Gardening On a Budget: Save Money with Cheap Raised Garden Beds

Gardening On a Budget: Save Money with Cheap Raised Garden Beds

Gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, and fruit. If done right, you can save yourself money by growing your own fresh foods. However, building your own garden can get quite expensive. Budget gardening is key. With summer just around the corner, now is the ideal time to work on your garden. Here are some tips for how to build a raised garden bed cheap. Read on to find out more about these cheap raised garden beds.

Cheap Raised Garden Beds

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Save Some Serious Dough with Cheap Raised Garden Beds

Using reclaimed materials can save you a lot of money.  You can check websites like Craigslist or Freecycle for individuals in your area who are getting rid of materials that could be used to create your cheap raised garden beds. These items could include wood or concrete blocks.  You could also check online yard sale or “stuff for sale/for free” groups on Facebook. People in your local area may be willing to give away or sell reclaimed materials for a low price, which will help you make a raised garden bed cheap! If you do not like the appearance of concrete blocks, you can paint them. You could also plant draping or climbing plants in the holes at the top of the blocks. As the plants grow, the blocks will be covered.

You can also check housing developments when homes are being built. Ask if you can look through the scrap pile, and you may find excess wood that can be used to build your budget-friendly raised garden bed. This would save you a lot of money as the materials would be free!

The wood from fallen trees can also be used to build your raised garden bed. Using a saw, you can cut the fallen tree into log slices that can be stacked to create the perimeter of your garden bed. Although this method would also save you money, it is important to note that dead wood may attract carpenter ants or termites. You may need to spend money treating the wood to prevent bug infestation.

Large rocks can also be used to create cheap raised garden beds. You can find rocks in creek banks or at construction sites. This type of garden bed is labor intensive and time consuming to create, but it will also last indefinitely.

Old salvageable tires can also be used build raised garden beds. Like the concrete block raised garden bed, the appearance might not appeal to everyone. However, the cost would be free and the garden bed would be rather durable. You can create a raised garden out of old tires by stacking two tires and interlacing them around the perimeter of your garden. You could also fill the tires with dirt for extra stability.

A plastic children’s pool can also be used to create a small, raised garden bed. You can find affordable children’s pools at stores such as Dollar General or on websites such as Freecycle. If you use a plastic pool for your raised garden bed, you may want to drill a few holes in the bottom or the sides of the pool to allow adequate drainage.

You can create a raised garden bed that will not break the bank. All you have to do is locate cheap or free recycled and re-purposed materials. Happy gardening!

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