Building Creative Raised Garden Beds

It’s time to get your garden ready! Or at least the soil and the early and more hardy plants. I love having a garden and I cannot wait until we have fresh fruit and vegetables. Our strawberries are already blooming and the blackberry bush has buds. The peach tree is also looking hopeful this year! We have been debating to do a traditional in the ground garden or to go back to raised garden beds this year.

Raised Garden Beds are a perfect solution for poor soil, lack of space , or minimal areas of sunlight. Also easy to care for.

We went back to raised garden beds this year since last years crop was a bust (for many reasons but the soil was part of it). Since our garden area is quite large, building raised garden beds can be costly. My husband and I and big proponents of using what you have. We had a garage built this year and we decided to use the leftover scrap wood to build the raised beds. It’s not perfect, but it works!

My husband continued with his creativity and made me an herb starter box. He used a leftover piece of gutter to make the herb box and some scrap wood to secure it. Isn’t that clever?

We did have to bring in top soil and compost as we have clay. The soil was a bit of an expense, but the rest of the garden is pretty frugal. I planted potatoes, onions, green beans, sweet peas, carrots and lettuce this weekend. I will wait a couple more weeks to plant the squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon.

I encourage you all to make some sort of garden this year. It can be as small as a container on your deck or an herb garden on you window seal. Having fresh homegrown produce is wonderful! My boys enjoy the process too. And there is nothing better than a homegrown tomato!

Have you started a garden yet? What are you planning on planting this year?


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  1. says

    What great ideas! We have built raised beds from beds, shelves, old chest of drawers and railroad ties. Just whatever we could find. I hope that your garden does really well!! Rene
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  2. says

    I love frugal gardening! This is only our second year and we’ve been trying to go as cheap as possible. I got some PVC pipe at the store for about $5. They’ll be our trellis’. Great job with your garden. We’re planting about the same things. We’re in Georgia so everything should be in the ground right now. I just got everything in on Thursday.
    .-= Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD!´s last blog ..Shopping Trip: CVS, Walgreens, Kroger =-.

  3. says

    We used “found” grid stuff from a store renovation to build our compost bins. Reduce ,Reuse ,Recycle, Right? The bones of your garden look great!

  4. says

    Good luck with your gardens. I have been able to green my black thumb with some hard-to-kill perennials brought to our new (five years ago) home from my grandparents’ homestead, before it sold. They are growing gorgeously in a little garden my son helped me make to greet my husband one year upon his return from National Guard annual training. With the confidence from our little sweet success, we hope to start a lasagna garden/square foot garden next year – this year I am just not up to it as I am expecting in July!

  5. says

    Great ideas here! Check out some more at … I show how to make raised planters from used tires…. very green!


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