Another great idea for making raised beds is with sheets of galvanised or corrugated iron. These galvanise sheets come in various lengths, and are available from any hardware store and are very easy to construct and assemble into a square or rectangle frame, which will serve us equally well as another method for making our raised beds. Cost wise, they are not that expensive and to make a raised bed frame from this material and we only need 3 sheets, 2 sheets for the sides and cut the other into halves which will make the ends of the bed frame. These lengths of corrugated sheeting are nailed to a timber frame which has the same measurements and then butt-up all four frames together and secure with nails or long screws and we are done.
Lets look at purchasing some 8ft sheets from the hardware store and see how this will give us a standard 8ft x 4ft raised bed, which is probably the most commonly used in terms of size and dimensions. Width wise, the sheets are approx 2½ – 3ft and when completed, this will be a good size framed raised bed for very little effort and little expense. Some hardware stores have different lengths, ie, they stock lengths from 10ft upwards and if so these will suffice as well. We will have just a larger sized raised bed frame, if thats the sizes we have to work with.
Galvanized raised beds costs #1
As we mentioned this structure does’nt cost the earth and is easily within most peoples budget. If we have this material lying around at home in our backyards or backgardens, then that is a bonus and all we need is a few lengths of wood in order to make the frames. Any type of wood willl sufice as we will be using the timber frame on the outside of this structured bed frame. We don’t need expensive cedar, oak or anything like that, while ordinary white deal or fir will be sufficient for this exercise. We are good to give these a waterproofing coat without fear of plant or food contamination, as we have just mentioned the wood frame is on the outside. With these sheets coming in at $2 per ft. approx. this sized galavanised bed ( including wood ) will set us back about $100.
Galvanized raised beds costs #2
The above galvanized raised bed is a very basic frame and is also a lot smaller that the normal 8 x 4. This measures a slightly smaller 36″ x 18″ x 17″H, which will cater for a smaller family, again depending on what we are growing. Its made from galvanised steel and is sturdy, rustproof and weather resistant. Like other models that we have looked at this too is portable and we can move or locate at any stage. This model comes as a flatpack, includes easy assembly instructions and one other feature it has is a centre cross brace, to offer further strength to this container. Cost wise, just a platry $60, will see us home with this one and this also includes free shipping.
Galvanized raised bed costs #3
We now have a different bed frame in the above example, but does the same job for us as ever. Dimensions are again very small, so this container would be ideal for a herb garden or salad patch. Its a little more stylish than the others, have four corner posts in the offering for extra strength and this again can be purchased online and will be delivered as a flatpack which includes assembly instructions, as per normal. Dimensions are 3ft x 3ft x 8″H, which is pretty compact, but nevertheless makes a freat focal point and will add to the appearance of any back or front garden. This raised bed can also be used for flowers if desired and would also enhance any home or garden.
Galvanized raised bed costs #4
This stylish attractive container is a real showpiece galvanised raised bed garden example and will also add to the appearance of any backgarden. There are some great standout features that come with this model, including a waterproof liner, easy to assemble structure, lightweight yet very sturdy and again may be located at any area or part of our garden. This raised bed would also go well on balconies, patios, or front/back decks and would make a great roof garden, such is its versatility. This container bed frame’s dimensions are 4ft x 3 x 1ftH and will again not only cater for the small planting items like herbs and salads, but it will easily accomodate some larger vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, leeks and onions because of the extra depth. At $60, this galvanised raised bed is well worth the price, because of what this example brings to the table in terms of robustness, stylish design, capacity for planting, light to handle and finally so easy to assemble.
Galvanized raised bed costs #5
For this example we have here more of an elevated raised bed container, but this item is made from corrugated iron. These containers are approx 18″ in height and will cater for a lot or most of our vegetables . The modular design is somewhat different to the other models in that the ends are rounded and its a lot more sturdier that the other examples we have looked at above. They measure approx 6-7ft in length and are 2ft wide and have cross braces as well. They are essentially made from corrugated steel to give that outdoor garden appearance, but are coated on the outside with a weatherproof plastic coating. With that said these are constructed, with just aesthetics and appeal in mind, but all of this adds to the price.
This is easily assembled, the parts or sides come with predrilled holes, which are then secured together with butterfly bolts, so no tools are required for this modular raised bed. Coming in at $200, they are slightly a bit more expensive that the others. Again they are well made, will endure and have that sturdy look about them and also, they have a plastic edging on top which really sets them apart from the rest. These are also available for purchase online and comes with assembly instructions included, plus free shipping.
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Happy gardening to all who try and succeed,
“It’s exciting to see things coming up again,
plants that you’ve had
twenty or thirty years.
It’s like seeing an old friend.”
― Tasha Tudor