Raised Garden Beds made of Scrap Wood

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Project by Misty posted 12-18-2011 10:12 PM 5349 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have very limited space and supplies at the moment. I decided that I wanted to build some garden beds for the upcoming planting season and since I didn’t have a job yet, I decided to get as much wood as possible out of the scrap pile beside our house.

I don’t have a workbench so I used the BBQ, some bricks and a wheelbarrow and did the best that I could. Fortunately since I was using scrap wood, if the finished project looked a bit more rustic than my usual style, it was no big deal.

I had three areas where I wanted garden beds. Two windows on the southern side of the house, on the terrace actually, and beside the garden shed. I took my measurements and then dove into the scraps to see what I could do. The two window garden beds were small enough that I didn’t have to use anything except my found wood to make them.

I floored the window beds with pieces of old wooden siding. It worked perfectly as a material since it no longer lined up perfectly so I knew that any extra water would easily find a way out of the box.

The larger garden bed was too big. I didn’t have any more scraps of the right size so I built a scrap wood frame and bought a couple rolls of wooden border to use for the sides. Not counting the soil, the garden beds cost me a grand total of 18 bucks.

They’ve already made it through one year of use and this next spring I plan to dive back into the scrap pile to see if I can salvage enough supplies for one more garden bed.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 11:04 PM

Neat idea.

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 03:09 AM

Great use of Scrap and the best part is it will keep on giving back to you year after year.

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 03:57 PM

Misty, you made this when you didn’t have a job (and did a fine job I might add). It is the resoursefulness of people like you that proves that God helps those who help themselves! Thanks for posting.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 04:06 PM

I made mine of untreated pine. Yours are so much nicer. I wish now that I’d waited!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 05:34 PM

Very nice and very innovative,,,,,continued good success,,,,,,and welcome to LJ

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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