Building Unique Raised Garden Beds out of Recycled and Reclaimed Material

 

building unique raised garden beds using recycled and reclaimed material

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!

CONTAINER GARDEN

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.   

building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Richelle, of The Humble Rented Homestead, not only designed her garden space to have traditional raised beds, but also utilized swimming pools and containers to grow in.
building uinque raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Kristi Brown converted an old step ladder to hold planters for growing items such as herbs and flower
building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
On our homestead we utilize gutter gardening as a form of container gardening; this works very well in growing short rooted vegetables, fruit and herbs.

TRELLISES

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.

building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Tracy, of 7 Tree Farm, spent time stripping an old twin size mattress to use a trellis for her peas to climb.
building unique raised beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Elizabeth Loupe LeMarr recycled cattle panels from her farm in order to have a large trellis for beans and cucumbers.
building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Sarah Jane, from Valhalla Rise, utilized tree trunks collected from their homestead to build this raised bed, and the trellis you see in the upper right corner was once fencing for a swimming pool.
building unique raised garden beds using recycled and reclaimed material
We utilized recycled lumber to build a tee-pee trellis which connects our raised beds together.

RAISED BEDS

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.

building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Nicole Aldergroves built a keyhole garden for herbs using various items found around their homestead, naming it ‘Herbal Hugal Spiral of Randomness’.
Building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed materal
Melissa, of Sweet Bee Garden, used the first cut of lumber ~the unusable cut~ to frame many of her raised beds.
building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Melissa, of Sweet Bee Garden, created another garden bed made of concrete chunks from their demolished back patio.
building unique raised beds out of reycled and reclaimed material
Melissa James stacked fallen tree trunks to design this raised bed. She also utilized the legs of a old trampoline as a frame for netting to keep the birds and chicken out of the strawberries.
building unique raised beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Another raised bed by Melissa James was constructed out of old guardrail posts discarded from the county.
building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Erin Rumsey created an amazing waste high raised bed which was made out of an old playground play set.

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! 

building unique garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Melissa built this rabbit hutch using an old swing set, but wait it get’s better! All of the paint for the job was collected from a dumpster or gifted from friends, and the decorative glass you see was made by painting glass and breaking it to create a mosaic design.
building unique raised garden beds out of recycled and reclaimed material
Jennifer’s stunning coop is made out of 100% recycled material which was found or gifted, from the barn down to the rocks and gravel.

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!

building unique raised beds out of recycled and reclaimed material

 

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Comments

  1. This was wrote beautifully and love all the other ideas. Thank you for letting me be a part of this. I’m truly honored

  2. Hi there, Great tips by the way and thank you. I did have a question though.
    I’m hoping you can answer it for me since you seem to be pretty knowledgeable about gardening.

    In a garden, how can you kill unwanted plants (e.g.
    weeds) without hurting other plants? If you had some insight
    I would greatly appreciate it.

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