Raised Cedar Garden Planter {Tutorial}

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Hi there and a very Happy Tuesday to you!
I am so excited that I get to share my latest project with you today. 
This year I knew I wanted to change our garden situation.
A few years back my hubby helped me build a square foot garden.
It worked pretty well for the first few years, but I discovered that our boxes were too shallow.
When your carrots come out all bent in half, it’s a sign people! :)
Oh and those darn rabbits kept hopping up and going to town on all my veggies.
It was like their morning buffet, all you can eat and it’s free!
I decided it was time to build a garden that was much higher and deeper.
This is my finished project….

My inspiration for this raised garden came from Ana White’s plans for cedar planters.
I liked the style and the idea of using cedar because it was bio-degradable.
I just had to tweak the plans a little to get what I wanted exactly, so that’s what I did.

I am going to share what you will need and the steps I 
took to build my customized planter garden that is (hopefully) bunny proof!  

You will need:
(4) 1×3 @ 8 feet long (I used cedar)
(2) 1×2 @ 8 feet long (I used cedar)
(7) 5 ½” wide x72 long cedar fence pickets
(1) 2×2 @ 8 feet long (I used leftover pine)
2½” wood screws 
(scrap pieces of 1×2 and 1×4)
 First step: Cut all the cedar fence pickets at 17 ¾” long.
(26 total) 18 for front/back and 8 for two sides.
Second step: Cut the 1×3 cedar at 49 ½” four times (for front/back)
and 21 ½” four times (side pieces).
Next, I cut my 4 leg pieces out of the 2×2 pine at 23 ¾”.
Third Step: Time to glue, nail gun and Kreg Jig.
Space the cedar pickets with a small gap in between.
(I hear that cedar will shrink and expand with moisture.)
Then use wood glue and some nails
from my favorite BFF (aka: the nail gun) to hold everything in place.
 Next, I pulled out my Kreg Jig and made two pocket holes on the back side of each corner. 
  All four cedar panels will need two pocket holes each.
Fourth Step: Attach legs and side cleats for the inside of the planter.
(I just figured it would be easier to install these before I attached the panels together.)
I just used some leftover 2×2 pine and I believe I cut them around 48″. 
The cleats don’t have to be exact, just don’t want them too long.

 I made a little boo boo here as you can see in the picture. 
 I attached my 2×2 board with some wood screws about 1 ½” from the bottom.
When I went to screw on my legs,
 I noticed that I covered up one of my pocket holes! Oops.
So I recommend to go up another inch, maybe 2 ½”. :)

Unlike Ana’s plan, I made my panels even with the top of the legs.
This would allow for me to add a mitered edge. I personally like that look. :)
The legs were easy to attach with the 2 ½” wood screws and pocket holes.

Fifth Step: Attach the panel pieces together. Like this…
Sixth and final step: Place the slats inside and add mitered trim.
I used whatever spare boards I had laying around.
Why not, right? They are free and nobody is going to see them!
I used some leftover cedar and even white pieces of pine (see the white peeking through).
The top pieces of wood were recycled from Sebastian’s old bedroom shelves.
I purposely left space between the boards for water to drain out.

 Inside the bottom I placed some gardener’s clothe to retain the soil.
After I finished building the planter I got an idea
that it would be cool to add a flowering vine to my garden. So I also added on a little trellis.

I didn’t fill the box completely full with soil, although you could.
I just combined the soil from my old square foot garden boxes.
I wish I could have planted more veggies, but I think I was a little late in the season.
Oh well. There’s always next year, right? 

Now all I can think is… grow baby, grow!
 I will keep you updated on the veggies growth and if we actually fooled those bunnies.
For now, I am pretty happy with my new garden project. :)

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  1. says

    This looks so incredible! I’m always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Cydnee/Tampa Cake Girl says

    Love this garden idea! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee


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