Raised Garden Beds With Cedar Fence Pickets

Learn how to build raised garden beds with cedar fence pickets. An inexpensive raised garden bed idea with a cheaper option for wood.

These DIY garden bed plans are an affordable option to build but are long-lasting and chemical-free.

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Expand Your Garden by Building a Raised Bed With Cedar Fence Pickets

A raised garden bed is a low-maintenance gardening technique that can create an attractive and functional garden.

Using cedar fence pickets to build garden beds is a great way to grow your plants organically and sustainably.

Some benefits of building your own raised garden beds are that they are cheaper than buying a pre-made one from a store, you can use them year-round, and they are easy to customize to the size and design of your gardening space.

Can You Use Cedar Fence Boards For Raised Beds?

Cedar fence picket is an excellent choice for a raised bed because it is durable, low maintenance, and resistant to rot and decay.

Untreated cedar fence pickets are an excellent choice for garden planters. It resists rot and insects well but is also a very effective way of organically growing food.

However, treated cedar lumber can release chemicals you don’t want your food grown, so don’t use treated lumber.

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What is a Raised Garden Bed

A raised garden bed is a framed wooden box that does not have a top or a bottom. It can be made from wood, bricks, cinder blocks, rocks, and metal. It is then placed in a sunny location and filled with soil before planting vegetables or flowers.

A raised garden bed is an easy way to add more space to your garden without digging the ground.

Raised garden beds are easy to build and easy to maintain. Raised garden beds can be used for gardening in small spaces.

Benefits of Raised Vegetable Garden Beds


Here in Missouri, our ground can be very rocky. My last traditional garden space had quite a few rocks, and I spent many hours picking them up. Using raised beds allows me to add soil on top of the ground and leaves me not having to pick up the rocks.

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Growing Season

The soil is above the ground level and warms up much quicker in the Spring. This allows me to start planting earlier in the season. The beds will also stay warmer later into the fall season. So this allows for a longer growing season.

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Having cedar raised beds helps with weed control. I spent a great deal of time pulling weeds in my traditional garden, and I know that with raised beds, I won’t have nearly as many to remove. The few that I do have, I will be able to quickly pull out and control the amount I have to deal with.

DIY Cedar Raised Garden Beds

Cedar raised garden beds are quick and easy to build, making them perfect for beginners. They are also affordable and can be used in a variety of places.

Best Materials for Building a Raised Garden Bed

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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Cedar Fence Pickets in 6 Easy Steps

Cedar gardening beds are known for their strength, durability, and beauty. To build a cedar garden bed, follow these steps:

Step 1: Cut off the Tip of the Cedar Picket Fence Board

I purchased twenty-four cedar picket fence boards. These boards are used to build the sides and the ends. These are fence boards, so cut the tip off where the boards were dog-eared at the top. Leave sixteen of the long length (6 ft) boards and cut the other eight boards in half for the ends.

Step 2: Cut 1×2 Cedar Boards

To build the sides and ends together, use an unfinished cedar board cut into 11″ pieces. You could also have your local lumber yard do the cuts if you can not do this at home.

Step 3: Attach Corner Boards to Side Boards

Place the unfinished 1×2 cedar board cut at 11″ flat on the ground and predrill your holes. Then drill two screws per cedar board into your 1×2 pieces. Do this four times down the side of the boards to keep the boards sturdy and to prevent any bowing in the boards.

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Step 4: Attach the Sides to the End Boards

To form the end of the cedar raised vegetable garden bed, screw the cedar boards cut in half onto the end of the long sides. Then add another unfinished 1×2 cedar board to the middle of the end boards for more durability.

Step 5: Place Weed Barrier

Set the cedar fence picket raised bed into place, and place weed barrier under the beds. This will help with weed control if any weeds try to grow up through the soil.

Step 6: Fill Cedar Garden Beds with Soil

Before planting in the cedar garden beds, the last step is to fill them with good quality soil.

How to Fill a Raised Cedar Garden Bed with Soil

Filling cedar-raised vegetable garden beds with store-bought bags of dirt can be costly. These beds are around six feet long and 3 feet wide and have a depth of 11 inches.

I found someone local who charges $25.00 for a truckload of dirt. It is made up of manure and soil that has been turned and allowed to compost for the past two years.

So, search your local for sale sites to see if you can find something like that to fill the beds.

I would recommend having the soil tested to see the PH level. This will tell you if you need to add anything to amend the soil.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Raised Cedar Garden Bed

For this tutorial on building cheap cedar-raised vegetable garden beds, the cost was under $20.00 in 2019. With the rising cost of lumber, the more current cost (2022) to build raised cedar garden beds from cedar fence pickets is as follows:

(24) Cedar Picket Fence Boards $3.96 x 24 = $95.04
(6) 1-in x 2-in x 8-ft Square Unfinished Cedar Board $7.48 x 6 = $44.88
Wood Screws $10.96

Total Cost for 4 raised cedar garden beds $150.88
Price per Raised Bed $37.72

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Vegetable Gardening

Cedar-raised garden beds are becoming increasingly popular as they are more sustainable and affordable than other options. I should have between 16-20 raised garden beds made with cedar fence pickets when I am finished designing my garden space.

I love vegetable gardening and have had the traditional tilled garden. It was beautiful, but it took time to keep it weed-free.

With cedar raised garden beds, I look forward to growing more vegetables and cutting flowers while not having as many weeds to remove.

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Vegetable Gardening Inspiration

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to build raised cedar garden beds with cedar fence pickets.

Thank you for sharing!

31 thoughts on “Raised Garden Beds With Cedar Fence Pickets”

  1. OH, you are doing such a wonderful thing with your new property! I don’t even know you personally, but am so excited for when you move your home. Thank you for sharing your journey. Lots of inspiration for us.

  2. It is already beautiful. I can hardly wait to see it done as you envision it. I only have 4 raised beds and that is all I can handle. You must be a very energetic lady. I enjoy your blog and IG account so much!!!

  3. Thanks for this! To put the cedar boards together. did you use 1×2 in the article and 2×4 in the video? Is one better than the other?

  4. How do you keep the deer out? We have raised beds and had to put up high fencing. We live in a suburban setting and not in the country tho it does feel like it at times with all of the wildlife we get through your yard.

    • The best thing that I have found to deter deer in to sprinkle ground cayenne on the plants and on the ground around the garden. It keeps deer rabbits ground hogs all away. And I only do it 2 or 3 times in the growing season.

      • It really depends on where you live. I made some like this for my Houston-area garden and by the 2nd year the fence pickets were rotting through. If I do cedar raised beds again I’ll be using 2-by’s instead of fence pickets.

  5. Hey there! Is the wood you purchased from lowe’s pressure treated? We’re trying to find non pressure treated but aren’t sure if that’s even an option when it comes to a fence picket!? Thanks!

  6. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your post! We just bought a house on an acre and half in rural Missouri. We are slowly turning it into a homestead. I was looking for a way to make raised bed gardens without breaking the bank. I love the idea and especially the price of fence pickets. It’s been a year since your post, how do you feel they are holding up?

    • The garden beds are holding up wonderfully. We actually moved them this year, and I just posted a new garden tour post where you can see them.

    • This post was written a few years ago. Unfortunately, even the cedar fence pickets that I purchased to build these beds have gone up in prices.

  7. I’m in Southern California. The only local place that will deliver bulk soil charges $95 per delivery. One “scoop” counts as a delivery so if you want more than one it’s $95 each. Really crazy. It’s becoming to expensive to garden!

  8. Thanks for the cedar picket idea which is much cheaper than regular lumber. Just FYI, newer pressure treated wood treated with ACQ is now safe to use for raised beds. It was the older CCA treated wood that was not as safe to use.

  9. I’ve already built something very similar, but this is a great guide for how to get it done. Now that they are around 5 years old, have you had to do anything to keep them functioning well? Post replacement, board replacement? Even if they only last a few seasons it seems like this build is better than trying to do the same thing with redwood or similar from a price perspective.

    • I replaced them last year. Not because of their damage but because I went another direction in my garden and used different beds. Even after moving them several times around my garden area, they were in good usable condition. I never had to do any maintenance on them.


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