Homemade Raised Vegetable Bed

Homemade Raised Vegetable Bed

Use Carpenter Amy Devers’ instructions to create a raised vegetable garden box.

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Create a raised freestanding vegetable box planter for growing vegetables in a grass-less backyard.

(2) 2”x12”x74” Pine lumber
(2) 2”x12”x15” Pine lumber
(3) 2”x4”x15” Pine lumber
71”x15” Plywood
2”x2”x4” Scrap lumber
(4) Wooden chair legs
Roll of window screen mesh
Staple gun with staples
Handsaw (or circular saw)
Drill with 1/8-inch Countersink bit
5/8-inch Spade bit
Small box 3-inch wood screws
Safety goggles
Paint and primer in one - exterior semi-gloss – color of your choice
Large decorator’s paintbrush
Potting soil to fill the vegetable bed
Assortment of vegetable plants appropriate for your climate


Preparing the plywood:

  1. To prepare the bottom of the vegetable bed, measure a 2-inch square in each corner of the plywood and mark with a pencil. Put on safety goggles and use a handsaw (or circular saw) to cut out the four corner squares. These cutout squares will allow for the table legs to be fitted in later steps

  1. Rest the plywood on top of three spaced out 2”x4”x15” pieces of lumber to raise it off of the worktable. Use a drill with a 5/8-inch spade bit to drill about 20 holes randomly over the plywood. These will be the drainage holes for the vegetable bed. Put the plywood to one side

Assembling the sides:

  1. Assemble the sides of the vegetable bed by making a rectangle with the 2”x12”x74” pinewood and the 2”x12”x15” pinewood. The long pieces will be on the outside of the small pieces. Use a drill with a 1/8-inch countersink bit to make three pilot holes down the edge of one long piece of pinewood and into the end of the small piece. Secure the pieces of pinewood together with 3-inch wood screws through the pilot holes

  1. Repeat Step 3 for all four corners of the frame

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  1. Position three pieces of 2”x4”x15” lumber Inside the frame, one in the center and one about 6 inches in from each end. The measurements don’t need to be exact. These pieces are to support the plywood in later steps and won’t be seen. Using the 1/8-inch countersink bit, drill two pilot holes through the side of the frame and into the ends of the lumber pieces. Secure in place with 3-inch wood screws through the pilot holes

Adding the legs:

  1. Turn the frame upside down and temporarily place the 2”x2”x4” scrap lumber flush with one inside corner. Rest a wooden leg on top of the scrap lumber. Use a drill with a 1/8-inch countersink bit to make two pilot holes in each side of the frame and into the leg. Secure in place with 3-inch wood screws through the pilot holes. The scrap lumber can now be removed

  1. Repeat Step 6 for securing each leg to the frame, then stand the frame upright for the next step

Adding the mesh:

  1. Take the plywood with the holes from Step 2 and roll a piece of window screen mesh over it with at least 6 inches of excess on all sides. Trim the mesh to size with scissors, and flatten the mesh over the plywood. Secure in place to with staples around the edges of the plywood, spaced every 6 – 8 inches
  2. Lower the plywood into the bottom of the frame with the mesh facing upwards. Use a staple gun to staple the excess mesh to the sides of the frame, spacing the staples every 6 – 8 inches
  3. Paint the vegetable bed the color of your choice and allow paint to dry. Apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry before moving on to the next step
  4. Fill the vegetable bed with potting soil and then fill with vegetables suitable to your climate. Consult your local gardening store for options

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