Inexpensive Raised Garden Bed Ideas
Inexpensive raised garden beds are a fantastic option for anyone looking to start a garden without breaking the bank. With rising food costs and a growing interest in sustainable living, more and more people are turning to gardening as a way to save money and reduce their environmental impact.
Raised garden beds offer a variety of benefits, including better drainage, easier access for planting and maintenance, and improved soil quality. While some raised garden beds can be expensive, there are plenty of options available that are affordable and easy to assemble, making it possible for anyone to enjoy the benefits of gardening at home!
I’ve been gardening in raised beds for several years, and my favorite gardening blog (& her Instagram) is Rooted Garden with Nicole Burke. I learned so much just from following her! So head to her Instagram and see what she’s doing in her garden! ☺️
Inexpensive Raised Garden Bed Ideas
Interested in gardening, but looking for inexpensive raised garden bed ideas? This post takes you through several options that are affordable.
Raised garden beds are amazing because you can plant quite a bit in a small space!
This post has options for both raised beds for growing vegetables and herbs, as well as for planters for adding beautiful flowers or greenery (or herbs/salad greens!) to your home!
DIY Raised Bed
Using galvanized corrugated steel siding is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do it!
Vegetable Bed from Concrete Blocks
You won't have trouble with wood rotting over time when you use hollow concrete blocks! Plus you get "pockets" to contain plants that like to spread!
DIY Raised Garden Bed
I love how pretty this elevated garden bed looks - and the storage shelf underneath is an added bonus!
$15 Raised Garden Bed
Cedar is a great choice! It can be pricey, but this plan uses a certain cut that ends up cheaper than normal.
DIY Raised Garden Bed from an old sofa table
Reclaiming an unwanted piece of furniture makes for a fun salad planter!
DIY Cold Frame Garden Beds
Being a cold-weather resident, this one's going on my DIY list!
DIY Raised Garden Boxes
These wooden boxes with steel legs can be customized to any height you like!
Water Troughs as Raised Garden Beds
This water trough was painted with metallic acrylic paint to look gorgeous! Notice the drainage they put in, too.
Strawberry Pallet Planter
One pallet properly cut makes a strawberry planter! Great idea!
$10 Cedar Tiered Flower Planter or Herb Garden
There are free plans for this planter that uses cedar fence pickets to cut cost!
DIY Tiered Herb Garden Planter
This planter looks so beautiful placed against an empty garage wall or side of the house - you could grow a lot in this! Instructions are very detailed.
Raised Planter Bed with a Trellis
Adding a trellis to a raised bed allows for more vertical growing space - it also looks really pretty!
Pallet Herb Garden
This could cost very little if you have a pallet lying around! Love this idea!
Easy Build DIY Planter Box
Sooo pretty for the front of a house - definitely adding this to my list to DIY!
How To Start A Stock Tank Garden
This is a great idea if you don't want to set up anything permanent!
In a hurry and want to get something to start on tomorrow? Amazon does have a few simple options:
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Costwise, it would be cinder block or concrete block. But don’t forget to check places like Facebook Marketplace for cheap troughs, free pallets, scrap wood, etc. to make some of the raised beds in the list above!
Containers that are pre-fabricated, such as a watering trough in #8 or stock tanks in #15, would be the easiest to DIY, since they are already built and you basically need to drill holes for drainage and then add soil and plants. But most of the options in the list above are fairly easy!
This article by Dr. Gerald Presley shows that research over the last 4-5 years testing soil with and without treated lumber shows no difference in chemical levels in vegetables. However, if you feel concerned about it, there are plenty of other options for your raised garden bed that do not use treated lumber.
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If you’re sprucing up the outdoors, your kids could make a CITRUS BIRD FEEDER while you’re gardening! ⬇️