Use these DIY instructions to make your own planting box for veggies

Johanna Silver  – January 23, 2006 | Updated April 13, 2021

A raised garden bed—essentially a large planting box—is the ultimate problem solver: It offers perfect drainage, protection from pests, and easy access to crops. And it’s just the thing to turn your backyard into the farm of your dreams. Follow our directions, and you’ll be able to build the 4-by-8-foot bed pictured here as a weekend project.


Our Favorite Gardening Tools from the Sunset Store

The Sunset Store is full of tools, puzzles, knickknacks, and more to remind you of all the reasons you love the west. The gardening tools below were handcrafted with the home gardener in mind; check them out and don’t forget to tag us in your garden pics @SunsetMag on all social platforms.

Sunset Gardening Apron

sunset garden apron on white

Thomas J. Story

We’ve teamed up with the good people at White Bark Workwear in Los Angeles, California, to produce our first official Sunset garden apron—a sustainable and practical tool for gardeners everywhere. The spacious utility pockets are gusseted to expand and provide extra room for tools, twine, garden clippings, and anything else you might need to keep near.

Sunset Garden Apron, $125

Foldable Garden Seat With Tools

sunset shop gardening stool with tools

Gardens are places of solace, an earthly paradise. Whether you’re planting for home-grown food or seeding flowers to mesmerize the senses with a backdrop of color, gardening is hard work for your body. Our personalized foldable garden seat with 5 essential gardening tools reduces the stress of labor by eliminating the need for constant kneeling or squatting while exterior tool pockets keep necessary tools near.

Sunset Garden Apron, $115

Fisher Blacksmithing Hand Trowel

Style Meets Function

© 2013 Rab Cummings

The subtle patina and refined hardwood handle give this trowel modern flair. The blade is made from high carbon steel and the handle from American Black Walnut. Simple and sturdy, this tool is reminiscent of what you might find in your grandparents garden or farm shed. The wide blade holds a lot of soil and the pointed shape allows you to get through more stubborn substances as well.

Hand Trowel, $63

Fisher Blacksmithing Garden Cultivator

sunset store fisher blacksmithing garden cultivator

Rab Cummings

This elegant rake is great for breaking up dirt and attacking weeds!  The tines of the rakes are ideal for working with grasses and other weeds that have shallow, rhizomes, or runner-type growth. The carefully bent side tines flare slightly below the ferrule creating a beautiful, fleur de lis image. The solid steel rivets are set horizontally to the direction of pressure providing additional stability for the rake.

Garden Cultivator, $60

Garden Tote with Tools

sunset shop garden tote with tools in dirt on white

It’s true, gardening is calming. If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably heard the phrase, gardening adds years to your life, and life to your years! Our attractive and durable personalized garden tote with tools combines convenience and practicality that ensures planting, trimming and weeding remain relaxing and satisfying. 

Sunset Garden Flag, $55

Vintage Sunset Camellias Cover Personalized Garden Flag

vintage sunset camellias cover

Plant your flag! Our weather-resistant garden flags come custom-printed with your family’s name. Show off your pride in the West— and, ahem, your good taste— with your favorite vintage Sunset covers.

Sunset Garden Flag, $17

Read the 2021 Gardening Issue

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