Cheap DIY Raised Garden Beds Ideas

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BUILDING raised Garden Beds can be expensive. I’m a wanna be gardener and just the cost of buying plants can be risky for me. However, I’m determined to give it a try.I’m sharing How to Build Cheap DIY Raised Garden Beds, as well as other inexpensive gardening alternatives. Helpful tips for when you aren’t sure of your gardening skills because there are many options. You seriously need to consider your skill level prior too investing. Here are some ideas to help you make your own inexpensive raised garden beds.

Options for Raised Garden Beds Ideas

  • Build your own beds
  • Purchased containers or raise bed kits
  • Creative Raised Beds from vintage finds
  • Use recycled materials
  • Don’t have a lot of space, plant your vegetables around your landscape plant.

Consider the Cost and Your Skill Level

After building our DIY Greenhouse, I didn’t automatically turn into a master gardener.

Actually, it was seriously the opposite.

My gardening skills are more like hit and miss.

\We built two inexpensive rustic raised beds from materials left over from another project.

Although I did gather some produce from those beds, when I factor in the cost of the soil and the plants themselves, we lost money.

Early spring view before we started the new beds. You can see how we built the greenhouse here.

So fast forward to this year and I’m not a quitter!

I suggested to my husband that we needed more raised beds.

Yes, I got the raised eye brow look. LOL. “How many do you want” he asked? “Two at least” was my reply.

I’d love to have some like my master gardener friend, Stacy Ling at Brick N Blooms, installed this year. They are exactly what I wanted.

After some calculations, we (my husband) decided that the cost might not be worth it.

You have to take into account my limited skills in this area, or so he said. LOL

Should You Build a Raised Garden Bed?

Raised Garden Beds are gaining in popularity because you can create one regardless where you live.

Gathering ingredients for a meal from your own vegetable garden or herb garden is very appealing.

A Cutting Flower Garden is another way to have the house filled with fresh flowers for a fraction of the normal cost.

In addition, these gardens can be created in a small patch of yard, around your landscape and even on your patio or porch. So don’t dismiss the idea of planting a garden based for lack of space.

First, determine where you would like to have your garden and then use these ideas to determine which style of raised bed would work best for you.

The size and location will determine whether your area is more suited for vegetables, herbs or flowers.

Consider your skill level prior to investing. You can begin by intermingling your vegetables with your existing landscape to test your skills.

Build Your Own

Since my skill level was in question, here’s what we did.

One of the most inexpensive ways to create a raised garden bed is to build your own.

There are a few different options that don’t require a lot of construction skills.

These methods are best for a fairly level spot in your yard and you can plan for a vegetable or flower garden.

It’s easy to purchase your lumber and have it cut to the length at most home improvement stores. Then all you need is to attach the boards to make a box. You can use screws or nails to attach the boards together. It’s a relatively simple process for my husband to do.

Brad quickly assembled the frames using 2- 8′ x 8″ lumber and attached 2- 3′ x 8″ ends using nails.

Please Note: I obviously don’t profess to be an expert in this area and I’m just sharing my experience. If you have concerns about materials and safety, please consult a professional before beginning construction.

However, see a few tips that have worked for me by clicking here.

Note: Due to the cost of lumber, we only added one additional bed using this method.

Creative Vintage Ideas

I had started some flower’s from seed and wanted a fun place for them to grow.

All I needed some some dirt and my husbands help getting the frames to stand up for my Raised Garden Bed.

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I’m slowly adding flowers to the DIY Flower Bed. See more details.

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  • Claire Claire on May 17, 2023

    Creative! btw, I've seen, and now have repeated, that the inexpensive way to fill a deep raised bed is first with branches and leaves which retain moisture and grow nice mold as they decompose. Then add good quality soil for the upper level.

  • Rox31776735 Rox31776735 on May 17, 2023

    I have a bed!! I love this idea.