Build Your Own DIY Raised Garden Bed: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking to take your gardening game to the next level, then a DIY raised garden bed might be the perfect project for you.

In this article, we will discuss how to build your very own DIY raised garden bed, from the materials you’ll need to the exact step-by-step process. At Lyngso, we understand that building a raised garden bed from scratch can intimidate beginners and even seasoned gardeners.

That’s why our team has put together a simple and easy-to-follow DIY guide that will help you make a raised garden bed that will flourish.

Our Favorite Way to Build an Inexpensive Raised Bed

When it comes to creating an inexpensive raised garden bed, there are several different materials that you can use. Before we guide you through the pros and cons of each option, it’s important to note that the best choice for you will depend on your preferences, budget, and the materials you have available.

Some of the most common raised bed materials include:

1. Wood

Wood is one of the most popular materials for building a raised garden bed. Cedar, redwood, and fir are all excellent options. Although wood is easy to work with, it is also susceptible to rot. Moreover, sawing and nailing planks at home requires more than a passing familiarity with woodwork tools to do so safely. When possible, opt to use reclaimed or salvaged wood. However, make sure the wood is not treated with any chemical if you are planning to grow edible crops. Avoid using wooden railroads ties, which are often treated with arsenic.

DIY raised wood garden bed - Lyngso

2. Concrete Blocks

Another common option is using concrete blocks. Concrete blocks are affordable and usually readily available. Moreover, they are easy to stack to create a raised garden bed. However, they are less visually appealing than other materials and can also be heavy to move around. Whenever possible opt for used concrete blocks.

DIY raised concrete garden bed - Lyngso

3. Bricks

Bricks are another choice for making a raised garden bed. They are durable and can give your garden bed a more traditional look. They are also relatively easy to stack. The downside is that they are more expensive, may require mortaring after a certain height, and therefore may require more skill than other materials.

DIY raised brick garden bed - Lyngso

4. Natural Stone

Natural stone is a fantastic option for making a durable and well-draining raised garden bed. Natural stone lasts for centuries and can be dry stacked without any mortar. Moreover, depending on your chosen stone, it can add a rustic accent to your garden. However, natural stone is heavier and requires some technical skills to build. Consult a local stone mason or learn to DIY with local stone!

DIY raised natural stone garden bed - Lyngso

5. Recycled or Upcycled Materials

Lastly, you can use recycled and upcycled materials such as pallets or old tires to build a raised garden bed. This option is the most affordable and eco-friendly, allowing you to repurpose materials that might otherwise end up in a landfill. However, it may take some creativity to make these materials work. Also, they may not be as durable and long-lasting as the more traditional options.

DIY raised recycled material garden bed - Lyngso

Lyngso’s Recommendation:

Out of these options, our material of choice is natural stone. DIY raised garden beds made of natural stone are well-draining, long-lasting, and require very little maintenance. This combination of characteristics makes natural stone an excellent choice for any garden or backyard. Moreover, natural stone’s aesthetic appeal is second to none.

How to Build a DIY Stone Raised Garden Bed Step By Step

Tools and Materials

To get started, you will need the following tools and materials: a shovel, rake, level, and the safety equipment of your choice.

Lyngso Garden - Shovel

Regarding natural stone, some of the most popular choices in California include granite, quartzite, sandstone, and argillite.

Step 1: Choose the Location and Prepare the Site

Pick a flat, well-draining location with plenty of sunlight. Then measure the length and width of the desired garden bed and mark the boundaries. Clear the area using the shovel and rake, and ensure it’s level before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2: Lay the First Layer of Stones

Lay the largest stones on the ground first to form the boundaries of your raised garden bed, leaving a few inches of space between them. Use a level to ensure the stones are even before adding additional layers in step 3.

Step 3: Add Additional Layers of Stone

Add additional layers by alternating smaller and larger stones as you work your way up. Remember to use a level to ensure every layer is even, even if the foundation and base layers are already level. Continue adding layers of natural stone until the garden bed reaches the desired height.

Step 4: Fill the Garden Bed With Soil and Compost

Fill the raised garden bed with good organic soil leaving a few inches of space at the top. Once the garden bed is filled, plan out your irrigations and you can plant your desired plants or seeds. Make sure to mulch on top to protect your soil. Add organic compost and/or organic fertilizers as needed on an annual basis.

Final Thoughts

With a variety of tools, soil, and composts available by Lyngso, you can create the perfect DIY raised garden bed for your outdoor space. Remember that you can visit our outdoor Display Garden and landscaping yard in San Carlos for more ideas, and contact us today to learn about delivery options for your SF Bay area home.