Easy and inexpensive DIY cedar rasied garden beds with free plans by Ana-White.com! Uses cedar fence pickets to keep costs low and basic tools. Beginner friendly.
This plan is for a 6 foot long by 1-1/2 foot wide garden bed, suitable for a single row of plants. You can find the double width plans here.
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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.