Raised garden beds have become the preference for many gardeners for plethora of reasons. Some individuals build raised beds to save on the wear and tear of their backs, while others build them due to rocky soil and hardpan issues. Regardless of the reasons, the cost of lumber is expensive and nothing screams frugality and creativity better than the ability to build using recycled and/or reclaimed material. Luckily, being frugal and creative are traits that many homesteaders own.
For our homestead, due to various reasons ~rock, hardpan, natural springs running close to the surface, and the cooler temperature due to mountainside living~ we opted to design a garden utilizing raised beds and incorporated the concept of container gardening. We have been blessed with the opportunity to often glean lumber from Justin’s job site, saving us thousands of dollars over the years.
Building unique raised beds out of recycled and reclaimed material serves a purpose, but to a homesteader it’s a bit more. It’s gives the individual a sense of pride to be able to created a green product while keeping spending to a minimal; or if one is lucky enough the build could end up costing nothing.
The following photos were shared with us by fellow gardeners, and if these photos do not inspire you t0 think outside of the box when building your garden then I don’t know what will! To everyone who participated, thank you for sharing your photos with us, they are truly encouraging!
Growing vegetables in a container is not a new concept for many gardener, but the creativity in container choice can often be brilliant. Planters consist of food grade buckets, galvanized containers, terracotta pots, burlap bags and even tires have been used to grow food.
Vining plants do not require anything fancy in order to climb, and generally twine will do the job in guiding them upward. If your goal is to utilize material laying around the property, your options for a trellis can be endless.
Traditional raised beds are generally constructed from good old fashion lumber straight out of the lumber yard, but who wants to spend the money on expensive lumber? The following raised beds were built by utilizing free items found around the property or from material gifted to the gardener.
BARNS & COOPS
The structures for livestock can easily be made of recycled or reclaimed material. Jennifer Pribble and Melissa James did a fabulous job on constructing their buildings!
As homesteaders we strive to create a zero waste product by using free or recycled items. As you can tell, the job that these homesteaders were able to achieve reflects hard work and a piece of art…all done in true homesteading fashion!