Square Foot Gardening: Building raised beds

4 ft x 4 ft x 8 inch planter

The first set of plans for the garden included about 80 square feet of garden space among 4  4×4 raised planters, a 2×6 planter, and a 2×4 planter.  These just didn’t fit in the actual garden plot.


So what we have this year are:

3 – 4×4

1 –  2 x 6

Total Gardening Space:   60 square feet.


Not knowing how long I would use these beds, we chose plain pine 2 x 8’s.  My husband cut the wood to size ensuring to add an extra 1.5″ on either side to ensure the inside dimensions remained true to the 4×4 or 2×6 measure.  The boards were screwed together with galvanized 3″ screws.


4 ft x 4 ft x 8 inch planter


An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.