The cheapest way to make raised beds and borders

Written by t.r. miller | 13/05/2017
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.

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.

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

Pour the gardening soil on top of the mulch.

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


After planting, pour mulch around the plants to prevent erosion and to keep weeds out of your garden. Stack stones or bricks around the paddling pool to make it look more attractive.

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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