How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

by Erin Holmes


  • 4 2x6x8 untreated pine or cedar boards
  • 4 2x6x4 untreated pine or cedar boards
  • 10 1x2x12 pine stakes
  • 2.5" deck screws
  • Drill
  • Mallet
  • Drill bit (to match your screws)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather supplies. Wagon optional.

    Step 2

    We're gonna drill pilot holes, so you don't split your boards when you screw them together. Measure 3/4" from the sides and end of your 8 foot boards.

    Step 3

    Pilot holes marked.

    Step 4

    Drill your pilot holes. Try and make sure they go through straight, perpendicular to the top of the board. Both ends of all the 2x6x8 should have two pilot holes.

    Step 5

    Time to build the first layer. Line up your boards...

    Step 6

    Make sure the tops align...

    Step 7

    Screw through the pilot holes to build your base level frame.

    Step 8

    Time to place it exactly where you want it to be (most sun possible), secure the base level to the ground, and make sure everything is square and level.

    Step 9

    On the corner that is most level, pound in a stake flush to the inside corner, leaving about 6" above the top.

    Step 10

    Check that the boards are level, shim up any ends that need it.

    Step 11

    Once the boards are level, drill 2 pilot holes through the board into the stake...

    Step 12

    Then screw your board to the stake.

    Step 13

    Go to the opposite corner (kitty corner) and check that it's all square. Pull the corner to the left or right to make it square.

    Step 14

    Repeat the leveling and staking for all four corners.

    Step 15

    Once it's all square and level and secured in all 4 corners, its time to reinforce. Add 1 stake in the center of each 4- ft board, drilling pilot holes, and screwing to board...

    Step 16

    ...and two more stakes on the 8 ft boards, drilling pilots, and screwing to boards.

    Step 17

    Then, since your base is level, you can just build the 2nd level frame laying it right on top of the first, screwing through the pilot holes you drilled a few steps ago through the 8ft boards.

    Step 18

    Then, drilling pilot holes first, screw the boards on the 2nd lvl frame to all the stakes.

    Step 19

    Then, you fill it with good rich loamy soil, and plants your veggies. Probably not going to get too many plants in a single 8x4 foot bed, but then, you can just make more!