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Wildfyre
« on: May 13, 2009 01:50:19 PM »

So hubby and I just bought a house and I'm an avid gardener so the gardens were #1 priority.. problem is, we're now broke. Soo.. we created these totally recycled raised beds. The only thing I paid for was the dirt.. and that was really cheap at a place just down the road.

The two large raised beds are made with lumber salvaged from a remodeling project at hubby's work. They were just hauling the stuff to the dump  Undecided so Mr Wildfyre asked his boss and the boss was more than happy to have us haul it away  Cheesy My Wildfyre made the actual beds and then I flipped them over and stapled chicken wire to the bottoms of them to keep the moles out!

And yes, the chicken wire was free too. I got it from a neighbor who tore down an old chicken coop :-)

The two smaller beds I made myself without any help (I'm proud of that). I pried apart some freebie pallets, saved the nails, and hammered them back together in squares. Just stack  as many squares as needed to get the bed deep enough. Then I took some wooden stakes (scavenged those from old political signs that were torn down and tossed) and drove one into the soil on each corner. Nailed the beds to the steaks for extra support and ta da! The stakes are long because I'm going to make a trellis the runs between them for the gourd vines..

So they don't look like much now.. but they will be gorgeous in a month or so Smiley

The large beds are something like 8' by 4' and the small ones are 4' by 4'



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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009 01:55:28 PM »

Talk about a recycling genius!  That is awesome.  Pallets are great sources of wood to reuse.  Even saving the nails?  You are a trooper.  The look like great sizes.   Any ideas as to what you are planting where?
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009 02:00:37 PM »

Excellent recycling. Hope the plants appreciate all the effort you put in.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009 02:19:03 PM »

Great work.  We did this a couple of years ago when they took down a building not far from where we live.  I made four garden beds completely from recycled lumber, and put the corners into the ground just like you did.  The only thing different was that I bought deck screws to put everything together with.

You can see my original beds here.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=246318.0

I have since made the rest of the beds from new lumber.  The money came from the produce that I grew and sold from the first beds.

I like that you've added the stakes right into the beds.  I added mine on as I needed them, and removed them when I rotated my garden.

Anyway, your beds look great, and I can't wait to see what your garden will look like.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009 05:52:20 PM »

Excellent Job Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2009 02:14:38 PM »

Those look awesome! I made mine from fencing I found on the curb. They're great and they look really cool. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2009 02:55:22 PM »

Wow, thanks for all the comments!
I love hearing about everyone elses recycled raised beds too Smiley

This weekend hubby made another raised bed from pallet wood... but his is far better than mine  Tongue Then we found the frame work from an old chain-link fence in the brush on the side of our property. So we bought two bags of cement ($5 total!) and made a heavy-duty trellis for my Kiwi plants! Yay! I'll post pictures later..

If anyone else wants to post their pictures of their raised beds that would be awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2009 02:59:31 PM »

How on earth did you take apart the pallets? I tried and failed horribly!
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Wildfyre
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2009 03:06:00 PM »

How on earth did you take apart the pallets? I tried and failed horribly!

A good hammer is essential. I knock the boards loose.. then turn the hammer around and pry them off.. just be sure you pry in between the nails - not on the very edge of the boards.. or the boards will break.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012 07:00:10 PM »

You have totally inspired me!  these raised beds are wonderful.  I am now really motivated to go to the factory nearby and ask them if I can have some of the pallets that are in a giant stack next to their parking lot.

Gotta garden!!
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