Build a Rolling Raised Garden Bed
A raised bed on wheels is a garden on the go. Follow our step-by-step guide to roll into the next gardening season in style.
This raised-bed garden is deep enough for large plants such as tomatoes and ornamental peppers. The higher elevation makes gardening a back-saving stand-up job. To save time, have all the wood cut to length at the lumber yard. We stained our planter two shades of blue. The legs are made of sturdy 4×4 posts; wood stretchers at the base keep the planter from wobbling. Follow our step-by-step guide to roll your way to a happy portable raised garden bed.
- (3) 2×6×37-inch cedar boards
- (2) 1×4×16½-inch cedar boards
- (6) 1×6×38½-inch cedar boards
- (6) 1×6×16½-inch cedar boards
- (4) 2×4×13-inch cedar boards
- (4) 4×4×21½-inch cedar posts
- (2) 2×4×28½-inch cedar boards
- (2) 2×4×9½-inch cedar boards
- 2-inch exterior screws
- 3½-inch exterior screws
- (4) casters (two locking)
- Wood stain
- 6 feet weed-blocking bed liner
Step 1: Build the Base
Lay all three of the 2×6 boards side by side; place two of the 1×4 boards vertically on the three boards. Position the 1×4 boards 4 inches from both ends toward the middle of the three-piece board. Fasten the boards together with 2-inch screws using a drill.
Step 2: Create Rectangular Box
To create a rectangular box section, fasten two 1×6×38½-inch cedar boards to two 1×6×18-inch boards. Use 3½-inch screws to secure the boards together with a drill. Position the longer boards outside the shorter boards when securing together. Make two more boxes to stack on top of each other. These boxes will become the sides of your raised bed planter.
Step 3: Attach Base to Box
After creating the base and the rectangular box, insert piece from Step 1 into one box frame with crossboards on the bottom. Join together the bottom to the rectangular box using a 1½-inch piece of scrap wood for even spacing. Fasten the bottom to box section using 2-inch screws every 6 inches.
Step 4: Attach Base Beams
Add remaining box sections. Put a 13-inch 2×4 in each corner, even with the bottom of the box. The boards will be 2 inches shorter than the top of the box. Fasten the boards to the box with 3½-inch screws.
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Step 5: Fasten Posts to Box
Stand the box on the 4×4 board posts. Align the posts on the inside of the box to attach together. Fasten the posts together with a drill from inside of the box using four 3½-inch screws for each post.
Step 6: Attach Crosspieces to Posts
Put the remaining 2×4 boards between the posts, positioning them ½ inch from the bottom of the posts. Drill through the 2×4s into the posts at an angle. Fasten the crosspieces to the posts using 3½-inch screws.
Step 7: Add Finishing Touches
Fasten the casters to the base of the posts using 2-inch screws. Stain the cart to your desired color (we chose baby blue). Line the planter with weed-blocking bed liner and fill the bed with soil. Then, plant your favorite seasonal vegetables for the freshest, and most accessible, produce to go straight to your table.
Editor's Tip: To make this a moveable planter on wheels, attach two locking casters to one short side of the raised bed, and two regular casters to the other side.