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How to Build a Raised Veggie Garden in a Weekend

Those that know me know I’m a black thumb when it comes to plants, but ever since reviewing Growums, I’ve transformed into this magical Mother Earth warrior woman! I’m growing veggies! I’m not killing them (so far!), so now that they are too big to grow in a pie tin inside, I needed somewhere to put them. Our soil is clay and hardly anything will grow in it, so I was on the hunt for something above ground. I found a few containers but they were too small to hold our carrots and such. Next stop, raised beds.

I searched high and low to find a pre-made one with no luck. After awhile google laughed at me and said, “Dummy, you can make one yourself on the cheap.” Okay Sir Google. What do you got?! has an amazing tutorial, so I printed out my list of supplies and off to Lowe’s I went.

I wanted to do this all myself, but realizing I haven’t actually ever built anything that didn’t come in a box with cartoon characters printed on it, I thought I needed to enlist the help of the husband and my step-dad. They, not so willingly, agreed. I roped a couple of guys at Lowe’s to help go through my supply list and we loaded up the car and headed home.

The tutorial on Sunset walks you through the steps pretty well, so I won’t reinvent the wheel, but I will show you pictures from my venture.

ETA: I only spent $200 to build this. $75 for the wood/hardware, $75 for the soil and $50 for netting/mesh/plants, etc.

Here I am building!
raised garden bed veggie DIY

The bed is built!
raised vegetable garden bed

Now it’s in place and we put mesh on the bottom to keep out the varmits and rocks for drainage.
raised vegetable garden bed

All full! Doesn’t it look pretty?
raised vegetable garden bed

Close up of our veggies!
raised vegetable garden bed

The hubs even installed a drip line so I don’t kill the veggies when I forget to water them.
raised vegetable garden bed

Bird/Rabbit/Fox/Muskrat netting.
raised vegetable garden bed

In our garden we have:
Tomato Peppers
Bok Choy
Romaine Lettuce
Some other kind of Lettuce

Do you have a veggie garden growing? If so, what did you plant? I need ideas of what to add as we have room for a few more plants. 🙂




  • Katrina

    That looks awesome! I hope I can do a raised bed next year. This year I planted zuchini, cucumbers, green onions, Roma Tomatoes, Beef Steak tomatoes, strawberries, two kinds of lettuce, and jalepenos. I also bought a raspberry bush, and blueberry bush I planted in the front. This is my first year so I am hoping we get some homegrown veggies. 🙂

  • Shannon

    Love it! We started raised-bed gardening last season and it has been such a great experience for our whole family. Such a great project!

  • Connie Weiss

    That looks amazing!! I’m so jealous! I miss my gardening days.

  • Jenny - Sugar Loco

    Looks wonderful! A garden is my goal for next summer.

  • Pepper Lowell

    Here’s my raised bed pictorial…I did this a few summers ago and it was the best idea ever!

  • Nina

    I started a growums thing after reading your initial review of the growums. I was thinking that it would be a ‘for dummies’ thing since it was meant for kids.
    I have never had a garden or anything before and I have now enlisted my neighbor to direct me in what to do and how to care for it.
    The directions are arriving in my email ‘after the fact’ with the presumption that someone, i.e. a parent, already knows what to do.
    EPIC FAIL on ‘growums’ side because me, as the parent, has no clue what to do.

    (wrote to growums and they did acknowledge that a parent or supervisor would have to have some growing knowledge to follow the program.

  • Evelyn

    Here’s a link that tells you what to plant depending on the zone you live in.

  • dog steps

    We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to paintings on. You’ve performed an impressive task and our entire community will likely be grateful to you.

  • misty

    i put in raised boxes, you can do it way cheep if you use the wood from used pallets to make your boxes! i bought some boxes that were pre-made from pallets for $5 apiece (i did not have time to build them ) i got 20 boxes for $100 ! you could find free pallet and build them for the cost of the screws to hold them together! i paid $100 for a compost /topsoil mix from Colorado Soils delivered and had plenty left over for bucket gardens and containers! i have brandywine tomatoes , mortgage lifter (heirloom tomato) peas, green beens , purple beens, pumpkin,butternut squash, cuccumbers,bell pepers,carrots ,lettuce, beets, herbs,onions,corn,watermellon,cantalope, already planted and will be planting potatoes,eggplant, yellow pear tomatoes , cherry and roma tomatoes,hot pepper and acorn squash tomorrow.

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