DIY: Raised Bed Patio Planter

hey what's up guys hope you're all doing well I don't know about you but we've been having some really warm and gorgeous days yesterday it got up to 64 degrees in February I loved it today it's in the high 50s and we are so excited to be back outside doing videos it's hard doing videos inside so I wanted to take advantage of the weather and get out here to build a new raised bed for my patio so I can start some cold crops this raised bed is five feet long and two feet deep the first tier is a foot deep and the top tier is also a foot deep it has a bottom built in and feet to raise it off the ground for two reasons one for better drainage and two so it won't weep a great big giant spot or stain on the concrete one and if I do ever move it but you could pretty much put this raised bed anywhere it doesn't necessarily have to be on a patio in the end I'll have ten square feet of growing space and if I plant it out right I can really get a lot of production out of that space patio gardening is a big deal for a lot of people because a lot of us just don't have garden space out in our yard and we need to utilize and maximize what little space we do have our house is on less than a fifth of an acre that's not a lot of space and I love formal gardens and lots of structure plantings and I like to experiment with new varieties of specimen evergreens and flowers so most of my space has been relegated to that and vegetable gardens tend to not be quite as kept looking I guess you could say so I didn't want to sacrifice much of my space for vegetable gardening but I do have a little patio space so here we go let's get into the project here's a list of supplies I'm going to use for this project a chop saw a drill and a drill bit to drill pilot holes a spade bit to drill drainage holes a tape measure a pencil staple gun one and a half inch screws for wood feet for heavy-duty top plates heavy plastic stain and a paintbrush potting soil and seeds and here's a list of the wood I'm going to use four 1 by 6 by 8 foot boards 8 1 by 6 by 6 foot boards and 2 2 by 3 by 8 foot boards the first thing I like to do when I'm working on a project like this is to cut all of my lumber to the appropriate sizes which makes assembling a lot quicker I'll take a 1 by 6 by 8 foot board and cut a 5 foot piece first and then with the 3 foot piece that's left I'll cut a 22 and 3/4 inch piece and an 11 and 3/8 inch piece I'll do that with all four of the 1 by 6 by 8 foot boards the 5 foot pieces will be used for the back assembly and the shorter pieces will be used for the sides I'll take 4 of the 1 by 6 by 6 foot boards and cut them into 5 foot lengths which will be used for the bottom assembly and cut the other 4 into 5 foot 1 and 1/2 inch legs which are for the front then I'll take the 2 by 3 boards and cut three 21 and a quarter inch pieces two ten and a quarter inch pieces and two 20 inch pieces now that the wood is all cut I can start building starting with the back first set two of the twenty one and a quarter inch two by three pieces down on the ground about five feet apart from each other skinny side down line up four of the five foot boards on top of the two by threes starting on one side I'll line up all of the boards until they're flush to the side I'll drill pilot holes and screw them in there will be a small overhang on one end of the five foot boards which is what you want because that will be where the bottom assembly meets up with it add the third 21 and a quarter inch 2×3 board in the middle it doesn't have to be exact just pretty close screw it in from the back of the board's next I'll assemble the bottom pieces I'll lay my two 22 inch two by three pieces wide side down on the ground about three feet or so apart from each other again it doesn't have to be perfectly measured just pretty close line up the other five foot boards over these pieces and screw them in then starting on one end of the bottom assembly measure in two and a half inches from each side and make a mark slip one of the 17-inch 2×3 boards under the end line it up between the marks and screw it in then repeat on the other side I'm going to flip over the bottom assembly and line up the back piece I'll attach it by screwing into the two 2×3 boards from the back of the back assembly now I'll flip the whole thing over and screw from the bottom assembly into the two by three braces running along the edges in middle of the back assembly now I'll attach my sides starting with the two twenty two and three quarter inch one by six pieces I'll attach the first one by screwing it in several times along the bottom then I'll attach the ten and one quarter inch two by three board before attaching the second one by six attach the next one by six then the two eleven and three-eighths inch one by six pieces they'll seem a little bit wobbly at this point but they will be solid when I attach the front boards attaching the front boards is the fun part it's when the look of the raised bed all comes together just screw in each five-foot one and a half inch boards one on top of the other on each end and that's it for the construction of the box now I'll flip it over to attach the top plates and the feet top plates are super easy to install they come with screws so just screw them into place and attach the feet when you've got them all in place you might get a helper to help you flip the whole box over Erin's going to take a quick break from filming to come help me using the one and a half inch spade bit I'm going to drill three drainage holes right down the center of the box you can add more if you want but I've built a bed similar to this one before and three worked out just great now the fun part staining this is the part that is key in my opinion since this raised bed is going on my patio I want it to blend in with everything else that I already have I don't want it sticking out like a sore thumb I love to make practical things pretty if at all possible and you don't have to worry about the stain being close to food you grow because the whole bed is going to be lined and I only stand a couple inches down the inside edge anyway you could also paint it or seal it with something that repels water just pretty much anything you want now I'm going to line it using heavy-duty greenhouse plastic let me say that lining the bed isn't a cure-all solution to help protect the wood but it helps tremendously when you can keep 99% of the water and soil contact away from the wood you'll get several more years of use out of your bed trust me if you don't line it you'll get one maybe two seasons before the bed starts to warp come loose at the joints and just start to look bad I put in a giant piece of it and made sure that there was plenty of play in the bottom so I could push some through the drain holes then stapled all along the top edges a razor worked nicely to cut all the plastic down just below the edge of the bed to make the drain holes I'll make sure the plastic is pushed through the hole then just push my scissors through from the top making sure the hole openings are plenty wide enough at this point you can flip the whole bed over and fold the excess plastic up and staple it to the bottom if you want but I just let mind hang there because you really can't see it soil time it took five and a half two point five cubic foot bags of soil to fill this bed before lining it I did think about building up a kind of faux box under the top tier so it wouldn't take quite as much soil to fill it but more soil equals more water attention which does help when it gets super hot in the summer but depth is not essential you don't need a ton of room for root growth most of the time annual vegetables and herbs are being grown in beds like this and those type of crops just don't need lots of depth to grow and produce alright guys we are done with this phase of the raised bed and I really like how it turned out I love that this stain gives it a real warm feeling and that it kind of just fits in with my patio stuff so it doesn't look like this sore thumb raised bed just sticking out it kind of just blends and it looks pretty the one thing I would probably change if I did it again I would probably use two by fours on the bottom instead of one by sixes I think you would have got a few more years out of it had I done that but and I probably would have invested in some gloves because I make a total wreck of myself whenever I stain or paint anything so we've got all the construction done and it's all filled with soil and ready to be planted so in the next video I'm gonna show you guys what I'm going to plant on why I'm in a planet and then I'm also going to show you how to build a cold frame greenhouse over it and it's a cool shaped one so I think you guys will really like it so be sure to watch for our next video thank you guys so much for watching and we're going to be posting some update pictures on Facebook so if you haven't liked 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