13 Creative DIY Solutions for Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds out of tires, cedar, sticks, vines, a dresser - you name it! This article has 13 different ideas for how to create raised garden beds. 

 

I think the one on my list of to-do's are the Raised Garden BedsSimple DIY Cedar Raised Garden BedSelf-Watering Salad Table, and of course the Tired Petal Planters. I hope you like as many of these ideas as I do.  - Stephanie


 

Raised garden beds organize your planting areas, making them easier to manage and more convenient to maintain. Sidestepping potential issues with soil quality, reducing pest problems and virtually eliminating the need to weed, raised beds are an ideal way to grow herbs, vegetables or ornamental plants.

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Here are 13great DIY garden bed ideas and tutorials, many of which reclaim materials like pallets, bed frames and water troughs.

Repurposed Dresser Garden

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How To Repurpose A Dresser Into A Home Garden! This project could be as simple as placing potted plants inside the drawers, or you could staple landscape fabric to the inside and fill them with soil. Be sure to use a dresser made of solid wood rather than particle board, if it will be exposed to the elements.

Classic Cedar Bed by Sunset

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Sunset offers plans for a Simple DIY Cedar Raised Garden Bed that’s about eight feet long and four feet wide, making the middle easy to reach from either side. Made of rot-resistant wood, this garden bed will last many seasons.

Beds with Cap Railings by Popular Mechanics

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A slightly more complex Raised Garden Beds adds a ‘cap railing’ to the top of the bed to make it look more finished and offer a place to set tools when you’re not using them.

Self-Watering Salad Table

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Make your own Self-Watering Salad Table! Three durable bins are placed in a wooden frame. Smaller plastic baskets fitted with PVC pipes are placed upside-down inside the larger bins, and the whole thing is filled with soil. Salad tables lift these vulnerable greens up off the ground to reduce pest problems and make them easier to access.

Vertical Pallet Garden

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Line the inside of a reclaimed pallet with landscape fabric, fill it with soil, plant it with the herbs, veggies or flowers of your choice and lean it up against a wall. This vertical garden is quick, simple and inexpensive with beautiful results; Vertical Pallet Planter!

Pallet Planter

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Another pallet garden concept reuses boards from old pallets – without having to pull any nails. Cutting the boards off each side of the support beams produces a nice pile of lumber for creating a totally free planter box. Here's How: Pallet Planter

Bed Frame Raised Garden

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A bed frame offers an ideal support for climbing vines in this brilliant repurposing project by Pondered, Primed and Perfected. The base of the bed was turned upside down and filled with soil to create the main part of the new raised garden. While the raised part isn’t actually from the headboard of the bed, it’s easy to see how virtually any bed frame could work – think about how beautiful brass or wrought iron would be with cucumber vines trailing all over it.

Woven Willow Garden Bed

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In this simple project, branches are woven around stakes to create a beautiful and durable border for a raised garden bed. Get basic instructions for this project at eHow (image via roumen).

Natural Wood Raised Garden Bed

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Another DIY raised garden bed idea using free, natural materials that you can gather in your backyard is this one from Instructables. It costs almost nothing at all, and the result is stunning.

Sack Gardens

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Did you know that you can plant directly into sacks of all varieties? Burlap sacks, as pictured, work great, but you can even plant directly into bags of soil from the nursery. Make this concept even more convenient by placing the bags inside raised beds or on a table, like that used for the salad table concept.

Water Trough Raised Bed

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Water troughs from farm supply stores make attractive extra-large containers for gardens, and the metal kinds can be painted any color you like. Rather than buying these new, watch the classifieds or put out your own ad looking for used water troughs that have sprung leaks and are no longer usable as intended.

Used Tires

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While there have been some debates about whether used tires are safe to use for planting edibles, many people feel that it’s most likely safe. You can always line the inside with layers of landscape fabric just to be sure. Get instructions for turning old tires into raised gardens at Instructables.

Compact Rotational Gardening

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Here’s a raised garden that’s been arranged in a geometric shape, not just for looks, but for function. The compact rotational garden utilizes a small space efficiently while maintaining easy access to each section. Learn more at Instructables.

 

Original Article by Steph at webecoist.momtastic.com