How to build a (barely) raised Garden Bed

With a little more time this summer I've been able to get some gardening done. As you might remember from last years State of the Garden we had a raised garden bed in our backyard but I wanted to add more garden space this year. So the obvious solution was another garden bed. Because of the neighborhood I didn't want to create an eyesore with  big beds so these are only 8 inches high instead of the 2 feet or 3 feet that I would have ideally put for a garden.  Eventually I'd like to have these 4 foot by 8 foot barely raised beds all across the back stretch of the yard. 
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 The first step is getting three 8 foot by 4 inch cedar boards. Or if you're lucky enough to have a bigger pallet like I used for my cedar chest you can use recycled wood. Then cut one of these boards in half. From there you'll place the boards in a rectangle with one with two sides having the 8 foot boards and the ones in-between 4 feet. To nail these in use a cedar 2 x 2 piece as a brace and nail it into this. Then dig a small hole and place this brace into the ground. Once that's done the real building part is done! 

From here you can either use a liner, or if you're making a little bed like mine you can place cardboard in the bottom. As you can see I wasn't wearing the best shoes for the job... Then I coved it with last years leaves from the yard and dirt. Because we have a bit of rabbit issue we also placed a rabbit fence so that they can't get to the fresh plant shoots. 

Actually when I was at Lowes buying this dirt I saw one that was ripped open and told the store associate. He asked if I was still interested in buying it and we ended up making a deal to get it half off and he had a bag to cover it so we didn't lose any more dirt. Well worth it since the bag was still 4/5 of the way full so for some things it really is worth asking! 


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What's in the raised garden beds?
Tomatoes 
Hot Peppers (at separate ends)
Leeks
Radishes
Bush Beans
Carrots
Bell Peppers 
Brussels Sprouts
Pole Beans 

40 comments:

  1. we did almost game garden bag last year! ♥


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    Claudia.
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  2. This looks so enjoyable and useful to have! Amazing work!! x

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  3. Helpful info for me I do not have a green thumb thanks.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I have been struggling to keep my garden looking brand new so this has definitely helped !! x

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  5. This is a great idea, I hope build one someday haha. Have a beautiful day! Love, A

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  6. This is awesome! Gardening always looks so fun and I've been thinking about starting and helping out my mom.

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  7. Building raised garden beds is on my to-do list for this spring!

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  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    Vanessa

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  9. Great idea, I love gardening!

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  10. This is so cool! Unfortunately I can't make it as I'm living in an apartment!

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  11. These garden beds looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. I love planting!

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  12. Yaay, that´s cute! I would like to plant my own garden as well. Once! :) ♡

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  13. Thanks for these tips! I can't wait until I love somewhere where I can have my own garden!

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  14. Such an awesome DIY garden idea!!! You're growing some good veggies & fruits!!!


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  15. I can't wait to have a house and a garden. I love planting! Hubby and I turned our mini balcony into a jungle. We have so many plants, we love gardening!

    XoXo,

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  16. Love garden projects, thanks for sharing! :) x

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  17. Looks great! Good job :)

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  18. This is a great DIY!! Would totally love this (because I love gardening) if we had a yard! Unfortunately, those are some of the down sides living in the city.

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  19. great DIY garden, I'm terrible when it comes to this stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. So cool! I'm gonna garden this weekend and this is perfect for herbs.
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  21. This is such a clever gardening method. I wish NYC had more backyards so I could try this.

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  22. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Wednesday!
    much love, Len
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  23. We made a couple raised beds when we moved into the house we're renting, using reclaimed wood. It was easier than I thought!

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  25. Nice! Really cool. My husband wanted to put hanging potted plants in the yard, but so much furniture we still need to buy, so maybe something like this soon! :)

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  26. Looks great! Love it so much!
    Xoxo,
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  27. It's so thoughtful of you to have kept those in mind who live nearby when deciding the height of these beds, and well done for getting 1/2 off one of the bags!

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  28. This is an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. I am too fond of gardening. Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. This is so cute! My mum does beds like this all the time back home.. I wish I could garden more- it's a bit difficult when you're living in a big city :P
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  31. Wonderful to grow your own veggies: a healthy, happy, beneficial project!

    I wish you sunshine and rain! :-)

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  32. I'm so glad you posted this because I've been trying to take care of my plants! I love flowers, plants and veggies of course! It looks great! Good luck to them <333

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  33. Awesome post dear! Love the gardening so much!
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  34. What a great idea, it looks so effective!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
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  35. Love this post. Thank for sharing & Happy Weekend! xx

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  36. Aw I wish I had a garden!! Would be so fun!

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  37. Great post as always!! It's been awhile... Hope you had a wonderful week!!
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  38. The mini garden definitely looks cute :)

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  39. I would like so much to have the opportunity to have my own garden, it must be really great! Such a nice thing ; )
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