Jack Greene
Jack Greene
  • Hometalker
  • Eugene, OR
Asked on May 18, 2019

How do I fill two 8 foot by 4 foot 32 inch high garden beds?

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what do i fill the bottom with so i dont have to buy so much soil or dirt

4 answers
  • Linda Sikut
    on May 18, 2019

    Hi Jack,

    I have a window box and while it's not as big as your beds, I recycled packing peanuts in mine. Even though they won't biodegrade they do take up space and allow the water to drain through. If you want something organic, then consider paper bags, newspaper. You could even fill part of it with rocks, but think about the future and plan in case you want to remove them later on. Wishing you the best.

  • Mogie
    on May 18, 2019

    If weight is no problem I use gravel. It adds drainage at the same time.

  • Sue Newman
    on May 18, 2019

    i used soda pop cans (empty) and plastic milk jugs (also empty)...work great and allow for drainage too.

  • Clhr
    on May 23, 2019

    Someone in a previous Hometalk article used cut up pool noodles. Your beds are big enough to leave the noodles whole!

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