How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Wood – Easy (EZ) & Cheap

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Wood – Easy (EZ) & Cheap

I’ve built a number of raised beds over the years, but so far this design is my favorite. The sides are 2 x 10’s and the top is capped off with a 2 x 4 shelf, which not only helps keep the 2 x 10’s from bowing out from the weight of the soil but also makes a great place to sit when working in the garden.

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50 Comments

  1. Gord Baker on September 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Roto-till soil, bury a treated 4X4 along edges. Plant, cover area between rows with sun block material, water and eat.
    Done.

  2. Najla Tp on September 2, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Nice

  3. चौधरी हरयाणा के on September 2, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    What’s the ideal height for a bed ????

  4. Todd Hower on September 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Great video. I like a Shelf at the top to sit on. Thinking about doing something similar but considering going higher and wondering about putting the shelf on the outside to give myself a little more room on the inside of the bed

  5. Gratitude Ranch on September 2, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Patrick-
    Where’s the video you did on how to replace the wood? I can’t find it. I know it’s there somewhere! Trying to send it to my hubby!

  6. Joseph Iannolino on September 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Great video, really helpful in building a functional garden bed. However I do not recall a short discussion on what type of wood to use for the project,. I know cedar is a good wood, I know you must AVOID chemically treated woods/materials, but I would recommend a discussion on what to use and not use. Great Video, thanks

  7. Steve Coan on September 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    177 dislikes? Really? this is a really great design. Thanks for this video as we will be making this from cocoa wood which is so common there in the Philippines and doesn’t rot.
    I also like the fact that its the proper hight and is really easy to sit to prune or take care of the plants 10 thumbs up for this awesome video. I like when he said we can change the world 1 yard at a time.

  8. Herb on September 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    For the four inside corner, you used 2x3s, any reason why you didn’t use a 2x4s instead?

  9. Benny on September 2, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Most wood is treated with horrible chemicals like arsenic so be careful with the wood you pick.

  10. flaviuvacanta1 on September 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    How can I treat the wood to avoid rot?

  11. kennyw on September 2, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Great video and production, very professional. Thanks.

  12. GG on September 2, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    wondering how have your crops been survived from Moles from underground with raised beds built without any metal wirenetz protection?

  13. LahaveNS on September 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Great video. My biggest hold back from making beds has been what kind of wood to use. I have tons of pine, spruce and hemlock available to me, but none of that is good for beds unless I treat it – but I thought you couldn’t do that if you’re making the beds for any veggies.

  14. George Fernandez on September 2, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Great video Patrick, Thank You for sharing. l’m going to build several of these beds in the coming weeks, do you recommend putting weed control "tarp" on the bottom and then put cardboard on top of that?
    Thank You Sir.

  15. Mark R. on September 2, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Excellent job. Thanks, very helpfull.

  16. Bernie Clark on September 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I think may be put the 4×2 on the out side so that it acts as a baffle to snails and wood lice. good video thank you.

  17. Bob Kansara on September 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for a great video, GOD BLESS.

  18. Roman Rebisz on September 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    What can of lumber use

  19. Ewing Sharp on September 2, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I built some elevated versions of these. It’s fun to see everything at waist level.

  20. Eric Barsaga on September 2, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    so much effort…

  21. Jackie Horsley on September 2, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I really enjoyed your video I am glad I came a cross your video on how to build a Raised bed like yours I think It would be a good fit for me I am looking In to building another bed I have seven all Together but I have to replace three now

  22. Some Room to Grow on September 2, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Great design for the price! It sure beats paying $38 for a single 1 x 12 cedar board. You can bet I’ll be making a couple 4′ x 4′ versions of this in a few months. Thank you again, Patrick!

  23. Mike H on September 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Perfect video – thanks!

  24. Rugged Rick Rude on September 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    we rent and want to grow peppers cucumbers tomatos etc etc…would your design be fine for that,ty for clear concise explanation in vid

  25. Cortney Simkins on September 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Am I able to build the raised bed without the shelf?

  26. Maineiac fishing on September 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    The ad before the video was for mattresses… Get it

  27. Evan Kusik on September 2, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    could you do this with 2x8s instead of 2x10s, and still have the seats?

  28. Open Gate Farmstead on September 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    We are adding raised beds to the homestead this year! It’s one of our #1 goals for 2019! where did you source your wood?

  29. baynerw on September 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Video, construction and thoroughness….all well done sir. I believe I will use this design as I need to get off ground level for the garden, damn rodents. Thank you.

  30. L O F E N O I A L O F on September 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Is this still your preferred design for raised beds ? Also would it be okay to just build a raised bed right on top of a lawn area ?

    Thanks!

  31. Samt1958 on September 2, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Great job!!! Thanks for sharing.

  32. DavidandStephanie Ray on September 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    why do you need 2×3’s? why can’t you just drill the width piece to the length piece??

  33. Jpo Jpo on September 2, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    very nice Job.good for you

  34. Elon Y. Kim on September 2, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Hi OYR, Thanks of the great video. Did you use the pressure treated lumber? or What wood do you recommend? Is 2 by 3 wood same kind with 2 by 10? Thanks!

  35. Michael Ripperger on September 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    On those beds. If you take a weed Flamer and braise the wood…. That will cut down with the Cape. Not sure about termites. Maybe somebody else might have some experience with that

  36. Nadine Kunz on September 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for your video! I built a bed yesterday to go around the edge of my deck and used your idea of putting boards on top. I mitred the corners, never made a mitre cut in my life. All with a handsaw. It looks great, but thinking straight cuts like you did would give the top boards extra strength. Love watching all your videos. Thanks from New Zealand

  37. Stacey Rivers on September 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    How much for the dirt? I have found that to be the most expensive part of raised beds.

  38. Najla Tp on September 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I Like this

  39. Lisa on September 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I just spent hours upon hours of sheer hell with this. Wanted to make 3×6 beds using brackets from Gardeners Supply ($$$) Spent a huge amount of time (forever) choosing wood with a sales person – then they screwed up by cutting it off. Like WAY off.

    Did you have the wood cut at the store? I guess the best way is get ready to go boards but what about the sides? 3 or 4 feet would have to be either brought home in big pieces (fine if one can AND has a proper saw) – but damn Home Depot just apparently can’t cut anything LOL

  40. Jim Wade on September 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Not cheap….

  41. Craig Nevermind on September 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Looks great

  42. stizan24 on September 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Im.making 8×3 beds. I got the first frame done. I’m out of light, good thing I have the next 4 days off!

  43. Ed Warnock on September 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    My only input would be in hotter climates the 2′ wide raised beds tend to get too hot and everything quickly stops growing in response. We had built two 2′ x 6′ raised beds for our first try at them. They did real well until we got into 107° and 110° weather for a few days. Plants too close to the edge of the bed suffered, those in the center did better. Even with extra watering it was hard to get them through that kind of heat. I am sure shade cloth would have made some difference but that is a lot of heat. In the future I will make them all 4′ x 8 or more feet. We live in the California Sierra Nevada foothills,which can be extremely hot and very dry.

  44. Scott yP911 on September 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Mama bear needs a planter box so this is gonna be my design!

  45. Schrodinger's Cat Lives! on September 2, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Nice video – just finished my first. Going to do 1 more but with the top rails cut at 45 degrees.

  46. Francine G. Salomons on September 2, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    How to build a divided raised bed planter

  47. Dan Carpenter on September 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Not sure you sure are running this channel but Do you think you could use this design to make a two tiered raised bed say 12 foot long and not sure of width or height ? I am looking to build two out front of my house and your design is the best I have found

  48. nancyjm79 on September 2, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I am SO inspired. I love this! It’s lovely.

  49. John Meegan on September 2, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I hope to learn about it

  50. FracturedFairyTales1 on September 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Great video and tips to reduce rot loss. I am now on a mission to do this. Thank you so much for this post!

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