Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: Easy Garden Beds

April 27, 2016

I've been pretty interested in gardening. Yep, that's as far as I've ever gotten. INTERESTED. I'm completely inexperienced and already an accomplished "black-thumb". It's true. I can kill dirt. 


But this year, I'm DETERMINED to grow my own food, and I wanted to build garden beds on a budget. I'll be planting this weekend, so if you want to email me any tips, please do - I'm clueless!


I wanted to share how to build this SUPER simple garden bed in case you want to try your luck at this "hobby" that I'm hoping doesn't totally backfire. :)




6 - 5 1/2 in. x 6 ft. fence pickets. Cedar is the way to go. Not it will last longer, it will also keep the bugs away. 

3 - 2 in. x 2 in. x 36 in. balusters for the corners of the beds and supports. I say go cedar for the same reasons listed above!

Wood screws. If you're going to make more than one of these garden beds, get extra.


Start by cutting the dog ears off the fence pickets so they have even edges on both sides and are all the same length. Then cut two of the pickets in half to make the shorter end of the bed.


Next, cut the balusters into 12 in. sections to create the side supports and the corner supports of the bed.


After you've made your cuts, lay the longer pickets out (2 for one side of the bed and 2 for the other side)so you can screw the support pieces into them. Make sure the pickets are edge to edge, creating a wall about 12 in. tall. Screw your supports in every 2 ft starting at one end of the pickets and ending at the other. The supports will peek out slightly over the pickets. 

Next, screw the shorter-cut pickets into the ends of your supports to create a 90 degree angled corner in an "L" shape. You'll end up with two "L"s that just need to be screwed together! 

You can lay the beds down with the supports that are "peeking out" face down. Dig those into the ground a little and you'll add some extra strength to your bed.


Once you've placed your bed, put down a few layers of newspaper to block weeds and grass from growing up into your garden bed. Then fill 'er up with compost soil and plant your garden!


Now, I can't guarantee that any of the fruits and veggies I plant will actually survive, but DAMN that's a good looking garden bed! 

Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly