How to Build Cheap, DIY Raised Garden Beds In Under 30 Minutes

See the new raised beds I use: Building a raised bed isn’t as hard as it seems. I went on a mission to build the simplest and cheapest raised garden beds possible.

It took me about 15 minutes to build, and cost about $40 to make. Of course, you could save more if you used salvaged materials, but I wanted this to be applicable to people that don’t have anything lying around the house.

Learning how to build a raised garden bed doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t have to buy expensive $200 kits or beds from a company if you don’t want to…just follow this guide!


→ Planter wall blocks (found at Home Depot)
→ 6 cu ft. soil
→ (2) 2′ 2×6′ boards
→ (2) 6′ 2×6′ boards
→ 1″ nails
→ Seeds!


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  1. Meru 7 on April 25, 2021 at 12:04 am


  2. samia tauseef on April 25, 2021 at 12:10 am

    How to cover it from heavy rain? My soil comes out of garden bed even though I put mulch on top.i love in fl zone 9.

  3. Crystal on April 25, 2021 at 12:10 am

    I’m trying my first garden and I really want it raised because I live on the suburbs of the country and I’m overwhelmed by all the options and this was easy for me. Thank you thank you thank you 🙏🏻

  4. Larry M on April 25, 2021 at 12:11 am

    What is the buying list?

  5. Julian Jaramillo on April 25, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Great idea thanks. Waiting on The snow to melt in Nh. I miss San Diego. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton for several years.

  6. Hugh Courchesne on April 25, 2021 at 12:14 am

    You made it super easy for everyone thanks ☺️

  7. Cheryl vanD on April 25, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Thank you so much. I’m going to try this. 👍

  8. Danielle Martin on April 25, 2021 at 12:17 am

    What type of soil do you put in a raised bed? Top soil? Potting soil?

  9. Emilie Cassab on April 25, 2021 at 12:19 am

    My really important question is : are the roots of these plants are gonna go into the real soil under your raised bed ? Or na ?
    Because i want to do this over grass or cement.

  10. Austin & Jess Vlogs on April 25, 2021 at 12:22 am

    This was SUPER helpful. Thank you for sharing! Do you have any recommended videos or articles about square foot gardening and a list of plant recommendations?

  11. skylineranches on April 25, 2021 at 12:22 am


  12. Ethan Wood on April 25, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Are salt treated 2×6’s safe?

  13. kiruthika lakshmi on April 25, 2021 at 12:25 am

    How tall is the raised bed?

  14. Sarah Manning on April 25, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Wow thanks for saving me money and my back.

  15. confetti817 on April 25, 2021 at 12:27 am

    It’s so great that you got to work with Mel! I’m a fan of you both!

  16. Kelley Minor on April 25, 2021 at 12:29 am

    If I want to make them multiple blocks high, what can I drive in the circle of the brick to secure them together?

  17. Backyard EcoGardener on April 25, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Nice video! Very easy diy.

  18. Venus Warrior on April 25, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Did u add compost or top soil?

  19. thiruppavai chandrasekaran on April 25, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Where to buy the the boards?

  20. Vinney di la Madonna on April 25, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Oh my gosh! Finally! I have been asking everyone I know to helpe with a raised bed and everyone is tooooo busy. Thank YOU

  21. Laura Wong on April 25, 2021 at 12:31 am


  22. Moe Joudeh on April 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Could I stack these to make it taller or would that compromise integrity?

  23. Stephanie P on April 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Thank you for this idea! I was about to giving up gardening since everything I watched seemed so expensive and difficult. I’m just a mom trying to enjoy a little gardening with my toddler and this is perfect for our family. Thank you 🙏

  24. Andrea Kent on April 25, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Could you stack multiple layers on top of each other to have a higher bed?

  25. Jonathan Brigden on April 25, 2021 at 12:33 am

    So I was about to trash this video and start calling people "lazy" and all sorts for using the planters and also claim it as a waste of money, but then I read the comment from the 86 year old and a whole new understanding came over me. While it would cost literally 20c worth of screws to put this together, not everyone has a drill or impact driver, or wants to purchase a box of screws at around 5 bucks a box, because they may never even use the screws left. For a woodworker like myself I have hundreds of thousands of different screws at my disposal, but now I realize my ignorance, and everyone isn’t a woodworker or even a DIYer.

    For those that have 2 inch screws, and a drill, go down the route of just cutting a 2×4 and attaching it on the inside, like a footer, and screwing into it. It’ll cost you almost nothing. For thsoe that don’t, I am sorry I was judgemental to begin with.

  26. Linda Burton on April 25, 2021 at 12:34 am

    It looks super easy so, I am going to try this.

  27. Jesse Curvin on April 25, 2021 at 12:35 am


  28. Kelly Keimer on April 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    But what wood do you use?

  29. Robert Johann Newton on April 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Any suggestions for making a gopher proof raised bed garden?

  30. Margaret Walker on April 25, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I use concrete blocks from Home Depot that are 8x16x4 and connect via indentations. They don’t rot and can be made firm with short rebar then filled with soil. They cost $1.10 each.

  31. JustCallMeLiberty on April 25, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Luv it Thanks! Wisdom Easy Peasy so the ONE day gets it DONE

  32. RandomSupporter on April 25, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Oh wow I’ve come full circle! You were in my intro to vegetable gardening class as a link to learn from! I’ve been watching you for years even before I started my degree. You were partly the reason I started seriously thinking about a future career in gardening/agriculture. Much love! ✨❣️

  33. Jeanne Thiebaut on April 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    This is so easy and brilliant.

  34. Mandy Mays on April 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    You may have said in a later video. Is there a reason you used planter blocks and not just nails?

  35. Talia Milan on April 25, 2021 at 12:43 am

    This is awesome! craaaazy easy

  36. Vivian Nguyen on April 25, 2021 at 12:44 am

    So nice and simple

  37. Rhonda Mateer on April 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Omg !!! Life saver no tools !!!

  38. Augustine Schaefer on April 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    First I love that you’re barefoot outside.
    Second this is something I can do! Starting seems overwhelming but this makes it exactly what I need to see…exactly how easy it is to start.

  39. Meg Garstang on April 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    OMG! This solves my challenge of creating a garden along a 35′ retaining wall without breaking the bank. Perfect solution for someone who has never had to garden for herself in her life!

  40. JennyTeng on April 25, 2021 at 12:51 am


  41. Allan Docater on April 25, 2021 at 12:51 am

    I started with Woodglut plans.

  42. adamtki on April 25, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Is the string needed after planting? If not, you could just skip the string and nails altogether. Just mark the inside of the wood with a pencil and draw a line in the soil with your finger.

  43. Kiwi on April 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    They don’t sell these blocks in the uk :/

  44. Jen K on April 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

    What type of wood should be used? Cedar or pressure treated?

  45. HBradley on April 25, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Why are you barefoot?

  46. DjNEOda1 Xb1 on April 25, 2021 at 12:56 am

    GREAT video
    GREAT advice
    If you were putting this on grass would you put a barrier between the grass and bed?
    Peace ✌

  47. luna laximi on April 25, 2021 at 12:58 am

    It is simple, here are a few ideas to give a thought to, water your plot first. Put in some fertilizer when planting. Then plant the plant starting, then water the plants again.

  48. Poupee W on April 25, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Use “duplex nails”(Double headed nails). It’s easier.

  49. thuhienson on April 25, 2021 at 12:59 am

    OMG!!! That’s a great idea! Thank you so so so much!!!

  50. Stephanie Dillard on April 25, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I really like that!!! I have my father’s old tiller but I have cancer, it’s really hard to move around… this is going to work great for me!!!!

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