Ideas for Building Raised Flower Beds for Free

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Ideas for Building Raised Flower Beds for Free
This hollowed-out stump doubles as a natural above-ground flower bed. (stump as flower-bed image by Igor Zhorov from Fotolia.com)

Building a raised flower bed is a good way to be both green and economical. The process of constructing a raised flower bed isn't a difficult endeavour with the right materials, some free wood, an afternoon and some patience. For a truly free flower bed from start to finish, find a local farm to see if they are willing to donate manure to your cause.

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Recycled Lumber

The most common way to build raised flower beds is with lumber such as 2-by-6 boards cut to size, though this may cost money if you don't have lumber at your disposal. Aside from 2-by-6s, you literally can build a raised flower bed with almost kind of lumber, from 2-by-4s to heavy plywood. If you're using weaker plywood, reinforce the walls of the bed or else prepare for your boards to eventually rot. If you have an old wooden fence, deconstruct it to produce lumber for a raised flower bed. If you don't have a saw, build a square enclosure the size of the boards you're using. For this type of flower bed, simply construct your frame and use a drill to secure the planks in place. Use stakes to hold your frame in place, especially when adding your second tier.

Stones

Create a custom flower bed using large stones or cinder blocks. Building a raised flower bed with stones is about as simple as it sounds. First, collect all of the stones you're going to use; you need different shapes and sizes, so you can play the role of a stone mason when fitting them together. Start by laying out the shape of your flower bed; rope off your area with stakes and yarn until you have the basic rectangular area you want. Using stones means you don't have to make a perpendicular flower bed; you can make a circle, a triangle, or any shape you desire. Look for shapes that might fit together. Hone on your natural mason skills to build as tall as you like before pouring any dirt.

Logs

If you have logs at your disposal, fit them together to make a rustic raised flower bed. Depending on the size of the logs, nail or tie them together using rope or twine. If you tie them together, hitch them several times. Chances are twine will decompose faster than your logs, so the thicker you tie it, the better. Or use chopped wood to build your enclosure by digging a trench at least 6-inches deep to stand your logs upright. A few lengths of rope around the outside will ensure that none of the logs tip over when you add your soil.

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