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Elevated off-ground garden beds (with plans)

Elevated Off-Ground Garden Beds
Elevated Off-Ground Garden Beds

YC recently moved into a rental house, and we used the long weekend to build some elevated raised garden beds. These are built a little over a foot off the ground so that they won’t kill the grass – perfect for rental houses and apartments! These are very easy to build – took about 30-45 minutes each.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30-35 3″ screws
  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 8′ boards
  • 3: 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards

Cut list:

  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 4′ (garden bed sides)
  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 14.5″ (garden bed sides)
  • 4: 2″ x 4″ x 2′ (elevation posts)
  • 4: 2″ x 4″ x 4′ (bottom slats)


1. Start by attaching the 2″ x 10″ together as shown.

elevated garden 1

2. Attach the bottom slats, leaving (very) small gaps in between them for drainage. Use four screws per board (two per each side).

elevated garden 2

3. Flip it on it’s side, and attach posts to long side. Flip it over and attach posts to the other side.

elevated garden 4

Fill it up with dirt and compost and plants! You’ll need to add some worms and other organisms since you’re creating a somewhat closed system with these.

You can read the update to this garden here.

14 thoughts on “Elevated off-ground garden beds (with plans)

  1. My 80+ yr old grandfather just made something similar, only a bit higher to eliminate stooping. He missed gardening, but couldn’t get up and down. Now he has a VERY raised bed and can enjoy digging his hands in the dirt.

  2. Love this!!! Just made one and excited to get planting!!! Thinking of making a few more. This will fit my tomato plants!!!

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