DIY Raised Garden Bed Ideas (+ See How We Built Ours!)
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Try these DIY raised garden bed ideas for your next home project!
Let’s get growing! 🌱
Our DIY raised garden bed ideas are simple and affordable. Make your dreams come true with our easy tutorial and start your garden today!
Have some future raised garden bed plans? I recently built a DIY garden box and I’m sharing tips on how you can do it too!
I first want to preface this post to say I fully realize we didn’t use the most budget-friendly materials for our DIY raised garden bed. Sadly, we had previously bought our timbers for a full-size bocce ball court that didn’t pan out during our backyard project. Since they couldn’t be returned and we didn’t want hundreds of dollars to go to waste we decided to repurpose them for a beautiful raised garden bed instead.
There are many, many ways and many different types of materials you can use to build a DIY raised garden bed in your yard. (And they’ll be much more affordable with different materials too!)
My steps below are simply meant to be a guide to help you get your own garden bed started. I share the ideal materials to use to achieve the look and growth you want to. I also share everything we used in case you want to build something similar.
On another note, you’ll notice we used clean gravel for the base of our garden bed.
We used a thin layer of clean gravel to level our ground and provide a surface for our timbers that will prevent them from rotting. This is totally optional and not suitable for all conditions. If you are using it, it’s important to use clean gravel as opposed to other rock mixtures with small particles so your garden will have good drainage.
Note that if you’re using clean gravel in your DIY raised garden bed you will need to ensure your soil is deep enough for all of your plants’ roots. Ideally, you’ll want at least 8″-12″ of rich soil to ensure healthy root growth.
In our garden, we have about 18 inches of rich soil for our plants. Any roots that grow deeper than that will be able to reach the native soil through the thin layer of clean stone. It is not recommended to use rocks as your base if you do not have deep soil.
Here’s how to build a raised garden bed of your own:
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- Wood (we used timbers, but any pressure treated, pine, cedar wood will work)
- Tape measure
- Landscape fabric
- Organic compost (i.e. rich soil)
- Staple gun
- Flat shovel (optional for cutting sod pieces)
- Clean gravel (optional)
- Hard rake (for gravel and soil)
- Rebar (only needed if using timbers)
- Angle grinder (only needed if cutting rebar)
- Hand sledge (only needed for timbers)
Don’t want to use timbers for your garden? There are many inexpensive raised garden bed ideas:
Consider building a garden with 4x4x1 wood pieces like this blog did for just $100. It will be much more affordable and simple to build compared to using large timbers which require many more tools and time.
Or consider buying a raised garden bed kit to make your project even more simple.
Now you’re ready to plant your seeds!
Growing from seed is so fun and I find Baker Creek to be a great resource! If you’re still deciding what to grow or looking for new ideas, they have a huge variety of heirloom seeds to choose from. Plus, shipping is always free on every order. 🙌🏼
I also love our new seedling square which makes planting seeds effortless and it’s kid-friendly too! Our slate garden stakes are a stylish way to keep track of what’s planted where, but popsicle sticks work just as well too. ☺️
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Take your DIY raised garden bed one step further and naturally protect it from the elements and pests.
We wanted a modern-looking garden so we opted to pine tar it! Authentic Pine Tar mixed with a 50/50 ratio of Purified Raw Linseed Oil is completely non-toxic. So it’s a great environmentally safe choice for a garden. Plus, I just love the matte black look it gives wood and you don’t lose the beautiful grain either. This mixture will also provide a natural repellent to bugs, pests, and water making your wood last much longer.
Ideally, you want to apply this before you fill it with your compost/soil. However, we applied it after as it was a last-minute decision.
If you find yourself with extra Authentic Pine Tar to spare you can use it on your wood fence too!
We used the same 50/50 mixture of Authentic Pine Tar and Purified Raw Linseed Oil on our backyard fence and are so happy with the results all around! 😍
Happy gardening, Hipsters! 💚 Let us know what kind of garden you’ll be building in the comments! 🤩