're not watching. Luckily he's not outside alone very often and for some reason he mostly stays out of our plants. He does however enjoy tearing off my poor baby trees. Thank you for inviting me to link up. I'm headed that way now!
  6. Any idea what quantity of soil we'd need to fill it properly? Any tips on buying bulk soil? ;)
    • Hi Marty! You can use this volume calculator to get the total soil you will need to fill the raised bed. http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/volume_calculator As for buying bulk soil I would contact landscaping and garden centers in your area vs. buying bagged soil. If you're only building one box then the bags of soil may be the better option. You can also reach out to local farmers for fertilizer or "barn litter" as I've heard others call it. I hope this helps.
  7. Awesome! Pinned!! I am going to make this! Diana Rambles recently posted...Adding Social Media IconsMy Profile
  8. Great post! It's almost time for gardens here, too. I'm visiting you today from Wow Me Wednesday. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too! ~ Megin of VMG206 Burlap Ruffle Wreath
  9. Very cool! I cannot wait to get outside in the garden again! Ellen Christian recently posted...Homemade Suet For BirdsMy Profile
  10. My husband made me some raised beds last year and i'm not going to lie...they didn't turn out so great (he is the guy that puts more holes in his fingers than the boards...) We just moved to a new house and I was going to ask him build me some more, I love the way yours turned out and they look simple enough that he just might be able to do it! Thank you for linking up at Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff! Lisa recently posted...Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #8My Profile
    • Thank you for hosting Lisa! I love that my husband is so handy and can build as well as fix almost anything. These raised beds really were very simple. Come back and let me know how it turns out if you decide to give it a try.
  11. I came across this on Pinterest. Love the idea of using cedar fencing rather than other more expensive or pressure treated boards. Did you pound the corners into the ground, or dig holes for it? Not sure they are strong enough to be pushed in. Thanks for the idea.
    • Hi Stephi, thanks for stopping by! We dug the holes for the most part and then carefully pounded them in the rest of the way. Next year we are thinking about tilling the area where the raised beds will be and then mulching or straw in between them all.

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