DIY Raised Garden Bed – The Fitnessista


Sharing a full how-to for making your own raised garden bed at home + stay tuned for a printable PDF how-to.

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I wanted to re-share and update this post, since the Pilot made an amazing PDF with the plans he used to build this raised garden bed. It would be perfect for a winter project and could be ready in time for spring planting!
Gardening has become one of my very favorite things and it’s been pretty amazing to walk outside and have everything I need to make a salad. 🙂 

For today’s post, I wanted to share the new garden the Pilot built! We used to have two orange trees on the side of our yard, but had them removed. They were filled with horrible stickers and produced sour oranges that no one ate. (Except for that one time Liv and our cousin Sara made orange juice for me.. and I had to drink it lol. I pretty much did a crazy sour-faced dance around the backyard before spitting it out.) Anyway, that part of the yard has been bare and we had big dreams to put something in its spot.

We also had irrigation from the trees, so I thought it would be cool to put a raised garden bed to complement our flat lettuce patch. I was browsing options online, and was getting ready to click, “Add to cart,” when the Pilot walked by and said, “What are you doing? I can totally make that.”

Wait, what???

So, the Pilot is insanely smart – I mean, he flies multiple aircraft NBD – but I had no clue he was handy like this, too. (He did build the famous bird condo, so I should have known.) I was pretty surprised when I saw him on the porch with slabs of wood and a circular saw, doing his thing. It was like my Chip and Jojo dream come true hahaha.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

Before I knew it, we had a giant garden bed, complete with a mesh screen on two sides (we’re waiting until summer and the scorching hot sun is beating down to fully cover it), water protection, and attached to irrigation!

Isn’t it a beaut???

A bed this size would have easily been $300-400 online. He got the supplies at Lowe’s for $150. (The soil was another story. We ended up needing 30 cubic feet!)

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

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Here’s just a small snapshot of what this thing looks like now: overflowing with incredible greens and produce!

Raised Garden Bed Free Printable Plan

I asked him if he’d put together a tutorial in case anyone wants to replicate this at home! 

Here’s a printable PDF you can download and use: The Pilot’s Raised Garden Bed

DIY raised garden bed! Grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

We’ve grown onions, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, banana pepper, tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumber in our raised garden bed so far. Also, in our little lettuce patch we have a ton of Swiss chard, plus kale, arugula, spinach, and romaine growing like crazy. The guinea pigs might be the most stoked out of anyone in the family.

Do you have a home garden? Any tips or anything you’ve found useful?



More changes we’ve made around the house:

Our master bedroom upgrade

Updating our formal living room

We painted our kitchen cabinets


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