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The cheapest way to make raised beds and borders

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

  3. Pour the gardening soil on top of the mulch.

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

  5. Tip

    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.

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Things You'll 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

About the Author

After graduating in 1999 from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, T.R. Miller began her journalism career. Her work has been published in the "Vail Daily," the "Vail Trail" and the "Santa Maria Times." She has won numerous journalism awards, including second place from the Colorado Press Association in 2006 for a piece about launching a community radio station.

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