DIY Raised Garden Boxes

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It is no secret that the clay soil in this valley makes gardening a chore. I know that is why I am seeing more and more garden boxes and raised beds at the homes of my clients.

When my wife and I moved into our home, we decided to build some garden boxes for our backyard. We basically started from scratch with our yard, and it took a lot of hard work and patience to get it to where we wanted it. I built these garden boxes a few years ago and I must say, we still love them today.


  1. Boards of choice: I used 4 pieces of spruce pine that was 2 in. thick, 24 in. long, and 12 in. wide that were scraps left over from my 8 ft. vegetable boxes. Remember, you can use treated wood for flower boxes, but please leave your wood untreated for garden boxes. The vegetable boxes are 8′ x 2′ double stacked.
  2. (8) 3 in. Screws (about 24 if making vegetable boxes)
  3. Level (When building bigger boxes)


  1. Measure your area so you know how big to make your garden boxes.
  2. Cut the wood to length.
  3. Square up the corners.
  4. Line up the top and sides and insert your 3″ screws. You will want 2 screws per side. One placed at the top of the board, and a second placed at the bottom of the board.
  5. If you are building bigger boxes you will want to make sure you are using your level to insure that they are fairly level. Since they are gardening boxes, they don’t need to be perfect. Just try to get them as close to level as you can.

As you can see our backyard has really come together over the past couple of years. We got the landscaping done that we talked about in the video below and everything came together beautifully.

If you are tired of fighting the soil in the valley, then I recommend building some raised garden boxes. They can add a touch of flair to your landscaping and make growing vegetables and flowers so much easier.

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14 thoughts on “DIY Raised Garden Boxes”

  1. These are great! I’ve been telling my husband I want some raised beds for gardening. It’s the only way we can do it where we live. I have a new project for him! WOOT!

  2. Raised beds are such a great idea. Our dirt is different depending on the areas of our yard. This would make having flowers and a small vegetable garden very easy.

  3. We have raised garden bed here too. I love to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peas in ours!

  4. I would love to build some raised garden boxes in my yard. I would plant more of our vegetable garden. I love growing our own food.

  5. I’ve always thought these were nice. I’ve been wanting to make some of them as well. Glad to know a bit more on how to do them!

  6. These are great! Makes it possible for so many people to have their own garden spots.

  7. You are one of the best handyman that I’ve seen. What you’ve done here is pretty innovative. I love your work man.

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