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Top 10 most popular raised garden beds

Jason
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A raised garden bed can help improve the quality and quantity of home-grown fruit and vegetables.

 

It can be easier to keep weeds at bay, ensure optimal growing conditions, and water your plants. A raised bed can also look terrific, yet be surprisingly simple to make.

 

We hope you are inspired by what clever and creative Bunnings Workshop community members have built. Please let us know if you need a hand building your own. We have many members happy to share their experience and knowledge.

 

Here’s our top 10 most popular raised garden beds on Workshop by pageviews:

 

Raised garden bed using Cypress and corrugated ironRaised garden bed using Cypress and corrugated iron

1. Raised garden bed using corrugated iron by @moshiach77 

 

Utilising Cypress timber, hardwood sleepers, recycled pallet timber and corrugated iron, this fantastic-looking raised bed has inspired many community members to build their own. 

 

2. Garden bed front fence by @timjeffries  

 

This brilliant project not only provides Tim the security of knowing his kids can’t easily run onto the road, but also provides space to grow food and build connections with neighbours.  “I think they’re functional, beautiful and build a bridge between our house and the street,” says Tim.

 

3. Raised garden beds using fence palings by @Poppop  

 

Made as a Christmas present and now residing on either side of a front door, these fantastic boxes are made from treated Pine fence palings coated with linseed oil.

 

4. Raised vegetable garden bed by @bruceprince  

 

These large and sturdy raised beds constructed with timber sleepers have inspired Workshop members and visitors alike. The Bunnings team has shared full instructions for building similar garden beds with sleepers.

 

5. Hugelkultur raised garden beds by @TheSaltyreefer  

 

Built using Microshade Sleepers and incorporating shadecloth and automatic watering, these fantastic beds were filled using the Hugelkultur layering principle.

 

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6. Tall man raised garden bed for vegetables by @mdstorrs  

 

Workshop member mdstorrs had never worked with large pieces of timber before, but these striking "tall man" boxes have won plenty of admirers. 

 

7. Merbau raised garden bed by @diy_hausdesigns 

 

Rufaro built this stylish garden bed using Pine sleepers and cladded with Merbau decking boards. He also built a matching bench seat with in-built planter box.

 

8. Wicking raised garden bed by @Maursie  

 

While assembling an L-shaped raised garden bed, Workshop member Maursie added drainage gravel, pipes and a compost worm farm. A good example of how to build a low maintenance solution. 

 

9. Pallet timber raised garden bed by @lcantem  

 

Workshop member Lester wasn’t sure how to convert pallets into a planter box, but with some helpful advice he soon created a wonderful planter box lined with recycled Laserlite sheets. L-shaped wicking raised garden bedL-shaped wicking raised garden bed

 

10. Hugelkultur raised garden bed using Colorbond fencing by @Aussie-Garden  

 

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.

 

More inspiration for your garden

 

Check out these inspiring project collections for more ideas for your garden:

 

 

 

 

 

Step-by-step advice for your raised garden bed project

 

Adam's design includes an optional seat to help you relaxAdam's design includes an optional seat to help you relax

Don't miss @Adam_W's comprehensive step-by-step guide to building a raised garden bed. You can adjust the design in size and height to suit your needs. It even includes an optional seat for when you want to take a break and enjoy the garden.   

 

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

 

Once you have built your new bed, check out How to fill a raised garden bed by horticulturalist and Bunnings Workshop member @Noelle.

 

Need more help with your raised garden bed?

 

The Bunnings Workshop community is here to help answer any specific questions you may have about building and maintaining a raised garden bed. Feel free to start a new discussion in the Garden board on Workshop and let us know what you would like to achieve. We'd be happy to assist. 

 

 

Last updated: October 2023

 

1 Reply
Dave-1
Home Improvement Guru

Afternoon all

I am considering doing away with my raised gardens :surprised: I know! It sounds crazy. I have had 6 of them for years, only one "sleeper" in height but they formed a nice edge for the garden. I originally picked them up from someone who wanted the timber gone! But the timber is at its end of life (rotten through and through in sections) So the next step/decision is 

Do I replace it when rejigging the garden beds?

Do I have heapoed beds and a clean cut edge wioth a shovel?

 

I have noticed with the raised beds it sometimes feels hotter within the garden bed itself, not sure if thats just my perception.

 

:smile: Waiting to see peoples ideas!

 

Dave

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