How to Build a Raised Garden Bed for Square Foot Gardening and More


Your knees and back are tired of you gardening on the ground! That’s why Cassity and I, designed and built a DIY raised garden bed that you can stand next to, to do all your gardening at counter height.  Your back will thank you later. 🙂

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DIY Raised Garden Bed Planter For Square Foot Gardening, Video Tutorial And Woodworking Plan, Remodelaholic

This raised garden bed is:

  • 37 1/2″ tall.
  • 48″  x 48″ wide in the center opening.
  • 58″ x 58″ from outside top trim edge to edge.
  • Depth of soil can be between 6″ to 16″ deep, depending on what you decide you need for depth.

The estimated cost to build one garden box is around $250.   The thing about this project is that it will last for 30+ years if you use cedar and/or redwood lumber.  I plan on having mine for over 50 years, maybe even 100!

When I am 90 I will be out in my raised garden bed picking fresh vegetables for my salad!  Doesn’t that sound amazing?

It is really easy to build and can be build in a half day or so with three main tools.

I used cedar legs and redwood boards for the rest.  Cedar legs will hold up better to moisture and bugs from sitting on the ground.  Go get the plans here to see the materials list and cut list to get started.

All you are the following:

That’s a great question!  I have digital plans available right here for you to download.

I sanded with 100 git and an Orbital sander and then I used Penofin Penetrating oil finish, that soaks into the wood and creates a beautiful colored finish.  The color that I am using is called Transparent Redwood using the Red labeled product.

oiling redwood

Just do the outside of the box.  I left the inside natural to avoid the oils getting in the soil.

Well drained sandy loam garden soil.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

I bought mine at a local landscaping supply store.  I bought 1 cubic yard, 27 cubic feet, for $39.  Half of that, 13.5 cubic square feet, filled the box at 15″ deep.  I will use the left overs in another garden box or around planters in the yard.

Make sure you have a strong truck or trailer when you pick up soil from a landscaping company.  The cubic yard of soil, 27 cubic feet, can be around 1000 lbs or more.  My little trailer almost died.

Square Foot gardening is vegetable gardening efficiently in a small space.  It will save you time, effort, tools space and water.  Who doesn’t want to save time and resources?

You get the most bang for your buck when you are using the Square Foot gardening methods.  You can find out even more great information about square foot gardening here.

I am excited to try it this this year.  I have been meaning to try this for years now.

Here is an affiliate link to the latest Square Foot Gardening book.  It has so much great information and perfect for the beginner or experienced gardener.

Have a great time gardening and be sure to check out all of our other great outdoor projects right here.

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