Cedar raised beds make gardening easier, more accessible, and more efficient. But a cedar raised bed can cost hundreds of dollars. With this plan, we use cedar fence pickets to build them for about $10 each!
These cedar garden beds have lasted over ten years - we still use them every summer.
6 Cedar Fence Pickets
1x2 Cedar boards for corners (if you don't have a tablesaw)
Garden stakes or concrete stakes (we used a couple of stakes on each bed just to keep the bottoms in place)
4 – 1×6 Fence Pickets @ 72″ (Side Panels, you can trim the dog ear off and work with a 71″ Fence post)
8 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 11″ (Corner Posts)
4 – 1×6 Fence Pickets @ 17 3/4″ (End Panels)
Optional Top Trim - CUT TO FIT
2 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 72″ (Top Trim, I used the non-dogeared ones from the center of the cuts)
2 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 19″ (Top Trim, Ends)
Considerations for Size Modifications
If you alter the dimensions of the cedar beds, work with your materials to make sure you have the least waste (and more cedar beds!) For example, make your end panels a fence picket cut in half for a 6 foot by 3 foot garden bed.
Optional: Rip your Corner Posts
I’ve done the math, and by ripping one fence post into 4 – 1 1/4″ wide strips, you are saving quite a bit of money (well, that is, if you intend to build a garden full of planters). So set your tablesaw to 1 1/4″ and rip one of the fence posts to 1 1/4″ wide, as shown above.
Or Use 1x2 Cedar Boards
If you don’t have a table saw, you can use 1×2 cedar boards.
Use your 1″ screws and glue to put together your side panels as shown above. The post will overextend the sides by 5/8″ as shown above.
I also used my Kreg Jig™ to join the boards together in the center (optional) or you can use a 1x2 in the center.
Build your end panels exactly like your side panels.
Assembling the Panels
The panels should fit together like a puzzle. Fasten with 2″ screws and glue. Check for square.
OPTIONAL: Measure and cut your top trim to fit. Attach to the top.