A beautiful, full, lush raised garden bed is a dream come true. A raised bed solves so many gardening problems caused by critters and pests. The controlled nature of the planter is a great way to keep disease and soil problems at bay, and best of all they are inexpensive, accessible and easy to keep organized. They are everything you want from your garden in one convenient package.
There are several ways to make your own raised garden beds. Of course, you can also hop online and purchase one of the hundreds of different options available, but these raised bed tutorials are cheaper and easier to customize to your space.
This is your basic raised bed made with lumber from the hardware store. If you use pressure treated lumber, you can ensure that it will last. Cedar works great as well because it is naturally rot-resistant. The thicker the board, the longer it will last. A 2-inch board could last up to 10 years. Simply use wooden stakes at each of the four corners and fix the boards on the stakes using galvanized nails. Easy as that. The full tutorial can be found here: http://www.plantersguy.com/build-raised-garden-bed/
You can also use non-traditional materials to make a raised garden bed. This metal trough is a great option because it is large enough to hold several plants. If your trough doesn’t already have a plug, you will need to drill some drain holes and you’re done.
This idea and several other non-traditional DIY raised bed tutorials can be found here
Galvanized steel beds have a lot of benefits, but perhaps the biggest ones is that they will last forever. These are steel roofing panels and are a very popular choice for raised beds because they are inexpensive, easy to use, and beautiful. However, because they are thin, they tend to bow out when you fill them with soil, so you need a wood frame to support them.
Cinder blocks are another popular choice for raised beds. These are easy to find, and virtually indestructible. However these blocks attract heat. Only plant plants that can withstand the constant heat. Theses DIY raised beds can be 1 or 2 blocks high, depending on how much space you have. Simply lay down the bricks and fill them with compost. You can even use the holes in each brick as individual planters. A simple step by step on cinder block beds can be found here
An easy and inexpensive option is barrel boxes. These beauties are made from plastic barrels and pressure-treated lumber. It takes a little more woodwork, but if you’ve got the skills and the tools, these are a great option especially if gardening has become backbreaking work. Rather than working on your hands and knees, enjoy gardening with counter-height barrel boxes.
Whatever raised flower bed you choose, make sure your plants will get the sun and water that they need. Also, don’t forget to add gravel before soil, to give it natural drainage to prevent rotting roots. I wish you the best of luck, and if you have any questions let me know!