DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed

Learn how to build a DIY tiered raised garden bed using cedar fences and 2×4 with a step-by-step tutorial and printable build plans. Great for patios and decks to plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables.

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Last year, we started growing a few vegetables.

Well, actually my husband… not me… because black thumb…

Plus I really can’t deal with all the worms and bugs 🙂

We don’t have a lot of space in our backyard thanks to the pool so we used large pots left behind by the previous owner to grow a few things.

It was really successful! We got almost 100 each tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans!

Plus the kids had so much fun with it too!

DIY Tiered raised vegetable bed with legs and trellis in backyard with vegetable plants

I promised to build a planter that we could use this year and I delivered on my promise right on time!

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How to Build an Off-The-Ground Garden Bed

Due to the constraint of space, I decided to build an off-the-ground planter and decided to make it tiered so the back tier had a trellis to support the vines for tomatoes and cucumbers.

I built the frame out of 2x4s and then used cedar fences to make the box using braces from National Hardware.

Close up of corner of off the ground vegetable bed with legs

Since this planter will sit front and center in our backyard, it also looks pretty!

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Materials for DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed

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Plans for the Tiered Raised Vegetable Planter

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Grab a copy of printable plans to build this tiered raised vegetable planter by clicking the button below.

How to Build a Tiered Raised Planter Box With Legs

I built designed and built this planter to be  48″ wide and 53″ high with each tier being 7½” deep.  You can easily change all the dimensions to make this planter larger or smaller to fit your situation.

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Step 1 – Make Cuts and Prep

  • Follow the printable plans and make all your cuts.
  • Sand down the boards. I chose to only sand the sides that would be visible – so one side each of the outer cedar planks and the 2×2 legs.
  • Make pocket holes with  a Kreg Jig set to 1½”

Step 2 – Build Each of the Leg Frames

  • Attach a rail to the shortest legs and attache the supports using pocket hole screwsShort legs with 2x4 rails and supports attached.
  • Attach rails for the two tiers to the middle legmiddle legs with rails attached
  • Attach a rail between the longest leg followed by the supports.long leg with rails and supports attached.

Step 3 – Assemble Frame

assembled skeleton of the raised cedar planter with two tiers.

Assemble the entire frame by attaching the supports to the middle leg frame.

Step 4 – attach cedar planks

  • Attach cedar planks to the each other and to the 2×2 legs using the wide corner braces.Attaching the cedar planks using corner braces
  • Lay down cedar planks inside the planter boxes. I did not attach these because they were a pretty tight fit.

Step 5 – Attach Lattice Trellis

  • At the top of the planter, attach the 2×2 support using the corner plates.
  • Attach the lattice to the back of the 2×2 frame using a pin nailer or brad nailer.close up of top of lattice support

Step 5 – Final Steps

  • Optional – Cedar tends to grey over time in the sun. In order to maintain the color, I used a finishing oil.
  • Attach landscape fabric all around the insides using a staple gun
  • Fill with soil and plant your favorites – vegetables, herbs or flowers!DIY Tiered raised vegetable bed with legs and trellis in backyard with vegetable plants

We planted cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber in the top tier and basil, cilantro and chillies in the bottom tier.

We are all very excited around here and can’t wait for these tiny plants to grow!

Do you grow your own veggies? I would love tips and tricks to help care for them!

Also, follow me along on Instagram @anikasdiylife where I will be sharing how these plants are doing from time to time!

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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed

Yield: 1 Tiered Raised Garden Bed
Active Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $50

Learn how to build a DIY tiered raised garden bed using cedar fences and 2×4's. Great for patios and decks to plant flowers, herbs or vegetables.

Instructions

  1. Follow the printable plans and make all your cuts.
  2. Sand down the boards. I chose to only sand the sides that would be visible - so one side each of the outer cedar planks and the 2x2 legs.
  3. Make pocket holes with a Kreg Jig set to 1½"
  4. Attach a rail to the shortest legs and the supports using pocket hole screws
  5. Attach rails for the two tiers to the middle leg
  6. Attach a rail between the longest leg followed by the supports.
  7. Assemble the entire frame by attaching the supports to the middle leg frame.
  8. Attach cedar planks to the each other and to the 2x2 legs using the wide corner braces.
  9. At the top of the planter, attach the 2x2 support using the corner plates.
  10. Attach the lattice to the back of the 2x2 frame using a pin nailer or brad nailer.
  11. Optional - Cedar tends to grey over time in the sun. In order to maintain the color, I used a finishing oil.
  12. Attach landscape fabric all around the insides using a staple gun
  13. Fill with soil and plant your favorites - vegetables, herbs or flowers!

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15 Comments

  1. I’m not good at gardening and growing things but every year I can’t help but try. One thing that is going strong is our grapes, apple tree, and pear tree. Everything else dies on me. Thanks for sharing with us at #OMHGWW!

  2. Great looking project and tutorial! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

  3. We don’t have a lot of garden space either and raised gardening/pot gardening is something I do. I love your plans with the double beds. Pinned and featuring it on MM.

  4. What is it that you placed inside the planks to hold the soil??

    1. Hi Kat, it is landscape fabric. You can find it in any garden center.

  5. Love this plan! Thanks for sharing. Only thing is if you could mention that the 2×2’s needed are actual 2 inch by 2 inch. For future builders. When you go to buy at the store what they call a 2×2 is actually only 1 1/2 by 1 1/2. So I had to make some adjustments.

    1. Hi Shari,

      I am so happy you liked the project. Yes, the 2x2s are the nominal size and they are actually 1 1/2 x 1 1/2. But the stores sell and list them as 2×2. All the measurements in the building plans reflect that and should not be an issue at all.
      Please let me know where I mention that they are actually 2 inch x 2 inch so I can fix that.
      Thanks!
      Anika

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