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7 ways to build a raised garden bed

StevieB
Projects Editor
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Raised garden beds are a popular choice for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Weeds and pests are easier to manage, you can garden without the strain of bending and kneeling, and you can more easily create ideal conditions for plants to flourish.

 

With a variety of building and material options, a raised bed can also be a simple and affordable project. Check out these raised garden beds by Bunnings Workshop community members and let us know if we can help with your build.

 

1. Treated Pine

 

Raised vegetable garden bed by @bruceprince 

 

Workshop member Bruce used H4 treated Pine sleepers to build these terrific 2.4m by 4.8m garden beds that are still going strong after several years.

 

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Raised garden beds to keep pets out by @LisasGarden 

 

Lisa planted in raised beds to keep pets from digging up or eating the vegetables and plants.

 

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Raised garden bed with netting by @Meling 

 

Workshop member Meling grew vegetables from seed for the first time in this netted raised garden bed.

 

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2. Corrugated iron and galvanised steel

 

Corrugated iron raised garden beds by @Pancho 

 

Workshop member Pancho's raised garden beds use timber and corrugated iron to make an attractive and functional feature for the front garden.

 

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Garden bed front fence by @timjeffries 

 

Using garden beds as a front fence has not only provided a functional and beautiful feature of Tim's home, but has also helped strengthen bonds with the local community.

 

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Raised garden bed using corrugated iron by @moshiach77 

 

Workshop member moshiach77 built this simple raised garden bed using corrugated iron.

 

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Galvanised steel raised garden beds by @Andy_J 

 

Andy used layers of sticks, dried leaves, potting mix and sugarcane mulch to fill this raised garden bed.

 

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3. Wicking bed

 

Raised wicking garden bed by @Adam_W 

 

Adam used an elevated timber frame clad with composite decking boards for this self-watering wicking bed.

 

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Wicking raised garden bed by @Maursie 

 

Workshop member Maursie created a low-maintenance self-watering solution after assembling this large raised garden bed.

 

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4. False bottom

 

Tall man raised garden beds with drainage by @mdstorrs 

 

Workshop member mdstorrs built drainage grids close to the top of these raised garden beds so they don't need to be filled all the way with soil.

 

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5. Decking timber

 

Built-in raised garden bed by @JoeAzza 

 

Joe's built-in garden bed was constructed using decking timber and built as part of a low-level deck, allowing rainwater to be soaked up by the soil rather than accumulating below.

 

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6. Hugelkultur garden bed

 

Hugelkultur raised garden bed using Colorbond fencing by @rattle 

 

Hugelkultur beds are built from the ground up with items like logs, sticks and branches to fill the bottom before soil is added. Workshop member rattle built an affordable raised garden bed with leftover housing materials, scrap timber and wood debris to save on soil.

 

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Hugelkultur raised garden beds by @TheSaltyreefer 

 

Workshop member TheSaltyreefer filled these garden beds with woody debris that breaks down and nourishes the soil.

 

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7. Pallets and fence palings

 

Recycled pallet timber raised garden bed by @nolifemanual 

 

Workshop member nolifemanual made garden beds using recycled pallet timber and stained with Cabot's Merbau deck stain.

 

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Raised garden beds using fence palings by @Poppop 

 

The bottomless structure of Workshop member Poppop's raised garden beds allow helpful worms to nourish the soil.

 

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Raised garden bed using fence palings by @Sporky 

 

Workshop member Sporky's simple raised garden bed was made using fence palings and layered with paper, manure and soil.

 

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How to build a raised garden bed

 

Grow your own garden in raised garden beds by following this step-by-step guide to building a raised garden bed by Horticulturist and Workshop member Adam Woodhams.

 

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For beginners, Adam has also shared a step-by-step guide to building a simple raised bed, while MitchellMc shared how to build a raised garden bed using pallets

 

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How to fill a raised garden bed

 

Once you've built your raised garden bed, follow the step-by-step instructions from horticulturalist Noelle Weatherley How to fill a raised garden bed

 

Popular raised garden bed projects

 

Find more great ideas for your D.I.Y. raised garden bed in our Top 10 most popular raised garden beds.

2 Replies
Jason787
New Contributor

Lots of great ideas here. Feeling inspired.

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Workshop community @Jason787. It's amazing that you've joined us, and we're delighted to see you've been inspired by these brilliant raised garden beds.

 

We'll be looking forward to hearing all about your projects around the home and garden and can't wait to see you get started building your very own raised garden bed. Sing out if you need any assistance or have questions, as our helpful members are always more than willing to lend a hand.

 

Mitchell

 

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