The cheapest way to make raised beds and borders

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The cheapest way to make raised beds and borders
Compensate for poor garden soil with raised beds. (bentaboe/iStock/Getty Images)

A raised-bed garden with a border simply is an above-ground garden. There are several benefits to a raised-bed garden. If the soil in your garden is subpar, you can start from scratch in a raised bed. It’s easier to keep weeds out of a raised bed as long as you use weed-free soil, and gardening in a higher, raised bed tends to be easier on your back. By using a children's paddling pool, you can create a raised bed for about £19 as of February 2010.

Things you need

  • 1.5 m (5 foot) plastic paddling pool
  • 2 bags of mulch, 9.07 kg (20 lb)
  • 2 bags gardening soil, 18.1 kg (40 lb)
  • 1/4 bag of cow manure, 18.1 kg (40 lb)
  • 2 bags topsoil, 9.07 kg (20 lb)
  • Drill with 2.5 cm (1 inch) bit
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Drill holes on the side of the pool about 5 cm (2 inches) from the bottom. Space the holes about 30 cm (1 foot) apart.

  2. 2

    Put 2.5 cm (1 inch of mulch) in the bottom of the pool.

  3. 3

    Pour the gardening soil on top of the mulch.

  4. 4

    Shovel the cow manure onto the topsoil and stir until well-distributed. Pour the topsoil on top.

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