Build a Simple Raised Bed Garden

Building a raised bed for your garden is fairly simple, no matter what kind of yard you’re working with. And the best news: you can grab everything you need at your local Home Depot.

The raised bed we are building is 3’ x 6’ and 18” deep. You can use a variety of different materials to build a raised bed. If using wood, we recommend all-natural and untreated wood.

Before getting started, make sure you have everything you need. Watch the video for a tutorial, review the supply list and follow the step-by-step instructions!

The Steps


First, grab your pre-cut posts. Start by digging and placing one 4”x4” post about 6 inches down and tightly pack dirt around it.

Woman packing down soil after inserting wooden post


Next, place a 6’ long 1”x6” board beside the post to measure the distance to where to place the second post.

A woman lining up a wooden board horizontally alongside a vertical wooden post


Then, do the same with the 3-foot boards.

A woman smoothing out dirt inside of a partially built wooden raised planter


Now, grab your screwdriver. Place two screws per board. Each side should be three boards high.

A woman attaching a horizontal wooden plank on to a vertical wooden post using a power drill


Now that all your boards are screwed in and your sides are secure, line the bottom with organic landscaping fabric.

A woman rolling organic landscaping fabric over a newly built raised wooden planter


Lastly, fill the bed with NearSource Organics Raised Bed & Container Mix. Leave about 3-4” at the top of the raised bed.

A woman filling a newly created raised wooden planter bed with top soil

Now your raised bed is ready for planting!

A newly created raised wooden planter bed filled with potting soil and flowers


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  • 1 – 8’ long 4” x 4” post
  • Cut into four 2’ lengths
  • 5 – 12’ long 1” x 6” boards
  • Cut into six 6’ long lengths and four 3’ lengths
  • 50 two-inch wood screws
  • About 18 Bags of NearSource Organics
  • Raised Bed & Container Mix
  • Natural landscaping fabric
  • Power drill
  • Shovel

Note: If you plan to cut your own wood, wear safety glasses. But before measuring and cutting, did you know Home Depot will cut your wood for you? It’s fast, easy, and guaranteed to be done right.

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