How to Build Durable Raised Garden Beds (Planter Boxes)

How to Build Durable Raised Garden Beds (Planter Boxes)

Come learn how to build durable, long-lasting raised garden beds or planter boxes. This video will walk you through the best lumber choices, bed dimensions, a step-by-step demonstration to build a raised garden bed, plus tips on gopher-proofing the bed with hardware cloth. The planter boxes shown in this video are 4×8′ by 16.5″, made of heart redwood. Thank you so much for tuning in and following along!

Written version of this tutorial:

Drip irrigation for raised beds video, out now!

How to fill raised garden beds with soil:

How to Make Raised Beds Last Longer (with sealing info):


3″ Decking Screws:

Nontoxic wood sealer for garden beds:

12″ galvanized steel mending braces:

Sealing your garden beds isn’t necessary (especially if you use heart redwood or cedar, which are already very durable on their own, unsealed) but we did end up sealing the interior of the raised bed with a non-toxic, food-safe wood sealer (linked above) to make the bed last even longer. Applying a sealer BEFORE you build the garden beds is easiest, but we sealed the inside after assembly because I like the look of aged redwood and want the outside to age naturally. See this article to learn more, including about the silicone caulking I mentioned. 7 Ways to extend the life of wood raised beds:

Another great option for durable, long-lasting garden beds is to use quality, food-safe metal raised garden bed kits – like Birdies beds! Use code deannacat3 to save 5% off Birdies Beds here:

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  1. Southern Girl 1908 on November 6, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Hey Deanna! That’s my name too! Don’t come across very many women with our name. First of all thank you so much for how thorough you are as well as how comprehensive the information given. Bless you! I am an excited new subscriber. Absolutely love your website too!

  2. VV Grow on November 6, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Healthy looking ladies I saw in the background lol

  3. MYOB MYOB on November 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Want to hire you as an advisor/creator or reccomended for micro farm start up.

  4. CathFlo Naturals on November 6, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, you made it look so easy

  5. ken C. on November 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Are the 4×4 post pressure treated? I don’t recall there’s any redwood or cedar 4×4 posts

  6. Pavel G. on November 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I just find you guys today and I like how you explained in detail. Good job and God bless you. I have question , do you use any weed barrier under the gravel ?

  7. Kristin Pothast on November 6, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Do you have any advice on where to shop for the wood? I’m extremely new to all of this and have only ever bought wood from the big orange box. I know it’s area-dependent but what should I be looking for or searching for when looking for wood sourcing alternatives?

  8. saberstriker on November 6, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the step by step as well as the write up!

  9. Paul Chereshkoff on November 6, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Hello Love your garden And The raised beds and was wondering im looking to fence my garden in also what material are you fences made from the one That I like is the crossed center pieces

  10. Christine Smith on November 6, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Lovely video, new subscriber here! How do you get the ground without grass like that? Is that mulch or pea gravel?

  11. Gooding Washington on November 6, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for such an amazing inspiring video.

    After 10 years in our home, I am rebuilding my raised bed garden this fall. Your videos are very much helpful.

  12. nigel walker on November 6, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Am I the only one that caught the “special” plants behind the patio area 😂😂 love it 👌🏿👌🏿

  13. Microska 26 on November 6, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t know if you are still reading comments, but can you tell me the distance between each width of the beds?

  14. Pouya82 on November 6, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    We just go to any of our garden warehouses and buy PALLKRAGAR here in Sweden and assemble them 🙂 They come in different sizes and colors and you can stack them on eachother to create deeper beds for plants that need more space for its roots.

  15. Michael Knapp on November 6, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Good video, but you need a portable microphine

  16. Mark G on November 6, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome looking garden

  17. Julia D on November 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Fantastic video thank you. Really well explained.

  18. Cody Rasheed on November 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Jeez. Wow. Amazing

  19. horse1066 on November 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    9:37 flip those top two boards over so the cup faces inwards

  20. C. C. on November 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Hi, excellent process – thanks for sharing! Quick question, how did you attach the landscape cloth? I assume staples sides and bottom?

  21. Mike教练 on November 6, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    i see the giant marijuana plants in the back 😀

  22. robioc49 on November 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    what size screws for the mending brace?

  23. Daniel Verona on November 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    So great!!

  24. CrazyUncleJoJo on November 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    I need these about 12 of them we have a food pantry here in town threw our church and we have started a town garden & I’m looking to do a Fundraiser to get it restarted since our preacher passed & everything has come to a holt to help with the Area Food Bank

  25. Chanel Princess on November 6, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Excellent job! I just added the mending plates, thank you for the link! Its actually cheaper than at Home depot!

  26. Janice Anderson on November 6, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I am getting ready to relocate my garden to another area on my property and renovate my raised garden beds. I have reviewed your videos and am grateful for the info on products to seal the boxes with. The raised garden bed construction I got right. But sealing them was something I missed the first time around. I am curious about your decision to use rock and the prep that it took to get the area ready. Can you share please?

  27. Ed Rudolph on November 6, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Great video, thanks for sharing!

  28. Al Fred on November 6, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Hi, what size did you cut you 4×4’s; 16 1/2” or 16”? Thank you.

  29. Xavi3r Kemtu on November 6, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for this information- this is the best raised garden bed build I have seen

  30. Sean Monts on November 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I should be preparing to go to work and this video showed up on my timeline! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. This is a God send. Now I know what I did wrong before and I can prepare for the next growing season. After almost 3 years of gardening, I was about to give up. But thanks to you and your husband I have renewed energy and enthusiasm. Have a super day and I will be purchasing some of your sourdough starters real soon. Many many thanks and have a great day.

  31. David Hypes on November 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Very informative video. Would love to have a garden like yours! Just a thought…..if you would cut your end boards to exactly 4’ and put them on the outside of the 8’ boards, instead of the inside, you would have no waste at all. The bed would end up being 4’ wide and 8’ 3”s long, but that would just mean a couple extra inches of hardware cloth for each one, but no wood waste at all, instead of the the 3”s per board that you have now on the ends. Just throwing that out there for future beds if you wish to do so. Thank you!

  32. BIZKIT on November 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    I’m like 30 seconds in. Liking because you said you re-filmed in landscape.

  33. STS on November 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Looks great, the only thing is each 4’x8’x2’deep bed would cost roughly $265 in material (cedar), pretty expensive these days.

  34. Bruce MacCallum on November 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Thankyou so much! A couple of questions for you.
    1. When you placed the beds in place, did you do so on the soil, a weed barrier or on top of the rock? If on the soil, don’t you lose another 2" to 3" in height?
    2. When choosing the rock surrounding the beds, is it more decorative or just cost effectiveness? Would a .75" – 1.25" smooth river rock work well?

  35. Kaboom214 on November 6, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    About to make mine. I’m going to drench the wood with Avacado oil for maximum durability.

  36. Marty Christensen on November 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    You are a great talker and explained the process perfectly, thank-you so much

  37. Shannon Flynn on November 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Nice setup! I’m definitely doing this method 👍

  38. Donald Martin on November 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Peter Cooper on November 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    New to your channel and love it!! Quick question, did you put any underlay down before you put the rocks on your garden bed area?

  40. Gretchen Justice on November 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Been searching a while, but this finally showed up after giving up, and this came out of nowhere. Thank you for sharing!

  41. Dale Bailey on November 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I know the boards are 8’ feet long. I just heard you say 2×6’s. I was about to ask you that question.

    I know termites can be an issue on my land. Would heart redwood or cedar repel termites, or will I need to use treated lumber with a food safe sealer?

  42. MikeysMammie on November 6, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Great! Easy way to make them just right! Thank you!

  43. Learning & Growing on November 6, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I found cedar at my local home depot but they said untreated wood is not suitable for ground contact and they recommend me to choose treated lumber.
    Should I listen to them and choose treated lumber? Or should I insist buying cedar?

  44. PETROVICH HOUSE on November 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    beautiful flower bed

  45. Raj on November 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Unique and great

  46. BeeTrue🐝 on November 6, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Hi! Long time Instagram follower. I live in your county, and I no longer have a yard. I have a deck and courtyard. I would need to implement a bottom to these planters and use garden pots. Have you covered this, gardening on patios, decks, in pots etc.,. ? My plan was to build a floor and line with gardening plastic. @Homestead and Chill

  47. Timberline Gold Prospecting on November 6, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    You have an exquisite backyard area! Such a beautiful, and relaxed area!

  48. Robbie Porras on November 6, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Nice work! I did my beds very similar, I did not use the wire for gophers though and I do have gophers in my yard, hopefully they do not become an issue. I used linseed oil to seal the wood.

  49. Sirios Star on November 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    "potential " chemicals in treated wood ??

  50. Nomad On The Run on November 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Great video but audio is really bad. Small investment in a Lav mic would be a big difference .

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