Cheap and Easy 4' x 8' Garden Box Build

Cheap and Easy 4' x 8' Garden Box Build

There’s plenty of content out there about raised beds and how to build them, but I find that people tend to over-complicate the carpentry and spend way too much on materials. Also, in my experience, there’s little to be gained in going higher than 6″ (15cm). When you combine that with the fact that all wooden boxes rot in about 10 years, then it makes even more sense to slap them together as quickly and cheaply as possible. In this video I share the cheap and easy way that I build most of my beds.

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13 Comments

  1. The Gardening Astronomer on July 22, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    What are your thoughts on hemlock? I made some raised beds from hemlock about 15 years ago and they need replacing. Heffler’s Lumber in Lower Sackville used to sell it, but no more 🙁

  2. Lee Garner on July 22, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    That’s how I made a lot of mine,I used old lumber from the deck when the new one was built,their still in great shape,I just move them where their needed

  3. Anne Studley on July 22, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the demo. I actually had the wood cut at the place where I bought the wood, giving them the dimensions I wanted, and it didn’t cost extra. I did get a saw this past summer for cutting branches – could I use that for wood like that without ruining it? I’m quite ignorant about these things, so your demos are helpful.

  4. Doug Linehan on July 22, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Greg, I just discovered your channel and I am really liking it so far. The reason I found your channel is because I am interested in starting a vegetable garden this spring. And when I say start, I mean I have nothing done. I was looking through your videos trying to find how to start a vegetable garden from the beginning and I don’t believe you have one. I do have a good sized area in my back yard with lots of sunlight for the garden, just need the beginning steps. Any help or direction would be really appreciated. I live in Nova Scotia.

  5. Viola McShannon on July 22, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Another great lesson. I also like the way you braced the ends against the woodpile there. I built my shed with 16 penny nails and man you need to brace! I’ve been saving scrap wood from crates at work. The boards are 10-12 inches wide and about 8 feet long. And free! So I’m going to put up two more beds this spring. Still have lots of nails left so this will be really cheap. 👍😁

  6. Jean Paul Dupuis on July 22, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I unilaterally prefer screws over nails. With a cordless drill they go in just as fast, are easier to control, and require much less strength and dexterity to use. It is very easy to drive a screw a quarter inch deep, freely adjust the angle, then drive it home exactly where you want it. In my experience, the narrow shank of a screw is much less likely to split timbers than nails. If you make a mistake, screws are very easily removed and reused. Screws are slightly more expensive, but generally more accessible to novices, and will produce better results.

    My beds are arranged as yours, with the short segments ‘capping’ the long segments. I regret doing it this way and recommend putting the long segments ‘on the outside’ if that makes sense. The long-on-the-outside arrangement maximizes interior area. It is a minor issue with 2" lumber, but my 4’x10′ beds use 4" lumber, so my mistake is costing me about 4 square feet out of a nominal 40, which is significant.

  7. Wendy’s Urban Homestead on July 22, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Can we use wood from old skids ?

  8. Dawn Jones on July 22, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Just what I needed to see. All other videos shared instructions that were beyond my budget and skill level. I think I could manage this. 😀

  9. Tanya Brillisour on July 22, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this video together!! I’m usually reliant on my husband to build the beds. Ive wanted to learn how to do this forever. My husband has so many other projects that need his attention, I’m excited to be able to do one of them myself. I can’t thank you enough for gearing this to people like me, with limited building skill!!!

  10. PJ D on July 22, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks Greg for the how to on the garden beds, it works for me too, I really don’t think the plants will mind either! Love your video’s.

  11. Donnetta McCray on July 22, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Greg, thank you for this video! I was just saying how I want a bigger garden, we have enough land, next year and how can I do it most cost effectively. I’m by no means, a builder or handy but I’m a do-er and smart. This seems simple enough. You’re awesome and have helped me so much. Those tidbits of “useless information” you provide is extremely helpful, so keep it coming👍🏽👍🏽

  12. Kevin Rowbotham on July 22, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    One of the best beginner how-to videos I have ever seen. I like seeing videos aimed at people who are starting out with gardening AND tools.

  13. Mississippi Gulf Coast Gardener on July 22, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Nice job:) Thanks for sharing!

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