Did you know using raised beds in your vegetable garden can actually help in your garden’s overall success? By using raised beds, you can control many of the elements which in turn impact the overall health of your garden. Happy gardens provide an abundance of produce! Homegrown produce equals healthy eating, saves money, keeps us active, entertains kids…shall I continue or do we all agree that gardens are awesome?!
Raised beds allow for excellent aeration, meaning air can circulate around the roots of your plants, which they need in order to breathe. They help with drainage, so flood waters can easily escape, preventing rot. Root spread, which causes growth can happen easier in loose soil. Raised beds also make it easier to control pests and weeds.
On our land, we have beautiful clay soil, but once the rain stops it is nearly impossible to plant anything in the ground. Raised beds are our solution to many common problems. Armed with this knowledge, my husband and I were determined to grow a happy garden in our new place with these simple to make garden beds.
Our DIY Raised Flower Beds are quick to make and will save you a bunch of money versus buying premade ones. Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to raised bed gardening bliss in no time!
These are the plans to make an 8ft by 4ft rectangular bed. Feel free to increase or decrease the size of your planter as needed.
6- 8 ft. 2×6 boards
1-6ft. 4×4 board
Use 1 ½ inch decking screws
You’ll be assembling the planter box upside down. Find a flat level place to do your work, like a work bench, garage floor or drive way.
You need 4- 8ft (2×6)
4- 2×6’s cut to 45 inches
You can have these cuts done for you at the hardware store, or you can cut them yourselves. For our project, we cut the 45 inch pieces out of two of the 8ft 2×6’s that we bought.
Cut the 4×4 into 4-18inch pieces.
Pick your location, level out the ground if needed. It doesn’t have to be level, but it makes life easier!
Buy supplies or rescue wood that is treated and not prone to rotting. We rescued this wood from an old redwood deck, which is very resistant to bugs and rot. If you buy wood, make sure you purchase treated lumber.
Use an 18 inch piece of the 4×4 as a corner. Set it on the ground vertically. Take one of the 45 inch pieces of 2×6, set it on its edge and line it up so that it is flush with the 4×4.
Take the 8 foot piece of 2×6 and make a corner so that it is lined up flush with the 4×4 and with the edge of the 45 inch piece. Repeat for all four corners.
Once you have finished attaching all 4 corners to each other, you will have a rectangle with 4 x 4’s on the inside of each corner. Take your remaining 4 pieces of wood, stack them over the appropriate boards so that it is approximately 11 inches high.
When the planter box is complete, flip it upside down. Dig 4 holes in the ground where you want the flower box to sit. Turn the planter box over so that the 4×4’s fit into the holes. This will keep the box from moving during rain or ground movement.
Notes: If you want your planter boxes to have screen at the bottom, purchase ¼ inch square screen, or chicken wire to keep out gophers and moles. Attach the screen with a staple gun.
Also, a weed control option is to get black weed cloth to line the bottom of your beds in order to prevent weed growth. Another technique for preventing weeds is to plant your vegetables super close together so there is no room for weeds to grow.
When finished, our raised beds look like this. Now, it’s time for me to get my booty outside and start planting in these bad boys! I’ll keep you updated on the progress! 😉