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Building Raised Beds

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There are a variety of reasons to build raised garden beds, from poor soil to creating a more orderly garden space. This is a guide about building raised beds.


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June 23, 20051 found this helpful

If your ground is solid rock, the best way to raise veggies is in a raised bed. My husband built a raised bed garden this year. The "blocks that hold the garden together are, believe it or not, Styrofoam. This was salvaged from boat docks a few years ago when they banned its use in the local lakes. Its insulating capacity, helps to keep the earth cool. The first picture was taken before the topsoil was added. The second picture, taken a few days ago, shows the results of our Mother's Day planting date.

We are about to start picking squash and tomatoes... at least for fried green tomatoes. :)

By Harlean from Arkansas

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August 19, 2011

I love my raised beds. It helps keep different gardens separated and makes it easier to keep weeds out. They can be watered separately, depending on what you are growing in them. Herbs don't need as much water as vegetables. Tomatoes can be separated so they aren't taking sunlight from other vegetables.


In the foreground bed (5.5ft x 5.5ft) is asparagus, parsley, jalapenos, yellow and green sweet peppers, carrots, radishes, lettuce and green beans. To the right is 3 tomato plants (4ft x 4ft). To the left (4ft x 4ft) is where I grew garlic (which is now harvested), dill and sorrel. In back of the 3 beds is my Herb area, also cucumbers and snap peas on trellises. The dill comes up from seeding itself every year. I pull out some. The rest I use for pickles and so the butterflies can munch on it. There are various flowers throughout.

By Melissa M. from Lincoln Park, MI

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November 20, 2008

We made a 30x20 foot garden in our back yard with plastic and cement blocks. You do not have to remove grass. Put down plastic or a thick layer of news papers, and place cement blocks on top around the edge of the space. Then, fill it with compost or manure. You have a garden without weeds or grass for years. Add more compost as needed every year. I get manure from Lowe's in 40 pound bags, I have a garden all the year, I also make flower beds the same way.


By Kathleen from Dothan, AL

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful
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Yes I have already posted the picture of my garden but here it is again, very easy & you have a garden for years. Thanks, Kathleen, Dothan, AL

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February 8, 2007

If you're short on space or the soil in your area is riddled by sand or clay, building raised beds may be the best solution to your gardening woes. You'll trade the time, money and effort required amending poor quality soil for maximum yields in a minimum amount of space.

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April 28, 20171 found this helpful

There are many advantages to gardening in raised beds. Making your own can not only save you money, but allow you to tailor their size to suit your needs and available space.


This is a guide about how to make square raised garden beds.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

This idea is very old, my grandmother used to have straw bale gardens. It was great for her not to have to stoop over to pick and weed her garden.

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March 30, 20170 found this helpful

Raised garden beds do not have to be a complex job. There are many good ideas for building simple raised beds for your garden. This is a guide about directions for building simple raised beds.

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March 26, 20170 found this helpful

There are good reasons to create a raised garden bed, and concrete blocks can make it easy to build. This guide is about making raised beds with concrete blocks.

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June 29, 20180 found this helpful

Old tires have long been used for planting both vegetables and flowers. There is more recent controversy about using them to create raised beds for food, but they can safely be used for flowers.


This is a guide about using tires for raised beds.

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May 19, 20180 found this helpful

There are many thrifty, creative ways to use natural or recycled materials to make raised garden beds. This is a guide about inexpensive raised beds.

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July 24, 20170 found this helpful

Raised beds can be constructed in a number of ways. Making a stacked stone bed or even one that is mortared together can be attractive as well as functional.


This is a guide about raised beds made with rocks.

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July 10, 20170 found this helpful

Making a raised bed edge from various sized stones that you collect can be a thrifty, decorative, and functional garden feature. This is a guide about raised rock flower beds.

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

Raised beds are usually made from wood, concrete or stone. You can use something as simple as a large cardboard box however, it will last likely only last one season. This is a guide about making raised beds using cardboard boxes.

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September 7, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a raised be vegetable garden. There are a number of ways you can create a very successful raised vegetable garden, whether you build with new materials or use recycled items.

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January 16, 2012

In the summer of 2011, I had raised beds made to accommodate a wheelchair and my short arm width necessary to reach across to weed. They have landscape fabric to control weeds on the bottom, a layer of sod face down, then layers of newspaper and leaves that will decompose and on top, regular soil.

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July 2, 20101 found this helpful

Here is a raised bed that my husband put together this weekend. It is 4x10 feet and 20 inches high.

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October 30, 2008

My husband and I are looking for a platform bed. Does anyone has a good suggestion? Where can we find a good deal on a good quality platform bed? Thanks.

Peggy from Mcallen, TX


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October 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have seen some cute ones on There are reviews so you can judge for yourself. I don't know if there is an ikea where you live but they also have them or

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November 2, 20080 found this helpful

Sometimes people just plain want to get RID of a frame for a water bed. They get tired of it, or the mattress leaks, or whatever....Free for just hauling it off.
You'd be surprised what people want to give away!!
And what people are asking for too.

Do you have "Free Cycle" in your town ?
(You can check the list and see if yours is there, then your state, Subscribe) Free Cycle is full of things that people don't want anymore. Just as it says, it's Free.And they are yours if you tell'em you want it, and agree to pick it up when they tell you to.
And of course, there is also "Craig's List." It isn't all Free tho. There is a category of " Wanted", you list what you want. People "talk" thru the Craig's List e-mail. And there is a "Free" category too.
But, a platform for your bed isn't a difficult thing to build. There is probably a How-To that you can Google,and find.

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By Tim (Guest Post)
December 5, 20080 found this helpful

When I was still in grade school, my parents put their mattress on plywood that was laid on travel trunks. This may sound cheap, but they slept on it for years.

Mom like it because she was able to store things underneath the slipcovers. We used to play hide and go seek.

Dad did drill some holes in the board for air circulation. We lived in Japan, and the moisture gets so bad, you end up having to clean clothes that are in the closet. THINGS GROW MOLD.

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By Amy (Guest Post)
February 2, 20090 found this helpful

IKEA has some really nice ones for less than $300.

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April 26, 20090 found this helpful

We bought our bed from, it comes in several flat pack boxes that are shipped FedEx. I put it together myself and have slept on it for over 3 years.

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June 25, 20100 found this helpful

Fake one like we did. I wanted one too but couldn't afford it. So we took 2x12's sanded, stained to match bedroom furniture, put the box spring on the floor and boxed it in. Mattress on top no headboard. Looks like the pretties you see in the magazines. I also wanted Asian furniture like the Mino collection which cost about 2500.00 for livingroom set. We made a couch,settee and two chairs for under 300.00 which included all materials. We reused our old cushions and I sewed covers for them. This stuff is stout and can withstand active children and all the cushion are removable to be washed.

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June 25, 20100 found this helpful

We'd love to see photos of the furniture you've crafted. :)

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January 4, 2011

I am looking for an economical way to edge my raised beds. I have a large garden and lumber is just way too expensive to do all of the beds. Any ideas?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By Heidi from PA

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November 1, 20130 found this helpful

I have read how straw bales are used to build a raised garden. I was wondering if straw could be used to line the bottom of a wood build raised garden? I was thinking that the straw would decompose and provide nutrients for the soil as well as help to maintain moisture. Please help out.

By Faye B.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

Can you turn an old fridge into a raised veggie bed? I would need to put drainage holes in the back and lay it back on ground. What are potential hazards?

By Bec B

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August 22, 20140 found this helpful

I would like to construct a raised bed garden on a hilly area. The best plan would look like 3 beds of 3 feet by 10 feet. Any suggestions? The is soil is poor and possibly rocky so I think just placing the boxes on top and filling with good soil is best. To avoid tons of soil I am thinking of raising the bottoms up on the lower box. I need advice on drainage too.

By Nancy

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April 9, 2007

Here is my raised garden.

By Ross from Merryville, Louisiana

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