How to Build a Raised Garden Bed for Under $15!

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed for Under $15!

Gardening season is in full swing and I’m trying out some raised garden beds on the farm thus year to improve our water drainage issues. We’ve been getting a lot of rain and or clay soil is getting really compacted and takes forever to drain. So raised garden beds it is! I’ve made four already and it’s such a quick and easy project that I decided to make a video tutorial and share it with you in hopes of giving you some inspiration to try your hand at growing some food this year!

There are a lot of videos and blog posts on inexpensive ways to build your own garden beds but many of them were not very inexpensive solutions in my eyes. I was able to make mine for very little money so I’m sharing what I did in this video with you.

Before using any power tools please practice safety precautions to ensure proper and safe use of all tools and supplies. Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for the tools and supplies you are using. Use eye and hand protection if the project requires it and of course, have fun!

Supplies you’ll need:
• Two 2x8x8 foot boards of untreated wood- I used pine but if you can get a good deal on some cedar or redwood then that would be better since they are both naturally rot resistant and should last longer.

• 4 wooden chunks of a 2×4 cut to the width of the board you are using. In my case it was 7 3/8″.

• about 20 outdoor/exterior wood screws at 2.5″ or longer.

• Cordless drill with predrilling/countersinking bits

This 4 foot x 4 foot raised bed cost me just under $15 and is a great way to start growing food, herbs or even just flowers. This is the size suggested in the Square Foot Gardening method.

Give it a try!

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50 Comments

  1. Jell’s Aventuras on July 19, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Thank you

  2. Jared Jones on July 19, 2021 at 2:44 am

    This videos’ title didn’t age well! 🙂 Wont be $15 unless you chop the tree down yourself

  3. Anthony DeRuggiero on July 19, 2021 at 2:47 am

    I know this is an old video, but thank you so much! I’m making my first gardens this week!

  4. Romelia Polly on July 19, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Go to Woodglut if you want to know how to make it easier. This is a good solution for every woodworker.

  5. Christopher Martone on July 19, 2021 at 2:48 am

    $1,500 now days…

  6. TheSamba37 on July 19, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Man, look at those lumber prices.

    I bet that untreated pine is looking pretty ghastly about now.

  7. Brett Kuykendall on July 19, 2021 at 2:51 am

    2021…HOW TO BUILD A SMALL RAISED GARDEN BED FOR ONLY $1,500 AND YOUR FIRST BORN CHILD!!!

  8. Bunny Cotleur on July 19, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Love it! Followed directions and have it set up exactly how I wanted. Thanks!!

  9. Lucy Gudgeon-Brennand on July 19, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Great video, I’m a DIY idiot and found this super simple to follow, compared to a few others that skip over what they presume everyone will know, and it’s not boring! 🙂

  10. Catherine Desilets on July 19, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Pre Covid lumber prices … LOL

  11. Consedra Cooks on July 19, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Thanks very helpful

  12. Katarina Schuette on July 19, 2021 at 2:54 am

    This is an amazing video! You make it seem so easy, now I’m more motivated to make one 🙂 thank you!

  13. Harold Carlson on July 19, 2021 at 2:55 am

    7 years later and this video showed up on my suggested videos. Congrats! 🙂

  14. Sarah R on July 19, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Not in 2021…. $15.00?

  15. Paul Woods on July 19, 2021 at 2:58 am

    If you are adding cow manure to your vegetable garden aren’t you risking that the food eaten by the cow & the cow haven been treated with hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides & insecticides for your organic garden? How do you know the cows & pastures they ate from were also organic?

  16. fonzo on July 19, 2021 at 2:58 am

    Why are people disliking this 🙄🙄🙄

  17. Lyn Gregg on July 19, 2021 at 2:58 am

    I hope I am able to make a bed like this one. I’ve been threatening to put one together for years. Now that ‘ve Iretired, I have the time. Great video , you have enpired me!💖

  18. Toni Maugeri on July 19, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Excellent! thanks

  19. LegendaryNeeoth __ on July 19, 2021 at 3:01 am

    6 years later the price of wood has gone up and this is no longer $15😭😂 Awesome video though👍

  20. Adam Bowman on July 19, 2021 at 3:02 am

    If this video was made in 2021, it would be “under $150”

  21. Madame Democracy on July 19, 2021 at 3:02 am

    This was excellent. I’m copying you.

  22. Garden Girl on July 19, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Gosh I wish wood was as cheap as it was back then. Good vodeo

  23. Kenneth Van Duzen on July 19, 2021 at 3:05 am

    I love You gurl, thank u

  24. Thirsty 4more on July 19, 2021 at 3:07 am

    You forgot to mention drill & bits.

  25. pam smedley on July 19, 2021 at 3:09 am

    Perfect demonstration!

  26. terry fleming on July 19, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Too bad that beds about 100 bucks now lol

  27. Lydia Lujan on July 19, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Now this wood project would cost 100.00

  28. crazy squirrel on July 19, 2021 at 3:10 am

    It is 2021 and wood prices have skyrocketed.
    What was $15 7 years ago is now over $150 today.

  29. Unknown Unknown on July 19, 2021 at 3:12 am

    This is helpful!

  30. S Phillips on July 19, 2021 at 3:15 am

    Nice video, but in today’s economy it might be more accurate to change the end of the title to ". . . Under $150!"

  31. John Quarter on July 19, 2021 at 3:16 am

    6 years ago yes. The price of wood in 2021…no. But there is no inflation, remember?

  32. Kraft Outdoors on July 19, 2021 at 3:18 am

    Thank you for your video so smart.

  33. LAM1740 on July 19, 2021 at 3:18 am

    Awesome video, thank you!

  34. Leslie Edgar on July 19, 2021 at 3:18 am

    Great instructor!

  35. Y P on July 19, 2021 at 3:18 am

    I got lost in the first 5 seconds: 2x2x8… I understand they are 8 ft long and she cut them in half, but what is the 2×2 part…. they don’t look 2 ft high to me ??? Please help!

  36. Nailah Orr on July 19, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Amazing! Thanks a ton!

  37. autumnbreeze on July 19, 2021 at 3:20 am

    You go girl! Excellent presentation and clear instructions for someone considering a raised garden bed.

  38. Larry McChesney on July 19, 2021 at 3:21 am

    It might bev a good idea for you to update your video. Prices have tripled since this was made and HD has your suggested lumber, but not for less than about $30 just for a couple of 2x8x8 pine boards.

  39. Allan Docater on July 19, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Just go to the Woodglut website if you want to do it yourself.

  40. Milissa Mackenzie on July 19, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Thanks so much.

  41. Sorsha011 on July 19, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Super! Thank you – from another crafty Gemini! You answered all my questions in this video. Much obliged. 😀

  42. Allison Sponseller on July 19, 2021 at 3:25 am

    This is exactly the video I needed! I appreciate how thorough you were while also getting down to the point. I can’t wait to try this project!

  43. Terrie M on July 19, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Thank you!

  44. Raychii521 521521 on July 19, 2021 at 3:28 am

    I’m just here to make a update for the price. It would be like 45-50 usd right now

  45. jesuisravi on July 19, 2021 at 3:28 am

    good job

  46. Creighton Bright on July 19, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Vanessa, you really do an amazing how-to video! I really enjoyed watching it, and learned some stuff! Keep up the good work!!

  47. Scottie Pipppen on July 19, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Lmao man that lumber $$

  48. Topsoil Depletion Awareness (closing the loop) on July 19, 2021 at 3:33 am

    Would 1 inch boards work?

  49. x x on July 19, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Easy trick–cedar fence posts. Dirt cheap and rot resistant. They’re always in the home depot scrap bin too

  50. Mike Kelly on July 19, 2021 at 3:42 am

    And today this same garden bed only costs $50.00 thanks Dems…

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