Beginner’s guide to a DIY raised garden bed

Today, we give you a few simple ideas for building your own raised garden bed.

A little ingenuity goes a long way, especially for a gardener working within the confines of a small space, like a courtyard. A simple DIY raised garden bed is a great way to maximise space and grow your own fresh herbs, veggies or flowers.

A raised garden bed can become a beautiful feature piece of your yard, and be made out of almost anything – a large steel container, a wooden box, an old wheelbarrow.

If you’re a decent handyperson with a few power tools on hand, you’ll find this easy-to-follow YouTube tutorial a great DIY project. It’s a relatively inexpensive task but you’ll need some wooden sleepers and the right tools.

If you’re more of an afternoon crafts-type, this cheap DIY raised garden bed requires only a few basic items and tools, and can be put together in under 30 minutes.

Have you ever built a simple raised garden bed? Do have any tips for your fellow YLC DIYers?



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    13th Jan 2019
    An even easier way to make raised garden bed is to use steel brackets instead of of sleepers for upright supports. The sleepers just slot into them. Minimal digging required. I made 4 of them on my own. No help
    13th Jan 2019
    Well done Anne, I am impressed, lifting the sleepers is an effort in itself.
    13th Jan 2019
    Always my first port of call at any new home - brought in a bucket of tomatoes yesterday - more to come... always grow from last year's seeds so they are acclimatised. I made my last ones out timber stakes holding up walls of half (cut down the middle with a grangle inder) sheets of colourbond... about eighteen inches of soil and mushroom compost by the trailer load... carrots long and terrific this time instead of the stunted ones common, and potatoes just keep growing... must add more compost to them.

    Rendering down a heap of tomatoes for salsas and pasta sauce and such - freeze some whole.
    13th Jan 2019
    When we lived down south on the property, we had, one year, something like 53 different things growing (and a powered tiller)... buy meat only and stuff like pasta at the supermarket... but I've grown old... only got five beds now... 2.7m long x 3.5m wide... got beans and bananas too and strawbs.... spinach...

    Not really looking forward to the move to the oceanside (as requested by the disabled one) and starting again... pot some tomatoes and take them with me... start again...
    13th Jan 2019
    I wish I had been so successful, sounds like it has a lot to do with the soil (and compost).
    13th Jan 2019
    I think you do not want to have the beds too deep, have to get a lot of soil to fill up. My son made me a self-watering box this year, works well, but I got the tomatoes in too late waiting for the box to be built. I find it frustrating in Victoria because we wait for the warm weather then it gets too hot and confuses the plants. Also had to find good potting mix these days, bought some organic stuff from Bunnings, still full of bark and stinks, really strange smell, not like it used to be. Anyone know of a good brand to try?
    13th Jan 2019
    Richgro. Cheap, doesn't have "junk" in it & I sift a bag of the potting mix to make my own seed raising mix :) The left over bark etc goes around the roses etc as mulch.
    13th Jan 2019
    Thanks for that, good tip about the seed raising too, seeds don't like bark.
    14th Jan 2019
    Watched the video. Don’t think using treated pine is a wise choice. Even with new wood treatments the jury is out on whether this leaches from the pine into the soil and is then taken up by the vegetables and then you. Would recommend hardwood, cyprus pine, powder coated steel...
    On the technical side, treated pine that is in contact with soil needs to be H4 grade, else it rots. This means even stronger treatment. Also requires coated screws, which the video does not address. Galvanised screws decay in treated pine.
    14th Jan 2019
    Good advice, only other option is to line it with heavy duty plastic, not sure if that leaches into soil either.

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