How One Family Built a Raised Vegetable Garden for Less than $200


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When my family moved into our new home the first thing we did-before the ink was even dry on the contract-was plan our vegetable garden. We were so excited to finally have enough space to grow a proper garden. The combination of the financial and health benefits of growing our own vegetables, and the fabulous opportunity to ingrain in our young children a love of the outdoors and desire to care for and grow their own food, was irresistible.

Here's a step-by-step guide to how we built our paved, raised vegetable garden for $197.


Step One: Build A Box

The base of our raised vegetable garden is made up of three simple boxes, each 4 feet wide and 10 feet long. We decided on a 4-foot width to give us an arm's reach into the bed from either side, so we won't have to walk into the bed.

To build our boxes we needed the following items for each box (we built three in total):

longbeach gardener
3/28/2018 8:17:03 AM

After years of replacing rotten boards (much harder when you have an existi v bed) I finally got smart and replaced the wood with no-ash concrete block manufactured for this purpose. It is more expensive up front, but will last for my lifetime. No more replacing boards every few years and it looks fabulous.

longbeach gardener
3/28/2018 8:17:02 AM

After years of having to replace rotting wood boards, I have finally gotten smart and replaced them with no-ash interlocking concrete block manufactured for that purpose. More expensive up front, but will NEVER have to replace. Plus, the beds look fabulous.

3/28/2018 8:16:30 AM

We have an acre so I grow some Christmas trees. The "overgrown" ones get cut and used for borders. They last several years. The paths between them are covered with heavy black mat stuff (I forget what it's called) and it's lasted ten years so far but looking a little threadbare in places. We've also used some plastic bed boards. We have an old Troy bilt tiller that hasn't been used in ten years. The small Christmas trees and rotten ones are stacked to make compost bins, which I have ... um, 5 or 6 now.

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