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I’ve made raised beds out of all kinds of things over the years. I’ve used scrap wood, old doors and more. Last year we moved to a home with a huge back-yard. Rather than planting a sprawling traditional garden, we’ve decided to maximize space by using scattered raised beds. I have a few traditional raised beds I made last year. In addition, I hope to add beds made from free items found on Craigslist.
Old tires make awesome raised beds.
You find these free on Craigslist. If you can find used tractor tires, it’s even better. I’d like to have a whole section of tire garden beds. I might even try flipping them inside out to make flower shaped garden beds. What’s the nicest thing about using tires for raised beds? You can roll them into place, fill them with soil and start planting. No heavy lifting required.
Shipping crates are perfect for raised garden beds.
For some reason, the free section on the Denver Craigslist always has free shipping crates. Most are just about the right size for raised garden beds. The best thing about these is that picking them up usually does not require a phone call. You just head for the dock of the warehouse that’s giving them away and haul them off, no questions asked.
Pallets provide wood for raised bed construction.
Free pallets abound on the Denver area Craigslist. Like the shipping crates, they’re just sitting on the dock waiting for you to pick them up. You will need a few nails and a little ingenuity. Still, you can easily construct garden beds, fences and more for your garden from these freebies. Use the scraps in your outdoor fireplace.
Old school wooden ladders and wagon wheels make sectioned raised beds.
It’s hard to find the wagon wheels for free on Craigslist, but it does happen. Those old wooden ladders are quite common, though. Just place either directly on the ground. Fill each section with soil and away you go. If they’re not high enough off the ground, remember this tip: You can place them on your other raised garden beds to section them off.
Bath-tubs, laundry tubs and sinks are quite common on Craigslist.
I’ve even seen old toilets used as raised garden beds. Don’t want anyone to know your container is an old toilet? Build a wooden frame around it with that pallet wood. It’s both whimsical and practical to use ceramic and cast iron bathroom items for planting. If you can get your hands on an old concrete double laundry sink, it’ll last many years in the garden.
Scour Craigslist for more ideas.
Keep the garden in the back of your mind when browsing Craigslist for free stuff. If you use your imagination, you might come up with all sorts of ideas for making raised bed gardens.