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DIY Cedar Raised Garden Bed

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First completed project of the year!

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Here’s how I did it…

Materials:

  • 48 lf. of rough sawn cedar 2×6′s (I got 3 2×6-16′ boards)
  • 12 lf of rough sawn cedar 4×4′s (I got 2 4×4-8′ posts)
  • 48 5/16 lag screws

Tools:

  • Drill w/ 7/16 socket
  • Miter Saw
  • Guy to dig post holes

Time: Once I had everything together, this was about a half a day project to build.

Cost: Approx $200 (The price of cedar is killer, isn’t it?)

Step 1: Cuttin’
Or you can buy the boards cut to length, but then how will you get that wonderful cedar sawdust smell in your shop?

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This box is 4′x8′ and 12″ deep, so I needed the following board lengths:

  • 4 2x6x8′ boards
  • 4 2x6x4′ boards
  • 6 4x4x2′ posts

Step 2: Drillin’
After the cutting part, the rest of it involves a lot of juice in your drill batteries, and that’s about it. I wanted something stronger than standard deck screws and after much debate in the “Nuts & Bolts” isle in the Depot I decided on the Spax 5/16 Exterior lag screw.

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They aren’t crazy huge (I briefly considered 3/8″ stainless lag screws… but at $2 apiece? Not necessary.) but they are significantly sturdier to use, and the head shape prevents needing to put washers on.

I built the long sides first… so the top board was flush with the top and side of the 4×4. And I attached the top board to both end 4×4′s first. Then added the second board. I clamped the two boards together to make sure they were tight before I attached the second one… don’t want any soil seepage!

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As you can see, I thought 2 screws per board were plenty on the long sides.

Then I attached another 4×4 in the middle of the 8′ sides for support… I waffled on this for bit, but I really wanted these to be solid structurally and the extra post definitely made a difference.

After both long sides we done. I stood them on end (upside-down) and attached the top short board flush with the top of the 4×4

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In this case it was two screws securing the short board into the 4×4, and for good measure, one into the end long 2×6.

I put the top short board on both ends before going back and adding the second short board… just in case things didn’t line up right.

Here it is upside down:
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Even though cedar is a light wood… 48′ of it attached together, not easy to move. Which bodes well for the durability of my garden, not so much for my back.

Step 3: Diggin’

After worrying over the placement for a while a little orange spray paint helps mark where the holes should be dug.

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The holes were about 12″ deep… and I suggest digging them even larger around because filling them back in with the posts in there was a pain.

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All it needs is fillin’ and vegetable plants!
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I expect to build 3 more of these in the next couple of months… and two more next year. It’s gonna be quite a vegetable garden when I’m done.

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    Comments

  • Alicia


    These are just beautiful. Very well done!
    We made some shabby (free!) beds from reclaimed railroad ties!

  • John


    wish I could send you some green Douglas Fir ~ 33 cents a linear foot here in Oregon for 2*6 – makes great garden beds. Not as long lasting as cedar but still has a good smell once cut (someone needs to put “fresh cut wood” smell into cologne).
    What are you planting this year?

  • Patrick Amato


    Alicia – ditch the railroad ties – they are treated with heavy metals that leach into the soil (and then plants). Bad stuff in there – take em out!

  • Denise


    Do you line the bottom of the beds ? It doesn’t appear so, but I would like to know for sure.

    Thank you,
    Denise

    • kitliz


      Nope, didn’t line the bottom!

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    Thanks for the information… appreciated… been reading for awhile, and just want to inform you I always enjoy your writing.

  • franky


    this is such a lovely idea! it will definitely work with our post about how to plan and plant your own herb garden! let us know what you think!

    http://www.eieihome.com/blog/how-to-plan-and-plant-your-own-herb-garden.html

    Enjoy!

  • Julian Cassell


    Great to see cedar being used in a raised bed. Okay, so you’ve spent a bit more than need be, but it’s safe, smells lovely and will probably outlast all the ‘treated’ options out there. Good value for money in my opinion!

  • Su


    Go to store and buy Preem to help control the weeds….if dandelions, eat them, they are good for your liver….lol

  • Rob


    for beds of that height, using 2x lumber is overkill. use 1x if available, or heck, use cedar fence pickets. along with that, use a 2×4 for the posts instead of a 4×4. I’m all for overengineering, but with the cost of cedar being what it is, less is more.

    All that notwithstanding, they look great!

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