How to Build a Raised Garden Bed in 5 Minutes

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You can make an easy raised bed for gardening, in just a few minutes, and minimal effort.

Today I shared a vlog in which I answered a few questions I have had about my tea drinking. Then I showed how to build a raised garden bed in 5 minutes or less.

You can watch the episode below, or simply scroll down to a text version of the raised bed instructions.

Today I answered a few questions I have had about my tea drinking, and then I showed how to build a raised garden bed in 5 minutes or less.

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Watch today’s episode here:

Items used to make the raised garden bed:

  • Oldcastle Blocks (8)
  • 2″x 10″ x 8′ boards (3) – one of them cut in half (Note: Ideally you should use 2″ x 12″ boards, then the top of the bed would be flush with the top top of the blocks. At the time I made my bed, our local lumber stores were sold out of them, so I used the 2″ x 10″ boards.)
  • 18″ – 2′ rebar (4)
  • hammer or mallet
  • landscaping cloth/weed barrier with staples

How to Make the Raised Garden Bed:

Mow the grass down as short as possible in the spot where you are placing the raised bed. The location should be level.

mowing raised bed area

Lay down weed barrier/landscaping fabric and pin it in place with landscaping staples. This is optional, but I find it easier to hold the fabric in place while I put together the bed.

spreading out weed barrier

Here’s a good look at the handy blocks that make this bed possible.

"castle" blocks

Place the blocks at the corners, and slide the boards in.

laying out the bed

If you wanted to make a lower bed, you could use just one block on each corner, and use 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards.

placing blocks on corners of bed

Slide a rebar piece into the hole and tap it into place with a hammer or mallet. The rods stabilize the corners.

You can trim any excess weed barrier fabric from the outside of the bed.

Fill the raised bed with soil and plant all of the wonderful things you would like!

This garden bed can be made in all sorts of shapes and sizes, by using multiple blocks or varying board lengths. You could potentially even make a maze of a garden bed if you wanted to!

How Much Soil does it Hold?

The bed that I made in the video, holds approximately 26 cubic feet of soil. Getting bulk soil would be the most economical way to fill it, but bagged soil like I used this time, will work as well.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed in 5 Minutes! | An easy gardening project from Cosmopolitan Cornbread.

1 thought on “How to Build a Raised Garden Bed in 5 Minutes”

  1. What type of boards do you use? I heard you say that the pine did not hold up well, so are you using treated boards?

    Just found your channel and bingeing while we are have our third winter event in a week! I love your spirit, your farm, and your faith!



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