How to Build a Planter Bed

"Planter beds might look complex, but they’re an easy weekend project that can improve the look of your yard and provide good drainage for your plants. Not to mention, there is nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own garden."

Kirsten Dunn

When you're making a planter bed for vegetables, you want a depth of at least 12" because the bulbs need room. FYI: carrots need a little more depth, so keep that in mind if you're planting them.
The cheapest, most durable wood is treated lumber, but if you're planting vegetables we strongly recommend using cedar. There are toxins in treated wood, namely copper, that can possibly leach into the soil. This isn't supposed to happen, but it isn't 100% reliable, so we opted for (and suggest) all cedar planks. Juniper is another good option and holds up well under rainy weather, but because cedar is a little cheaper and measurements are more exact, we went with that. Because it varies a little in width and length, if you go with juniper we recommend that you ask to be able to pick it out yourself so that you can make sure you get exactly what you want.

Step One

Mise en place. That's a fancy French kitchen phrase for "everything in its place." Make it easy for yourself by keeping all your tools and materials handy. diy planter bed

Step Two

Allow the countersink bit to change your life. Measure and mark where to drill the pilot holes on each plank, and then countersink your little heart out! planter bed measuring drilling diy planter bed

Step Three

Now it's time to grab your drill and set the first side, attach ends with large screws. Attach ends on second side with large screws. drill planter bed

Step Four

Square and level first side. Drive stakes in corners. Attach stakes to boards with small screws. Rinse, lather, repeat. Do this with the second side. square diy planter bed

Step Five

Drive more stakes all along the inside of the box, leaving about 4 inches of stake sticking above the board. Attach stakes to boards with small screws. diy planter bed stakes

Step Six

Attach upper layer of boards to themselves as you did on the bottom layer, then attach boards to stakes. Oh, and admire your handiwork! planter bed frame