Easiest Way to Build Raised Beds with Galvanized Steel (No Wood or Power Tools Needed)

Easiest Way to Build Raised Beds with Galvanized Steel (No Wood or Power Tools Needed)

With the growing season in Missouri in full swing, it’s time to plant our perennial herb garden. It’s one of the three goals we have for the homestead.

With a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity, Emma helps us check off the first of three big to-do’s for the homestead this year. Check out what she does with a couple of window wells she picked up from our local hardware store to build the easiest DIY raised beds. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Raised Bed Materials:
4 galvanized window wells, 37″ x 12″
4 3/8 bolts with hex heads
4 3/8 hex nuts
8 washers
1 9’x12′ 1 mil clear plastic drop cloth (liner)

Raised Bed Fill Materials:
6 15-lb bags of top soil
4 50-lb bags of Black Kow Organic Composted Manure

More to the Story:
As part of a challenge, started by our friend Heather from Bear Bottom Acres, we set three goals to accomplish on the homestead for the year 2020. 1) Grow one thing to feed our family for the entire year, 2) Make one thing your family usually buys at the store, and 3) Try growing one new thing. Our new perennial herb garden will help us accomplish the first goal. While we won’t be ‘feeding’ our family with these herbs directly, they’ll be used in the kitchen to season most of our food and to make herbal teas that are yummy and healing.

Learn more about the challenge here:

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26 Comments

  1. Getting It Done North Of 7 on June 30, 2021 at 1:52 am

    So your name is Emma, and here I’ve been calling you Sonnie. lol Those are a great idea for raised beds. Will look into these window wells next spring. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Skmccuen on June 30, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Love the idea of the paired window wells for the planter. That sage and the rosemary will, by themselves, take over the planters in a couple of years and could probably do well with their own planters each. Love your energy.

  3. Environmental Coffeehouse on June 30, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Hi Sonnie! I am a fellow you tuber, homesteader, but I’m disabled so everything is harder. I just found your channel and I really like you. We are a science climate change channel just in case you’re interested, but I subbed you!

  4. Robert Castleberry P.A.D. Life Outdoors on June 30, 2021 at 1:54 am

    came from RidgeLife.. i Look forward to watching your videos

  5. Sonia Uscategui on June 30, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Really enjoyed this video. Had no idea about window wells as raised beds. Great idea and inexpensive compared to other galvanized products. Thx for sharing!

  6. Megan Cooke on June 30, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Hello. I am curious about the purpose of the drop cloth liner. In my raised beds, I put newspaper or cardboard down to suppress weeds, then mulch, then soil and compost as you’ve done, but never a plastic liner.

  7. Kalaya Goffigan on June 30, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Awe man you really helped me out! I was just about to buy all of the tools/materials for the rectangle beds but this is so much more easier for me to do and they look cooler! Thank you!

  8. Hicks Adventures on June 30, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thanks for the great ideas. I want to put in an herb garden. Going to look into the window wells. Great video!

  9. The Citystead on June 30, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Awesome little raised beds!

  10. Space Life Cooking and Gardening on June 30, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Thanks for these great ideas bro, we have a few different herbs atm but they aren’t too happy ๐Ÿ™ stay connected ๐Ÿ™‚ peace

  11. Alex Guinez on June 30, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Thank you so much. Same materials and lower prices than those labeled as raised garden beds.

  12. Joe and Sueโ€™s Off Grid Adventure on June 30, 2021 at 2:16 am

    these look great!

  13. Nick Rollins on June 30, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Those turned out awesome. Great idea!

  14. Sonnie's Place on June 30, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Check out our Homestead DIY Playlist for more fun projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYmdl0z9K9I&list=PLL9_SuU1whd9-ePHkC-6ckhOZk4lMfM7s

  15. Bake A Leg And Let's Dig It Homestead on June 30, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Great garden information

  16. GLORIA Tsinjinnie on June 30, 2021 at 2:20 am

    love it

  17. Sheila Fade on June 30, 2021 at 2:27 am

    That was smart I am going to go buy me some love the easy idea!

  18. SEMBREMOS VIDA HUERTO URBANO on June 30, 2021 at 2:28 am

    girl I’m you are awesome.

  19. MemphisMower on June 30, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Very cool. Going to be neat to see the herbs grow. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  20. tvtimemomx2 on June 30, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Thatโ€™s a really good idea with the window wells. Iโ€™m wondering why you put the plastic in. And if you put holes at the bottom so it wonโ€™t flood

  21. Indiana Backyard Gardener on June 30, 2021 at 2:39 am

    These came out so great!! I might need to try this! thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Little Mountain Life on June 30, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Simple and effective! Awesome beds, Emma!

  23. Grounds4Life on June 30, 2021 at 2:41 am

    AWESOME raised beds!

  24. Vel on June 30, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Hi Emma! Love this. Could you please outline the steps regarding the materials/soils etc. you used to fill in the beds?
    How can I use this as a veg.garden – Best types of veg to put in one container or what would be best for multiple containers?

    Thanks.
    Woman Power,

  25. Stringfield Ridge Farm on June 30, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Thatโ€™s great Emma I need to do more raised beds and container gardens. We have good soil but I canโ€™t weed like I used to! Thanks for the idea

  26. Homesteading Northern Michigan on June 30, 2021 at 2:44 am

    I absolutely love your energy… Still watching loved the opener to your video.. what a great idea…. Super quick

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