DIY Raised Bed Gardens

DIY Raised Bed Gardens

The desire to do our own diy around the house at home is something that all homeowners, both male and female aspire to on a regular basis. So the thought of building our own raised garden beds often enters the equation with most gardeners and this concept is very easily achieved, with a small bit of planning, some materials, a few diy tools like a saw and a hammer, we are good to go. Afterall, a raised bed is a simple frame or box with four sides and placed on the ground, its then filled with soil and compost and thats it.  There are hundreds of variations of raised beds and there are lots of different shapes, sizes, colours and are made from all types of different materials, with that in mind its fair to say, its  an easy task to construct one of these ourselves.

There are a few issues to take into consideration, before attempting to construct a diy raised bed and these are just a few thoughts on;

  • Location,
  • What size and depth,
  • What materials to use,
  • How many beds,
  • What we want to grow.
  • Budget,

A good idea is to plan ahead before we start, draw out a rough idea on a piece of paper, agree on the size and of course decide what materials we would like to use. The majority of people use timber as its easy to work with, its light and also very durable, so its gives us great room for manoverability. Old  discarded scaffolding planks, pallets, timber set aside from a roofing project or off cuts from a lumber yard will easily suit for this project. As soon as we have all of those isssues and concerns seen to, its time to get building and make this  a great diy project, that we can be proud of and one that we can always show-off to our neighbours or friends. A quick browse through the internet for ideas and pointers will result in thousands of plans and sketches, which may give us inspiration on how we would like our own diy raised garden bed to look.





Simple and functional;


The whole concept of diy raised beds is to assemble a structure that will function as an area where we can grow our vegetables or plants, to be as simple as possible to construct and finally not to cost the earth in money terms. How aesthetically pleasing it looks is not the primary purpose of our exercise, but something that we can be proud of and say to ourselves, we built this from scratch and we did’nt ever think that we could construct something as good as this ever. We will definitely hone our skills eventually by getting involved in an exercise of this nature and we could mildly surprise ourselves and our neighbours or friends by telling them about our newest ideas out in the garden. We don’t need to be a carpenter or tradesperson to accomplish an undertaking of this magnitude as again, we just need to tell ourselves its just a square planting box in the garden and we are going to grow some vegetables in later on.




DIY cost of a raised bed;


We can accomplish this project for approx $30 – $50 easily, and maybe for a lot less if we have been clever about sourcing our materials. Like we mentioned above, the materials ( timber ) is the largest portion of our budget and this cost can be easily affrayed by looking around in different areas for all types or lengths of wood , say in building sites, lumber stores or junk yards and in some places the owners would only be too glad to give it away at a bargain or in some cases, maybe give it away for free.


Learn from our diy experiences:


Lets assume that this is our first attempt at building a raised bed frame and we are happy with the result, then it would be a good idea to take stock of what we actually achieved, how with a little bit of creativity, ingenuity and a bit of get up and go, we were able to accomplish a fully functional raised bed garden. If we have any thoughts on constructing another raised bed, we will have learned a great deal from our initial experience and we can always expand on our first attempt. We can make it wider, deeper, longer or any shape size or dimension that we want, as long as we plan and think ahead about what we need for our gardening requirements.

Plant-up and enjoy;


After construction is complete, its a case of fill up with topsoil, farmyard manure and or compost and begin planting. Some people remove the grass sod ( approx 3-6 inches deep ) then dig the surface within the raised bed frame, so that the existing soil and the new infilled soil will integrate properly and this makes it easier for deep rooted plants or vegetables to grow downwards as nature inrtended. The work of planting, sowing and harvesting of our vegetables is another days work and again like the diy experience of building the raised bed frame, we will with experience and plenty practice, become accomplished gardeners as well. It takes time and we will learn as we go along, some mistakes may possibly be made, but more importantly some valuable lessons will alsobe learned along the way. The key is to take action, make a start and get outside. With plenty of enthusiasm and a positive attitude and approach, these tasks can be achieved easily. Once again I hope that you enjoyed this simple post on a diy approach to gardening with raised beds and if so please leave any comments in the box below. We will endeavour to answer any queries as soon as possible.

Thanking you and happy gardening

Cheers…..Phil Browne.


” If you wish to make anything grow,

you must understand it,

and understand it in a very real sense.

‘Green fingers’ are a fact,

and a mystery only to the unpracticed.

But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart. ”

— Russell Page.



6 thoughts on “DIY Raised Bed Gardens

  1. Being in the landscaping business for 20 years I know about planning a garden and how important it is if the plants are going to thrive. Raised beds are such a great option if you don’t have a lot of garden space or poor soil in your yard. Thank you for the blueprint of such a great idea.

    1. Hi there Jeanie

      Mnay thanks for stopping by. I agree with you 100%, the raised bed system definitely makes life easier for sure. Just as you mentioned about poor soil and bad terrain, that’s when they come in to their own. We can improve the soil mix a, by adding compost, fertilizer and mulch etc etc, that will make a great improvement and that is why they are so important nowadays.

      Thanks again for dropping by

      Cheers and best wishes

      Phil Browne

  2. Hi Phil, nice to read your sharing about the diy raised bed.The size of the raised bed will be determined by how much empty space that you have surrounding the house. For one of my friend who like planting vegetables, she has limited area surrounding her house for planting. But she manage to discuss with her neighbor to obtain a greater area to pursuit her interest. She use timber as the material and she even turn the whole gardening area as a small visitor site. The decor and the smile on her face has show how much she love in gardening

    1. Hi there tan

      Many thanks for dropping by, very much appreciated.

      Thanks for the great story about your friend and I can read that she is a very happy gardener, especially when she started using the raised bed system. They do make life easier and they can also improve the appearance of one house as well

      Thanks agin for stopping by

      Cheers……Phil Browne

  3. I loved this. I have a small raised bed in my yard for tomatoes. Your descriptions of materials and how to minimize costs was very good. You have provided so much helpful information that will allow a complete novice to get a very good start at raised gardens.

    I have a lot of trouble with blight on my tomatoes. Am I possibly doing something wrong with my raised bed or are there other reasons for that?

    1. Hi there,

      Mnay thanks for stopping by, very much appreciated.

      I agree with you totally, raised beds make life very easy for all gardeners and they are so easy to assemble and create. It don’t cost the earth to get started and make our own with what materials we have to hand.

      The problem with blight can be from a number of issues….it could be a fungus and you may need to get an organic spray for this at your local gardening centre. The problem could also be from the soil… sometimes if we dont change or replenish last years can cause problems, so it may have stemmed from this source or it could be from the climate, ie, if we have persistent wet or damp periods, this can also cause the toms to get blighted…

      Here’s hoping that this information is useful to you and your gardening issues,

      Cheers..Phil Browne

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