DIY Raised Garden Bed

Sharing a full how-to for making your own raised garden bed at home + stay tuned for a printable PDF how-to.

Hi friends! Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope it’s off to a great start. I’m beginning the cooking festivities this evening and am oddly looking forward to it. My nana gave me her chocolate pie recipe (the only thing the Pilot really wants for Thanksgiving) and I can’t wait to make it. It probably won’t be the same but should still be pretty dang delicious.

DIY Raised Garden Bed

For today’s post, I wanted to share the new garden the Pilot built! We used to have two orange trees on the side of our yard, but had them removed. They were filled with horrible stickers and produced sour oranges that no one ate. (Except for that one time Liv and our cousin Sara made orange juice for me.. and I had to drink it lol. I pretty much did a crazy sour-faced dance around the backyard before spitting it out.) Anyway, that part of the yard has been bare and we had big dreams to put something in its spot.

We also had irrigation from the trees, so I thought it would be cool to put a raised garden bed to complement our flat lettuce patch. I was browsing options online, and was getting ready to click, “Add to cart,” when the Pilot walked by and said, “What are you doing? I can totally make that.”

Wait, what???

So, the Pilot is insanely smart – I mean, he flies multiple aircraft NBD – but I had no clue he was handy like this, too. (He did build the famous bird condo, so I should have known.) I was pretty surprised when I saw him on the porch with slabs of wood and a circular saw, doing his thing. It was like my Chip and Jojo dream come true hahaha.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

Before I knew it, we had a giant garden bed, complete with a mesh screen on two sides (we’re waiting until summer and the scorching hot sun is beating down to fully cover it), water protection, and attached to irrigation!

Isn’t it a beaut???

A bed this size would have easily been $300-400 online. He got the supplies at Lowe’s for $150. (The soil was another story. We ended up needing 30 cubic feet!)

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

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Raised Garden Bed Free Printable Plan

I asked him if he’d put together a tutorial in case anyone wants to replicate this at home! He’s currently creating a printable PDF instruction guide that will be ready later this week. I’ll add the link here and shout it out when it’s finished! <– he’s making sure it’s absolutely perfect for ya and easy to follow. I totally get that for many cities it’s a little too late to plant, but it’s been perfect weather in Tucson.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

We have onions, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, banana pepper, and tomatoes on the way! Also, in our little lettuce patch we have a ton of Swiss chard, plus kale, arugula, spinach, and romaine growing like crazy. The guinea pigs might be the most stoked out of anyone in the family.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

Do you have a home garden? Any tips or anything you’ve found useful?



More changes we’ve made around the house:

Our master bedroom upgrade

Updating our formal living room

We painted our kitchen cabinets

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  1. Allison on November 23, 2020 at 10:46 am

    I can’t wait until his instructions come out!! I have been asking my husband to build a raised bed……but my method of “get some wood and figure it out” isn’t quite his style, lol.

  2. Molly on November 23, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Yes! I love this and thanks in advance to the Pilot! I’ve already planned on doing garden themed Easter baskets for the kids and my hubby said he’d build this so we can plant a garden!

    • Jenny James on November 30, 2020 at 10:33 am

      I make soil using the square foot gardening method. A third each of peat, vermiculite, and compost. I want to build 2 beds 3×4 feet each. One I will line with pond liner to make it sub irrigated. It’s all an experiment when you are gardening. I need the beds deeper cause I am not getting younger. Can’t wait to see the plans.

  3. Melissa Caulfield on November 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    We’ve always had a garden!! The greatest thing my hubby did was – use compost to mix in the soil once a year! He made a compost drum ( out of a huge plastic gallon drum ( not sure how many gallons) it was big- The garden flourished! Also rotating your plants every year is a great thing to do! For example don’t plant the tomatoes in the same place every year..maybe plant them where you had the cauliflower and swap spots☺️Great Job to you guys! It looks great!

  4. Melissa Caulfield on November 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Forgot to clarify about what to put in the conpost- All coffee grounds, veggie peelings- even toilet paper cardboard rolls & paper towel cardboard roll….a good mixture of wet & dry things but never any cooked food- only old raw fruit or veggies or peelings-. I’m not an expert – just sharing what we do!❤️☺️

  5. Pamela Talley on November 24, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous! Since it’s currently blizzarding in Denver this is a funny post to me, but we enjoy parsley, sage, kale, and green onions from our raised beds virtually all year so anything is possible!

    Be careful with romaine! It’s an invasive species and comes back the following year. We had romaine running out of the beds and into the surrounding yard the year after we planted, and it wasn’t even tasty, it was super bitter. Just stay on top of it!

    My favorite thing to grow are peppers (all of the spicy ones!) and eggplants, mmm.

  6. L on November 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Hi! Just sharing a little tip, because we too have spent a LOT of money in the past buying soil to fill up these big garden beds. We’ve been using the “lasagna bed” method for a couple of years and it fills up the bed nicely, and it enriches the soil you do put over it! It’s great in drier regions because it helps with water management. It’s kinda like a giant compost heap under your soil, but there’s a few rules to follow… google it, it’s been working out great for us!

  7. Jen on December 1, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I hope you didn’t use chemically treated wood or a non organic stain for your bed. Using redwood or cedar, the bed should last 20 years without any treatment.

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