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Make a Raised Garden Bed Using Old Wood Fence Boards

Updated on February 17, 2017

Make A Raised Garden Bed Out of an Old Wood Fence Panel

 To begin this project of making a raised garden bed using unwanted or discarded wood fence panels; gather the old fence panels that are no longer wanted or being used by checking your neighborhood and surrounding area for new fencing going up and inquire with the home owner as to what he plans to do with the old panels. Most will appreciate you hauling them off at no charge to them.

Dismantle and Prepare

Once you’ve acquired the fencing panels, begin to disassemble the individual pieces. Be sure to remove all nails, screws and hardware from the pieces. Trim any jagged edges. You may dust or wash the boards off, if you so desire.

Take three slats or pieces. Cut 8” off the end of each piece. If your pieces have a pointed or v cut end, cut the 8” pieces from that end. If they are flat, make a v shaped point at one end of each.

Now take one of the slats and cut in equal halves. Lay the two longer slats side by side and position the shorter slats at the ends of the longer slats. Position the longer pieces to meet the shorter pieces at the corners. Take the 8” pieces that you cut earlier and place two of them in opposite corners and one in the center of one of the longer slats with pointed ends up. Secure the pieces together with screws. This is the hardest part of this project. Using a power tool will help you to secure and accomplish this task much faster and with ease.

Flip Over and Place Where Desired

Once you’ve decided where you want to place your raised garden bed, simply turn it over so the points are now facing down and press or use a hammer to insert the points of the bed into the soil, this secures the bed in place.

You can make several of these raised beds from just one –eight foot fence panel. You can also manipulate the length or width to suit your needs, just add more of the 8" brace pieces where extra support is needed.

So, get out there, breath some fresh air, get back in touch with nature and recycle anything you can in any way you can. Use your imagination, make something new and usable from something old, unwanted or discarded. The sky is the limit.

Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening Tips

Stop weeds from growing. Save and recycle your old newspapers.

Double the sheets of old newspapers, soak them with water and lay on the ground soil between the rows of your garden. The newspaper not only stops the weeds from growing, but it decomposes and is good for the soil.

Watering - Soak your garden and pot plants every every seven to ten days. Don't lightly water everyday as this forces the roots upward and weakens them. This could actually cause your plants to die. Instead, give your plants a good, deep soaking until there's about an inch deep of water left unabsorbed.


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  • Robert Kernodle profile image

    Robert Kernodle 

    9 months ago

    I know that this is an annoying concern, and I hate it when I have to consider it, but I have to say it, even though it annoys me, as much as it might annoy you:

    Wood fencing is usually pressure treated to deter decay and insect damage. This means the presence of possibly unwanted chemicals diffusing into your plants, especially edible plants.

    I think the scientific evidence says that there is a very small amount of this going on, but I try to avoid ANY amount of this going on, and so I would not include old fence board in my own choices for raised garden beds for vegetables. Ornamental plants, maybe, but not the veggies.

  • Better Yourself profile image

    Better Yourself 

    5 years ago from North Carolina

    Love this idea! Nice way to recycle and reuse materials - great job!

  • DIYmommy profile image


    5 years ago

    From old wine barrels to fence panels, I'm a BIG fan of recycling and using items like that for my own projects! Rather discard it, some of these recycled pieces, while sometimes very worn, can actually still make for very functional, and in many ways aesthetically pleasing pieces. Thanks for the great hub!

  • Mrs. J. B. profile image

    Mrs. J. B. 

    7 years ago from Southern California

    Great hub. So interesting and informative. I love creative minds.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Reynold Jay,I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much for reading and rating my Hub. It's great to get a nice comment like this, especially from such a talented writer.

  • Reynold Jay profile image

    Reynold Jay 

    7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    I enjoy old nostolgic things like this. Clever and beautiful UP 1 and Awesome... Nicely done with cool photos too. RJ

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    MyMastiffPuppies, Like you, I try to reuse any type of materials I can and it's a good habit to get into. I know what you mean about being ready for Spring; right now in Oklahoma, we are expecting bad weather to come in and the forecast says this one may come close to the blizzard that we had Christmas 2009. I'm dreading it. Thank you for reading my Hub and for your kind comments.

  • MyMastiffPuppies profile image


    7 years ago

    Excellent idea! I love reusing material for other projects. Now I will have to find some old fencing! I am sooo...ready for spring. Thanks for the great hub! Voted up, useful and awesome...

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Hi Die'Dre, Deep or soaking watering once a week should be fine for flowers, unless your specific type of flowers call for a certain amount of water, Also if the weather is extremely hot and dry you may need to soak the ground soil more often, say twice a week. Thanks for commenting.

  • Die'Dre' profile image


    7 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

    Wow, I didn't know about restricting watering to weekly. Great. That's for vegetable gardening,right? Not flowers.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Great idea to recycle as much as possible. We had built a raised garden bed for my mother many years ago and she loved it. Wish we had more sunlight where we live now. Too many large oak trees and shade to do much gardening, alas!

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    TnFlash, thanks so much for your kind comment. I hope more people will get inventive and try to recycle whatever they can, however they can. Thanks again :)

  • TnFlash profile image


    7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

    Great Hub! This is a clever way to use stuff you would normally throw away. Well written and great advice. Voted up, awesome and twittered..

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    I'm glad you like the Hub. Thanks so much for commenting.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    viryabo, I'm so glad you like the idea of recycling the old fence panels into a raised bed garden. I like to recycle whatever I can, whenever I can. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Kashmir and thoughtforce, thanks so much for viewing and commenting on my Hub. I'm so glad that you can use this information. I try to recycle materials as much as I can and making a raised garden bed using old wood fence panels is an easy one to do. I love gardening and reuse many materials year after year, plus implement new recycling ideas in any way I can. Thanks again :)

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    Thomas Silvia 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Thank you for all the great advice and ideas i will use that information on my next garden.

  • thougtforce profile image

    Christina Lornemark 

    7 years ago from Sweden

    Brilliant hub! Recycling is a great way to build in the garden. Thanks for sharing this useful information!

  • viryabo profile image


    7 years ago

    Great hub Becky,

    There is a special kind of creativity in recycling and reusing old stuff that otherwise ends up being discarded.

    This is a wonderful idea. It's different and its potentials are vast.

    Thanks for sharing this creative idea. Opened up my mind. I have used old tyres, but never tried this interesting one.



  • Victoria Stephens profile image

    Victoria Stephens 

    7 years ago from London

    Great idea to use old fence panels, wouldn't have thought of that myself.x


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