Raised garden bed

Last summer, I got my first taste of vegetable gardening when I grew two tomato plants in large containers. I wasn’t sure if they would actually grow in a confined space, but they did very well and I had so many tomatoes.

This year I decided to get serious. I’m feeling much more settled with the renovations of my house and felt it was time to do a major project in the yard. Daryle and I built a raised garden bed after I read about an easy way to DIY on Sunset magazine’s website.

raised garden bed
We bought 10x2s at Home Depot and stacked two on top of one another to have the height of the raised garden bed nearly two feet tall.
raised garden bed
Then used a water-based stain to protect the wood from rotting. We thought the barnyard red was fun. We dug holes in the ground to fit the posts and secure the bed in place.
raised garden bed
Next we lined the bottom of the bed with mesh wire to prevent critters from burrowing and laid landscaper fabric down to prevent weeds from growing through.

raised garden bed

We had a soil delivery from a local farm.

raised garden bed

Time to plant!

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  • i love your raised garden and am totally copying it! i started gardening in my mom’s backyard and would love to grow veggies. but i have dogs and wasn’t sure how to keep the plants safe. can’t wait to see things grow!

  • June 11, 2009 at 1:24 am //

    Love, love, love your blog! I especially loved this post with the step by step on the raised bed. I’ve learned so much, i had no idea pumpkins needed so much space.

  • June 11, 2009 at 3:04 am //

    I literally used the Sunset magazine directions step-by-step. The only thing I altered was the size. I think it’s a good system. It’s just a Home Depot trip away. :)

  • June 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm //

    This raised bed planter is just what I want for my garden. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Now, I can “make” Tim build it for me.
    It was great seeing you at Maire & Steve’s house….that was a great surprise!
    Love your Website.