An inexpensive item for raised garden bed? Can't build myself

something ready to plant in that would not cost a lot

  7 answers
  • I've seen people use plastic kiddie pools.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on May 26, 2018
    I used to have a large garden - 30 ft rows, 3 ft wide. The soil was mounded up between the rows and I never had anything to contain the soil. I used pine needles (pine straw) between the rows on my walks. It really depends upon how high you want your raised beds. If you really need something to contain the soil, you can use rocks, take apart old pallets and use the boards, anything that's around to hold soil. Dig your row out and mix in compost with the soil - that'll work - The underlying issue is that people think they can get away with not preparing the soil under the raised bed - turning it over, removing weeds, etc. - just plunk a "raised bed" down and there will be no gardening problems and that's just not true.
  • Nikki Shearer Nikki Shearer on May 29, 2018
    I use old ice chests that no longer hold ice well. I just keep the drain plug out. I also fill the bottom with a layer of coarse gravel to help fill up the space and provide drainage. Not pretty, but it works well. Do not use the Styrofoam kind. For some reason they seem to kill plants.
  • Karen Pullen Karen Pullen on Jul 27, 2018

    So many choices: buckets, litter pails, hay bales, crates with landscaping fabric nailed to inside,...ensure there are holes for drainage!

  • Buttermilk Buttermilk on Jul 27, 2018

    My mom used old bricks or could use rocks to make her flower bed/ and to grow tomatoes made it the shape she wanted.....could not have a big garden where we use to live room. Could go to the railroad station.....years ago we got railroad ties for free to line out our drive way.

  • Dana Mason Dana Mason on Jul 27, 2018

    i used old filing cabinets. Simply took the drawers out and laid it on its back so the holes where the drawers were is facing up. Filled the bottom with rock, weed, and random brush from the yard, then put a layer of mulch on top, and then put topsoil on the top. Planted my tomato plants and right now they are 4 feet above the filing cabinet and producing wonderfully tasting tomatoes.

  • The Great Dane Gardener The Great Dane Gardener on Jul 27, 2018

    An old bathtub