Beginner Gardener, Gardening, Plants

Easy-Build Raised Garden Bed

There are many ways you can build garden raised beds, including just buying them.  They can get pricey, especially now, as more people are gardening because they are at home more.

This easy build raised garden bed consists of one trip to your local home improvement store and these 4 items.  I will list pricing at the end:

-Planter wall blocks
-*2×4’s
-Soil
-Seed

First step is to pick and measure your space.  This will help you in determining how long you need your 2×4’s and if you will need to make cuts at the store while you are there. Believe me, do not skip the measuring.  It will save you a trip.  Most local improvement stores will cut your wood for you, to your desired measurements, within reason.

My friend (Jazmine) and I did a collaboration and built a raised bed at her home and one at my home.  You can certainly build the raised bed by yourself, but with an additional person you will go faster and will have help lifting.  You will see two sizes for our respective spaces. 

Jazmine’s raised bed measures 2.5 feet by 8 feet.  My raised bed measures 4 feet by 8 feet.

Next, you will put your wall blocks in four corners.  You can stack the wall blocks to your desired height, we used a 2-block height, so 8 blocks total.

Slide the 2×4’s into place, add the soil, and plant the seed.  That is it. 

You will notice that Jazmine’s garden bed doesn’t have string across to create squares, and mine does. We are having fun with this thing, and learning our styles. I love that we are different in our approach.

Easy Build Raised Garden Bed with Square Foot Gardening Method

Jazmine likes to let the plants grow wild, and do what they do. I, on the other hand, want to control the plant as much as possible so I use the square foot method. This literally describes our personalities. I love that we have different methods, we compare what works and what does not work.

You can decide, as you go, how your personal gardening style will be. Check out the video below of one of Jazmine’s garden spaces. She’s already harvested a few times this year, and more are growing.

Jazmine’s Garden

I attended a class at Home Depot, some time ago and learned how to build this easy-build raised bed, and took a few photos at the demonstration. I want to also show you below how you can continually build onto your space by connecting 2×4’s up and along the sides.

Happy Gardening!

Project Pricing:

-Planter wall blocks ($3.38 each, we used 8)
-*2×4’s ($3.42 each, we used 6)
-Soil ($7.98 each bag, Jazmine used 4 bags. *I used 6 bags.)
-Seed (prices vary depending on what type of seed you choose, typically ($1.59-$6.00 per packet)

Project build time, from start to finish, one hour. Project cost, $79.48.

*(2×4’s measures by height and depth, the last number will be your length, so a 2×4 that is 8 feet long, is a 2x4x8)

*My raised bed incurred more cost, because of a space issue I had that required additional soil beyond 6 bags.

*All pricing is based on my local improvement store.  Prices will vary for your location.  Prices also do not include tax.