How to create raised beds from recycled materials
TWO WAYS TO MAKE decorative flea-market style raised beds this year, 1) use large cast-off and up-cycled containers; 2) make fanciful layered edgings of garden-friendly materials like bricks, wood, or even bottles! We’ve even seen old bathtubs and refrigerator cases made into thriving raised bed gardens; planted tub below photographed by D. Diane Weiss.
MOUNDING SOIL IN A RAISED bed can make for happy root systems, as long as your drainage is good. You can increase the moisture retention of your raised beds, and protect the containers, by lining them with durable plastics and using lots of natural mulches like straw, chopped yard waste, and compost. Holes or cracks aid the drainage process.
7 Flea market raised bed garden ideas –
RAISED BED LINERS CAN be used inside any of the following creative raised beds — or, you can use recycled plastic nursery pots inside the raised beds to help retain moisture, keep roots cool, and protect the sides of the raised bed container:
a. Wagons (with holes in the bottom) are great for holding nursery containers. You can put sphagnum moss between plants as lush green mulch. With a raised bed on wheels, you can easily roll this into sheltered areas or anywhere that needs a burst of color; photo by Tammy Prouty.
b. Blue painted wheelbarrow by Jane Krauter. This color seems to attract birds and visitors of all kinds, including the human type. Shade loving plants can stay in their plastic containers tucked inside this portable raised bed.
c. The pink sink by Bridget McGivern Staley; we just can’t toss out grandma’s good stuff! Vintage metal containers of all kinds can add charm to cottage corners — the light and cheerful color helps keep this metal keepsake cool in the sun.
d. Collections like this flowerpot and sedum family make the edge of this raised bed a fun display area; by Stephie McCarthy.
YOU CAN USE PLASTIC or terra cotta pots as edgings for a raised garden bed. The best of both worlds is putting the plastic pots INSIDE of terra cotta. Roots will stay cooler and moister even in July by mixing materials in your raised bed designs; photo by Stephie McCarthy.
FOR MINIATURE RAISED-BED containers that look wonderful year round, make these simple concrete troughs molded inside cardboard boxes; a project by Sue Langley. Concrete containers can be filled with plants and can also be used as edgings for raised beds.
Products that may interest you!
Grow Bed Liner
Also, get our easy step-by-step instructions for building a raised bed for vegetables. Marie’s Rust Garden.