How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Drip Irrigation – Inexpensive & Easy

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Drip Irrigation – Inexpensive & Easy

This is a step by step guide on how to build a raised garden bed and how to install drip irrigation – inexpensive and easy! I highlight the benefits of a raised bed, easy design, material and soil to use and how to plan and install drip irrigation for maximum yields. Thanks for watching this organic backyard gardening diy guide.


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Raised Bed Kits
→ Super Simple Drip Line for Small Applications! –
→ Dripworks Raised Bed Kit on Amazon! –
→ Rainbid Drip Irrigation Kit –

1/2″ Main Line Parts:
→ Distribution Tubing –
→ Elbow –
→ Coupler (to connect main lines) –
→ Tee Fitting –
→ End Cap (I use these on the top of my bed headers) –
→ On/Off Valve –
→ Clips/Straps (secures line to raised bed)

1/4″ Emitter Line Parts
→ Emitter Tubing –
→ “Goof” Plugs (Caps Tubing) –
→ 1/4″ Transfer Barb (used to transfer water from the 1/2 main line to 1/4 emitter tubing) –
→ Drip Irrigation Hole Punch Tool –

→ Faucet Adapter for 1/2 Main Line –
→ Attachment to blow out lines in winter –
→ Timer I Use (This is the best timer, I tired several) –
→ Garden House Quick Connects! I use these on all my hoses –

→ Square Foot Gardening II
→ New Organic Grower
→ Vegetable Garden Bible
→ The Year-Round Vegetable Gardner

→ How to blow out lines in the winter
→ Build a raided bed trellis

Key Sections of the Video

0:21 – Benefits of Raised Beds
0:37 – Wood Selection
1:03 – 4×4 Raised Bed Build Design
1:50 – Leveling on a Slope Tip
2:30 – Prepping for Soil
2:46 – Tips on Soil/Organic Compost
4:02 – Drip Irrigation Benifits & – Guide
5:13 – Drip Diagram/Plan Overview
5:56 – Parts Overview
6:37 – Drip Irrigation Install

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  1. Amber Brown on July 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the great video. Question for you. I have (4) 4×8 beds essentially in a line. Is there any reason I cant just connect them all with one main line 3/4" line, and have the 1/2" leads extend off that one main? Appreciate you help!

  2. KSA on July 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hi thank you for video, I wonder should we cover all over basement with plastic, because of using less water, and is this not a problem for drenage? thank you

  3. JenJohansen322 on July 25, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, $12 for a single 2×10. It’s now 2021 and that same piece is $35…

  4. Kelly Troup on July 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Do you like raised beds over no beds at all? I am trying to decide if I should add raised beds to my garden instead of just planting directly in the ground. I feel like I would loose a lot of square footage in my garden if I convert it to raised beds

  5. Celtics 2020 on July 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Pull apart pallets, I’ve done it for years, still not falling apart yet

  6. Ronald Wood on July 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I never did see a Y connecter . Are you calling a Tee and Y connecter ?? If I order a Y what will I get ?

  7. Sir Cat on July 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    I put down cardboard so the grass didn’t grow through into my bed

  8. Frank Mansour on July 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Pressure treated wood is perfect, it is treated with copper. You are using old and outdated information about old treatment methods.

  9. Simone Rollock on July 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Is there a direct way to contact you for additional help?

  10. PrideofIpplepen on July 25, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Conventional wisdom says that pressure treated wood is perfectly OK for growing veggies in raised beds – the pressure injected chemicals cannot be drawn out of the wood after it has dried.

  11. Jean De La Loza on July 25, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Loved the video, but I do have one comment. The Pressure Treating Chemical used these days is not harmful for vegetable gardens. The one used prior to 2004, is definitely not usable

  12. josie hollerbach on July 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    How neat! Loved your video.

  13. Mark Tarullo on July 25, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    if I use the douglas fir boards, then paint, will they last longer?

  14. Chris Blythe on July 25, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Couple of questions, do u just punch holes into the drip line? How long would you water a bed for?

  15. CJ on July 25, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Pressure treated doesn’t use arsenic anymore, it’s perfectly fine

  16. Carl Rotheram on July 25, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    The connector is a T connector not a Y.

  17. lark lieb on July 25, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Why didn’t you go inside the bed so everything would be hidden?

  18. pssuoff11 on July 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    do you have any problems with waterlines freezing and bursting in winter, being no way to winterize?

  19. olivier suzor on July 25, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    The smaller diameter hoses at the end of the video, which run along the rows of plants, dont allow for a drip connector at each plant, or you don’t show this part, therefore I am confused, I think I have to use the larger diameter pipe with little green drip plugs

  20. Susan King on July 25, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Can you just use an old garden hose and add drip lines to that?

  21. Carl Wheeler on July 25, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the video. I have used pressure treated lumber for my raised beds since the feds banned the arsenic infused lumber about 7 years ago. Pressure treated lumber today uses copper to deter rot and works very well for raised beds. The infused copper has an additional benefit, it kills garden fungus just like the copper fungicide that is sprayed on vegetable plants. On the downside, the copper infused lumber does not stand up as well as the arsenic infused lumber when it is contact with the ground, it will typically last about 5 to 10 years, depending on climate, before it starts to deteriorate. Just FYI.

  22. Mary Speedie on July 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Just wondering about burying main lines in a zone 4 area. We get a lot of snow during the winter and it does get quite cold during the winter. I am concerned about winterizing the lines as I do not have an air compressor in order to blow out the lines.

  23. Donna Watson on July 25, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Your video has given me the courage to go ahead and install my drip irrigation kit. I’ve had it for 4 years now, and have been afraid to install it. I feel like I can do it now. I think I noticed that you didn’t use the 1 inch drip hose that already has the pre-punched drip holes.

    I have a different brand kit, but it looks like your kit. It has the same parts. I still ordered 2 extra 1/4 inch irrigation hoses and extra parts to use with it. Just to be sure I had enough since it didn’t cost much. I plan to use it for my raised garden beds and my pots on the patio.

    But, I might move the pots off the patio and onto the grass. I have a lot of pots and grow bags. I’ll figure it out.

    Thank you for sharing.

  24. mild soup on July 25, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Hey he’s near Danbury, how do you like the new Jhon Oliver waste treatment plant?

  25. fender gibson on July 25, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    i understand some pressure treated chemicals have been change to be safe now ..but research how the ones you hav are treated ..

  26. Don Stock on July 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Pressure-treated lumber does NOT leach chemicals into the soil. It’s extremely stable and completely safe for making raised beds. Folks should to stop repeating this urban legend.

  27. Gian Discenza on July 25, 2021 at 9:36 pm


  28. Erfan Asaadi on July 25, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    That is great. Thank you for the video. Any suggestion to protect the woods against pests and water damage?

  29. Surf Earth on July 25, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I’d suggest not running the tube along the top of the board in the event you want to put hoops up or sit along the edge as you harvest or weed. I’d also suggest running the pipe up the inside of the bed rather than the outside if you use a mower or weed eater/wicker along your beds so you don’t break the pipe.

  30. HOWARD WENDEL on July 25, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    use cardboard instead of weed barrier.

  31. Diana Kilcourse on July 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    I have a couple questions: Can you tell me where I can buy the parts? Also, we live in NY state can you winterizing the system?

  32. Ralph Davis on July 25, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    For a couple of dollars worth of paint, you could get years more life out of that lumber.

  33. Pat G on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    The price of that 2×10 now is probably 40 bucks

  34. Tara Chambers on July 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm


  35. Nepenthe6 on July 25, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Info is outdated regarding pressure treated, copper treated is ok

  36. ScottsGoingOn on July 25, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Great video, thanks for sharing.
    Do you leave the drip running at all times?
    I’ve subscribed thank you

  37. Cecilia Almanza on July 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    thank you for helping me see i can actually do this my self

  38. J A on July 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Did you lower the pressure from your main 1/2 inch line?

  39. Melanie Spencer on July 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Approx how much does this cost?

  40. Creatively, Candace Flower & Vegetable Gardening on July 25, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Great tips & great video! About to build new raised beds at our new property…

  41. Jouvelle Aguiar on July 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Your suggestions were very useful . Thanks

    Noticed in your video for compost you came up with McEnroe Organic Farm Market & Eatery. Just wondering if you still use that place or if you have since found better places for compost ? I live in westchester, ny so upstate Poughkeepsie isn’t too far off . Most of the local compost places nearby have bad reviews with them mixing trash , plastic and all in their compost. Curious to know if you have any other places for compost.

  42. Brian and Tami Olson-Pelle on July 25, 2021 at 9:52 pm


  43. David L on July 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Would a drip line work with gravity fed rainwater? If so what works best for you? Also can you recommend a easy to use timer? I’ve only tried one and it’s very confusing to me. Orbit I think.

  44. olivier suzor on July 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for your help and your time
    Much appreciated

  45. P S on July 25, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Will they freeze and crack in the winter?

  46. Bruce and Wendy Kelsh on July 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    This guide was really clear, packed with helpful info from start to finish.

  47. Ruel De Veyra on July 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm


  48. Alex Weedon on July 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    You’re clearly new to this, pressure treated is no longer made with arsenic. And those beds won’t last two years if made of pine. Great video quality though keep going.

  49. Smoked Brisket on July 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    pressure treated lumber has not been treated with arsenic for decades and decades in the US. that was the problem with it years ago. any more, it isn’t an issue.

  50. Loren Leonard on July 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Can you flush the lines out before winter? I am curious what you can do to prevent them from freezing.

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