My DIY Raised Garden

by Alicia on March 6, 2011

Around the house I’m in the middle of about 1,000 projects. The dining table has no chairs, the bedroom chalkboard wall has no chalk and my wall of frames is still a pile of frames. Outside we’re working to turn our courtyard into a small garden and nice place to sit. Since we’re renting I don’t want to invest too much in it, but I want it to be nice while we’re here. When we moved in the 11 x 18 area was 30% dirt, 30% weeds, 30% rock and 10% mismatched pavers. Now it’s still all of those things… but with a garden bed on one side!

After 7 trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot we built the raised bed out of cedar and filled it with 27 bags of dirt and compost. (27 bags that we had to carry through the guest room with the white rug, oy.)

Then we planted tomatoes (roma and better boy), tomatillos, bell peppers, jalepeno and anaheim peppers, dill, chives, basil and marigolds to keep the pests away. I have little gardening experience so I have no idea how it will all turn out but I hope at least some of the plants thrive.

These plant markers are from the Target dollar spot about 5 years ago. I’ve been waiting to use them forever!

A few weeks ago I was celebrating all of my indoor plants. Yesterday I discovered that one of them (the one by the blue D) has some sort of fungus that looks like big brown sores. What? I didn’t even know that was possible. (No pictures, it’s gross looking.) So I’m off to the garden center probably to spend $10 trying to save this $5 plant.

Good luck little garden, you’re going to need it!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly March 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

It’s beautiful!


viv @ the eclectic life March 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

What a great looking backyard and raised garden. Do you live in a condo?


Alicia March 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Thanks! It’s a house, but we live in the city so it looks more like townhouse with just a small courtyard.


Renee April 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

This looks you have an estimate on how much just the wood would cost for this?


alicia April 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thanks! I think we spent a couple hundred dollars total on the entire project. I’m sure a quick call or visit to your local hardware store could give you the exact amount in just a few minutes.


Peg April 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Do you have any current pictures of your garden? Did it work? We are looking to build our own too! Thanks!


alicia April 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Oh, dear. I wish I could post a beautiful garden picture, but in fact we decided not to plant one this year. Last year’s garden had mixed results, mostly due to the record drought conditions in Texas, and this year I’m going to be away for the summer so we sadly decided to skip it.


Erin July 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

It looks really nice and fairly simple to make. I’m trying to find some instructions to make a kind of stepped garden bed. I didn’t even think about how much dirt it would take to fill something like this! I’ll have to figure out how to put some sort of a false bottom for the top levels. Thanks for posting!


Alicia July 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks Erin. I would definitely look into a false bottom or you’ll be moving a LOT of dirt!


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