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12 best raised garden beds in 2021, according to experts

Gardening is often associated with planting flowers and vegetables directly in the ground, making it seemingly inaccessible for people without a large piece of property at their disposal. But raised garden beds allow you to plant a garden almost anywhere, from a small patch of grass to a patio. Carmen DeVito, founder of Garden Cult, a garden and landscape design company, said raised garden beds are also great for beginner gardeners since they allow you to control the size of your garden, as well as factors like soil conditions.

“Raised-bed gardening is an easy way for new gardeners to get their feet wet, experiment and try new things without being overwhelmed,” DeVito, a certified New York State landscape professional, said. “It’s like gardening with training wheels.”

We talked to experts about the benefits raised garden beds offer, and compiled some tips for planting in them. We also rounded up highly rated raised garden beds from retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart and more.

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Types of raised garden beds

Venelin Dimitrov, senior product manager for gardening company Burpee, said there are three types of raised garden beds: raised ground beds, supported raised beds and containerized raised beds. All three work to lift plants and their root systems above ground.

Raised ground beds are flat-topped mounds of soil that are 6 to 8 inches high and do not have support frames. Dimitrov said they’re the simplest above-ground gardening option since they only require soil, and they’re sometimes referred to as built-in raised beds. He noted that they’re specifically useful for gardeners who have large areas to plant but do not want the added expense of building support frames.

Supported raised beds consist of a mound of soil surrounded by a supportive edge or frame. Dimitrov said these beds are especially useful for sloped or uneven ground — you can build a flat surface on top of an uneven surface with this type of raised bed.

Containerized raised beds are what most people typically think of when they talk about raised garden beds. DeVito said they’re essentially large planters or pots. Containerized raised beds have taller sides and a base, and they can be used on lawns, walkways, decks, patios, driveways and porches. Dimitrov said you should just be sure wherever you put the raised bed can tolerate its weight and the moisture it may give off. He noted that you need to use more soil to fill a containerized raised bed, but they’re versatile and work well in high-traffic areas.

As for materials, DeVito said raised garden beds are usually made from wood, metal or plastic and they can last for multiple years. If you plan to make your garden permanent or live in an area where you can garden year round, she suggested investing in a rot-resistant wood bed.

Additionally, some companies sell raised garden beds made from fabric, which DeVito said are more affordable raised garden bed options. She recommended using smaller sized options, which are easy to move. Fabric raised garden beds should be put on top of gravel, soil or stone — DeVito said they would make a deck too wet.

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Best Choice Products Raised Garden Bed

This weather- and warp-resistant wood raised garden bed has a 4.3-star average rating from over 2,900 reviews on Amazon, and it’s the retailer's No.1 bestseller in Planter Raised Beds. It comes with a liner that separates the wood from the soil, preserving the structure’s condition over time. The raised bed has holes in its base to allow excess water to drain out, too. It’s available in two sizes — 5 cubic feet or 8.4 cubic feet — and Best Choice Products also makes a similar raised garden bed on wheels if you’re looking for portability.

Jumbl Raised Canadian Cedar Garden Bed

Jumbl’s raised garden bed is made from cedar wood, which the brand said prevents warping and wood rot, as well as repels insects. The bed comes with all the parts and hardware you need to assemble it, and it stands 30 inches above the ground. A liner is also included with the bed, which is available in four sizes. The bed has a 4.5-star average rating from over 700 reviews on Amazon.

Mixc Raised Garden Bed

You can move this raised garden bed around your patio, deck or backyard as it has two wheels and a handle to roll like a wheelbarrow. The bed has a shelf on the bottom and hooks on the side to store tools and other items, and its planter box features drainage holes. It comes in two sizes, both of which stand 31 inches tall. The bed has a 4.3-star average rating from 97 ratings on Amazon.

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YaheeTech 3 Tier Raised Garden Bed

You can stack the boxes of this garden bed to create a three-tier structure, or use each box individually on the ground. The bed is made from fir wood and comes with all the hardware needed for assembly. It has a 4.6-star average rating from over 490 reviews on Amazon.

Giantex Raised Garden Bed

Adding a pop of color to your deck or yard, this bright green raised garden bed has a 4.2-star average rating from over 180 reviews on Amazon. It’s available in three sizes and features drainage holes. The bed is constructed from steel panels and has reinforced corners, too. It comes with all the hardware you need for assembly.

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Foyuee Galvanized Raised Garden Bed

Measuring 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, this bed provides you with space to plant a large garden. It’s built with thick galvanized metal and features crossbars with an anti-rust coating to stand up to the elements season after season. The bed has a 4.7-star average rating from over 1,200 reviews on Amazon.

Greenes Fence Raised Garden Bed

Made from pine wood, Greenes Fence’s garden beds come in over a dozen different shapes and sizes — you can choose the one that best fits your property. All beds can be assembled without tools as their walls slide into posts to create the frame. Beds can also be stacked on top of each other to add height, or arranged next to one another to create longer and wider areas to garden in. Green Fences’ raised garden beds have a 4.3-star average rating from over 200 reviews on Amazon.

Zizin Metal Raised Garden Bed

Zizin’s raised garden bed is constructed from galvanized metal and it features a reinforced frame and corners to remain intact for multiple seasons. The bed is available in two sizes — 5.7 feet long and 6 feet long— and it can be assembled without additional tools. It has a 4.5-star average rating from over 200 reviews on Amazon.

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King Bird Reinforced Card Frame Raised Garden Bed

This bed is constructed from 2-ply galvanized steel and can be assembled without tools. It comes with two pairs of gardening gloves and gardening tags, and has a 4.5-star average rating from more than 900 reviews on Amazon. The bed is sold in two sizes: 17 cubic feet and 31 cubic feet. The smaller bed is available in Grey, Ivory and Jade-Green, while the larger bed can be purchased in Charcoal-Grey and Green.

Clean Earth Earth Works Vinyl Raised Garden Bed

Made from white vinyl, this square bed slides together without tools. It’s lightweight, too, so you can move it around your yard or deck between seasons if you want to change the location of your garden. The bed has a 4.6-star average rating from over 100 reviews on Amazon.

Apipi Fabric Raised Garden Planter

These fabric garden beds from Apipi are made from a water-resistant polypropylene material and feature drain holes. Each garden bed has four divided sections so you can organize the different flowers or vegetables you’re growing. The brand’s planters are sold individually or in a pack of two, and they have a 4.4-star average rating from over 1,600 reviews on Amazon.

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Benefits of raised-bed gardening

Dimitrov said raised garden beds are popular because they allow gardeners to control the soil quality they’re planting in. When you’re planting in the ground, it’s hard to know the exact composure of the soil or if it has the proper nutrients your plants need to thrive. But you fill raised garden beds with the soil of your choosing, and you can be sure it’s not contaminated or stripped of essential vitamins and minerals. Dimitrov added that other benefits of raised garden beds include the soil’s ability to thaw and warm up faster than the ground, and that the beds offer better drainage.

Additionally, DeVito said raised garden beds are beneficial if your property is filled with tree roots, large shrubs or aggressive plants that make it challenging to dig in certain areas. Planting in raised garden beds is essentially a blank slate — you can start from scratch and avoid some of the challenges that come with in-ground gardening. DeVito also noted that raised garden beds make gardening easier for people with physical challenges or disabilities that make it difficult to bend over, work on their knees or squat down close to the ground.

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Soil

The first step to preparing your raised garden bed for planting is filling it with soil. DeVito said what you’re planting often dictates what type of soil you should use, but as a general rule, she relies on screened topsoil — soil without any rocks, sticks or clumps — mixed with compost. Dimitrov said you can also purchase soil that’s premixed with compost, and to look for options that feature 50 percent soil and 50 percent compost.

Water

Dimitrov said there’s no special way you need to water plants in a raised garden bed. In fact, raised garden beds are able to drain excess water from heavy rains away from plants’ root zones, which ensures that they don’t get over-saturated. DeVito said raised-bed gardens tend to dry out more than in-ground gardens, which may mean plants need to be watered more often, especially during the hot, dry summer. Overall, she recommended hand-watering plants using a hose with a shower nozzle attachment, or, for larger raised garden beds, setting up an automatic soaker hose system.

What to plant in raised gardening beds

DeVito said the only plants she would not put in a raised garden are large trees or shrubs that require a lot of space for their root systems, leaves or branches. Raised garden beds are most often used for growing food like vegetables, herbs and fruit. You can also use them for a cut flower garden or small shrubs. Devito also noted that raised garden beds are a great way to introduce kids to gardening. She said the contained area gives kids their own space to explore working with dirt and seeds, and she recommended starting kids off with growing easy, low maintenance vegetables like radishes and beans.

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Galvanized raised beds: DIY and no-build options for gardening

Galvanized raised beds have become pretty ubiquitous when it comes to materials used for raised bed gardens. What probably started as a few clever green thumbs using stock tanks (large basins traditionally used to hydrate livestock) as gardens has evolved into a whole industry of garden containers and structures that mimic the design.

Aesthetically, raised beds made from galvanized steel add a modern, clean look to a garden. Practically, they will last much longer than wood, and can be placed absolutely anywhere that gets six to eight hours of sunshine a day (less if you’re growing shade veggies). Place one on the driveway, in the middle of the lawn, or on a small patio. Unless you opt for DIY, galvanized raised beds are perfect for those who don’t have the tools, woodworking skills, or time to build a raised bed. Simply set it up, fill with soil, and plant!

I love the look of both these instant and DIY gardens. I’ve gathered some tips and styles, so you can decide if you’d like to opt for a galvanized raised bed over one made of wood, fabric, plastic, etc.

Adding soil to galvanized raised beds

The soil mix you use for raised beds made from wood can be used to fill one made of galvanized steel. One thing to be mindful of, especially if you are looking to fill a traditional stock tank, is you need a LOT of soil. This can become pricey. A soil calculator can help you determine how much you will need based on your garden’s dimensions.

Personally, I have filled all my raised beds with a good-quality triple mix soil. This mix is generally one third soil, one third peat moss, and one third compost. I usually top-dress the soil with even more compost.

soil tip for a galvanized raised bed

One question I get asked a lot in my talks is whether you need to change out the soil each year. The soil stays, but you’ll want to amend it with compost in the spring before you plant your veggies for the season. If for whatever reason you do want to change it out, see “false bottom fakery” below.

Using a stock tank as a raised bed

I love how many choices are available to gardeners who want to add that corrugated steel raised bed look to their garden. Stock tanks, as well as those round culvert pipes, are the original galvanized raised beds that have inspired a legion of styles, sizes, and heights that are manufactured specifically for gardening.

One benefit of certain traditional stock tanks is their height. For those who have trouble bending down or kneeling to weed and plant, the stock tank raises the garden up that much higher.

urban stock tank gardens

If you are turning a traditional stock tank into a garden, check to ensure there is a plug in the bottom. Remove it to create a drainage hole. If there isn’t a hole, you’ll need to create some with an HSS or HSCO drill bit (strong bits that are meant to go through steel).

Finding pre-made galvanized raised beds and kits

A lot of companies have cleverly created the look of a galvanized steel stock tank without the weight (stock tanks are heavy)—and often without the bottom, which you don’t really need. An example would be these metal raised garden bed kits from Birdies. You can simply place the frame in a garden, on pavement or flagstone, or right on a lawn and fill with soil. Be mindful of the weight of your garden with the added soil if you’d like to place it anywhere else.

modular galvanized raised beds

The best part is there are a lot of shapes and sizes available. If you have a tiny corner of sunlight, there is likely a galvanized raised bed that will fit. They also make nice additions around existing raised beds. Smaller ones can be used to grow plants you don’t want to spread throughout the rest of your garden, like mint or strawberries.

DIY options for corrugated steel raised beds

You can also use steel “sheets” to create a raised bed. When I started planning my projects for Raised Bed Revolution, I knew I wanted to include a wooden raised bed that included sides of galvanized steel (aka corrugated steel). I had the sheets pre-cut by a local company and simply screwed them to the wooden frame.

Use an HSS or HSCO drill bit to pre-drill your holes and then secure the steel to the wood with heavy-duty screws. Also, be sure to use thick work gloves when dealing with sheets—the sides are very sharp!

corrugated steel panel raised bed

In my latest book, Gardening Your Front Yard, I experimented with using a galvanized steel window well to create a raised bed. For this project, I also pre-drilled holes to screw the window well to a length of wood I had measured out to the exact size I needed.

window well raised bed

False bottom fakery

In my presentations, I like to share this tip from my gardening friend Paul Zammit. When he worked at the Toronto Botanical Garden, the public garden’s Veggie Village has several bottomless stock tanks with false “bottoms” for the soil.

Basically you just have to place large pots saved from plants upside down in the bottom. Cover with a layer of old wood, cut to length. Line the space that’s left with landscape fabric and use bull clips to keep the fabric in place. After the soil is added, remove the clips and tuck the edges of fabric into the soil. At the end of the season, you can easily send the soil to the compost pile, if you wish.

false bottom in galvanized steel raised bed

Are galvanized steel raised beds safe for growing food?

If you’re concerned about the process used to make galvanized steel, Epic Gardening has an informative article that explains why it’s safe to use these vessels as raised beds for gardening. I would recommend doing a bit of research on the manufacturer you’re looking to purchase from, as well. I used corrugated steel sheets from a local company called Conquest Steel for “Big Orange,” the raised bed I built for the Toronto Botanical Garden. These raised beds come with an assurance they are made with non-toxic materials that won’t leach into the soil.

Galvanized raised beds don’t just have to be for veggies

I’ve seen galvanized raised beds used for everything from privacy hedges to water gardens. Use them to organize different areas of the garden, or to delineate a little garden “room.”

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Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds

now including 2021 update photos that show 2-year aging

We completely- from scratch- designed and built the backyard this winter. Yes, winter. In January Chris and I started the important but not fun process of building fences and walls pouring concrete, and moving eight tons of gravel. But then we got to the fun part: the garden. Our kitchen garden, a mini potager if you will, is a series of Corten steel raised planters and it has been a great decision this season.

Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds

What is Corten Steel?

Corten steel (aka Cor-ten) is ‘weathering steel’. This trademarked name is a group of steel alloys that create a special finish on metal.

Why we used Corten Steel raised beds instead of wood

In the long run, Corten Steel was a better investment than the ‘correct’ wood you should be using in edible gardens.

Pressure treated wood, the stuff that resists degradation of weathering, is filled with chemicals. It’s literally soaked in chemicals (that’s its job!). And we don’t want that soaking into the soil we’re using to grow food. The same goes for those ‘fun DIY’ gardens where people like to use old railroad ties. Which are soaked in creosote. Which you also don’t want in your soil.

Pressure treated wood has its place. That’s why we used it to build a fence and retaining wall for our non edible garden. With that said, we also took time to line the back of the retaining wall so the soil wouldn’t directly come in contact with the dirt.

The bottom line being, the only wood you should really be using that would last a long time for an edible garden is cedar. That shit is EXPENSIVE. And eventually you do have to replace it. We ended up calculating it out that really buying Corten Steel beds would mean spending less in the long run.

You never need to paint or seal Corten since a stable rust-like look is naturally formed after several years, completely resists corrosion. (the problem with using metal outside) and you never need to worry about rain, snow, humidity etc. It’s completely resistant to frost and cracking that can happen in colder climates.

But after all that practicality…they look amazing. Chris and I describe our backyard as ‘controlled lush’. We like a ton of plants that combine and overlap and grow like crazy, but we also want modern, clean lines. Corten steel was the perfect linear, modern balance to other choices we made in the yard.

Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds
Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds
Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds
Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds
Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds

What planters did you buy?

For a longer, narrow space, we purchased 3, four by four foot square Corten steel garden planters made by Veradek and put them immediately next to each other to form a rectangular but segmented bed. We looked at multiple websites but this one was the best price by far. Recently, in 2021, we noticed retailers like Pottery Barn were starting to stock Veradek corten steel products. The Pottery Barn products, while exactly the same, are substantially more expensive and we do not recommend buying corten steel from there.

Veradek also sells corner raised planters if you choose to create walkways between your beds which, in the long run, would be my goal with a larger yard. (PS you can totally move these with you from house to house). We have used these taller raised corten in our patio dining area to break up a large brick wall with greenery, and have also purchased window box versions.

Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds

Does it go through an ugly phase with the oxidation process?

You might fall in love with the look of the product right out of the box. It’s a pretty warm metal look. I mean, I liked it! But it does get ‘better’ looking with time and if you look at photos on Pinterest of well developed gardens, you’ll typically find these planters. They don’t stand out and scream ORANGE, just modern natural vibes. They’re used at the Highline in NYC and a ton of other architecturally driven locations.

It takes different amounts of time in different climates but in general the more wet to dry moments that happen, the faster it tends to go.

In these photos you’ll notice the tops of our beds have oxidized looking ‘scratches’…it’s because we originally put them the other side up…so that’s wet grass! Those are grass blades. We could sand them off and give it a fresh start, but I think it looks totally fine.

2021 update: We still LOVE these planters. Initially, they go through a more ‘extreme’ looking phase, but absolutely mellow out. See below for updated images. From this point, they will only become more beautiful.

two year aging of corten steel raised planters
2 year aged corten steel garden planters
two year aged corten steel image

What dirt did you fill your raised beds with?

The base of these planters is totally open, meaning full drainage. Good drainage is crucial for plants, so take stock of what kind of soil your yard has before you make decisions. We wrote a garden 101 post on how to find out your soil type and how to decide what to plant.

We filled the beds with a blend of garden soil, compost and soil conditioner. It’s totally from scratch, no yard dirt to ensure no lead paint chips etc were in the soil we were growing food in. Since our house is over 100 years old..lead is just around. From there, we did a rough square by square planting method, planting items that had similar needs with each other together (basil and tomatoes and marigolds).

Did you use Preen or landscape fabric under your raised beds?

We have been asked this several times. No and no. Preen (a product that prevents weed germination) just was never part of my gardening or Chris’s gardening experience. We also chose not to use landscape fabric since we wanted to make sure worms could come up from the yard into the beds. Worms are super important for soil health.

How do you maintain your raised kitchen garden beds?

The steel requires no maintenance so it’s just about weed control, watering and fertilizing the plants inside! Most days, I spend ten minutes outside weeding, cutting off dead leaves, training tomatoes to the cedar trellis that Chris built and checking on plaint health. For the areas between plants I like to use a hand held hoe/cultivator tool to fluff the dirt and make sure nothing is trying to grow between them that shouldn’t be. And between the two of us, I think it makes the dirt look dark and clean and pretty.

two years later are you glad you planted these garden beds?

1000% yes. Maintaining a manageable garden is relaxing, useful (especially during COVID-19 quarantine), and beautiful. We will always buy corten steel planters wherever we live and highly recommend this investment purchase to anyone considering a garden.

Corten Steel: A longer lasting, more modern alternative to wood raised gardening beds

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We had cut down some trees and I knew that it would be a few years until I could start a garden in that area. I happened upon the Vego system and decided to give it a try and fell in love. I was so excited when there was a sale so I could get another one. I can't wait to set it up and re-arrange my garden for the spring and already working on what I am going to grow!

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Amazing Product

This is our 8th Raised Garden Bed from Vego garden. I am very happy - grateful customer for this incredible product. But the 32” is our first one. I am really impressed with the quality of this product. Loved the olive green color. We have rabbit 🐇 problem in our garden area. So the traditional 17” won’t deter the rabbit. The 32” is perfect. Also planting and maintaining is really easy with this height.

The assembly was really easy. I did it with the help of my 5 year old son. He loved it. What a great dad-son project. The tool they included is really good. It made the assembly so easy. Actually the assembly can be done by one person but it is always fun to have helpers. They also included round edged closed bolts for the top 2 rows. This is to prevent any cuts on your hands from the screws. This shows you how this company listens to their customers and improve their products.

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I bought the Vego garden bed not realizing that it lacked a bottom. That was my fault and I had to sell the product. Vego Garden reached out to me and really cared about my concerns… I’ve never seen customer service like that before. What an amazing company. And the product was really beautiful and high quality…hope to have a larger yard one day where I can use it.

09/22/2021

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Beautiful and Strong

These things are indestructible! I bought two 10 in 1 and one 42” round for my garden and I plan on adding at least two more in spring of 2022. Also, my children LOVE THEM (especially the infant, he keeps wanting to stand up against it and play with the crops like daddy does)

A word of advice- use the BEST SOIL you can find or make. Otherwise the beautiful raised bed is pointless because the crop will be awful.

09/22/2021

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Love these beds. I replaced my wood beds with these and I'm super happy.

I love these raised beds. I replaced my Douglas Fir sided beds (that I built at the start of 2020) with these Vego 17" beds. My hope is they last for 20 years. My wood ones were looking really shabby after just a year and a half.

These do take a fair bit of time to assemble. It takes longer than they advertise, as peeling the plastic off each side of each metal piece is a pain in the butt. But it's also kinda fun so I wouldn't worry let that deter you at all. If I were Vego I would figure out a way to avoid the shrink wrap altogether. A drill is very helpful in quickly installing all of the hardware. It makes the process go much faster. If you don't have a drill, your wrist is gonna hurt from all the hand screwing that you'll have to do. Overall, it is super easy to build these, it just takes some time (40min - 1hr). With practice, and a second set of hands, you could build one in 15-20min.

Before I installed these Vego beds, I had 11 inch tall wood beds. I'm in Southern California so water is a big issue here. I don't thin 11in is tall enough for the kind of growing I want to do. Moreover, my wood beds seemed to need constant irrigation (especially around the perimeter). I hope these metal ones will retain water better. The metal does get warm in the sun, but I watched a few YouTube videos about that and I don't think that will be a problem at all.

If you are removing an old raised bed and installing a new one, or if you're installing a new one on grass, I strongly recommend that you throw landscape fabric and/or a few layers of cardboard down before you fill it up. I have crazy crab grass that grew up through 11 inches of new soil when I put in my old wood beds. I had to weed that grass once a week or it would get out of control. When I dug the old beds out to replace them with these Vego beds, I found lots of roots coming in from nearby trees and plants. I was shocked at how many incoming roots there were (along with the crab grass). So, I took the time to put landscape fabric and cardboard down before I filled these back up. Hopefully, I fixed that problem. It was an annoying one.

Overall, I would buy these again. Time will tell how well they hold up, but I'm confident they will last a long time. They seem really solid and worth the investment. They may be more expensive than building your own wood beds, but if you take your growing seriously (as I do), then these are worth it. If they last as long as I hope, they will pay off and look way better in the long run. I wish I had bought these last year before I built my wood ones. Cheers!

09/21/2021

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So Gorgeous I Put Them in My Front Yard!

The pearl white beds look so good, I used them to create a front yard kitchen garden! One bed is filled with blueberries and strawberries, while the other has herbs and veggies. The bed were easy to put together, lightweight, and sturdy. Best of all, the material keeps the soil from becoming too hot during the summer. We’ve gotten many compliments from neighbors on these beds. This was by far one of my best garden purchases (and I’ve purchased a LOT).

09/19/2021

17" Tall 6 In 1 Modular Metal Raised Garden Bed Kit

Love the new gardens!

They were easy to put together and look lovely… a week later and added soil and seeds, just another week later and lil seedlings already sprouting! Have gotten lots of compliments and inquiries too!

09/16/2021

17" Tall Herb Garden 24" Wide - Twin Pack

Great size and quality!

This is my first Vego Garden order and I'm really pleased with the product so far. I needed some small raised beds in a tight area of the yard and these fit perfectly in that space. The two pack was exactly what I needed and I was impressed with the quality as well as the nice height of 17". Though these are called Herb Garden, I'm planning on growing a lot of small veggies as well as zucchinis. The deep 17" helps so much when I place a tall and sturdy trellis in there and it holds well. The color is a nice bright cream color which gives the garden a nice clean look. I'm really pleased and am looking to order more in the upcoming months! If you're looking to add a small bed in your yard, these are absolutely perfectly - not too small and not too big.

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Packing, assembly, and fit and finish are all perfect. New colors great. Seems like the solution that will last the longest. We have six beds that will form the basis for our garden with 1/2" stainless steel mesh under each to prevent voles / moles.

Do yourself a favor and assemble on saw horses to prevent bending over. Faster, easier. The structural cross beams make it easy to lift and shift as you layout best placement.

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08/30/2021

17" Tall 6 In 1 Modular Metal Raised Garden Bed Kit

Best Garden Containers!

I purchased two of the 6-in-1 garden containers, Pearl white. They are beautiful!!!

I shopped around prior to ordering but kept coming back to the vego containers. I liked the fact that I had options with the size - you don’t get that with other containers - and the price wasn’t bad. Once they arrived, putting them together was very easy!

My beds and trellis are in place, filled with plants and seeds and now I wait for everything to grow! I love my beds and will be ordering more in the future!

08/28/2021

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Replacing My Wood Beds With Stonegate Designs Galvanized Steel Raised Beds Part 1

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Growing food in metal raised garden bed is a crucial step in one of my house goals. I love the zen of combining beauty and function. I was able to turn a pretty ugly portion of the yard into a thing of beauty.

After days of deliberation over logistics, size, aesthetics, and cost between the different types of raised garden beds, I eventually settled on corrugated metal raised garden beds. I read several other accounts across the web and planned out my own version, a combination of the best parts, plus some fresh, original ideas. This is the result.

Thoughts and Process

Some questions I’ve been asked and have asked myself.

Will the corrugated metal rust?

Nope – it is galvanized and will last a long time. However, the galvanization is a coating on the metal. I’ve broken that layer when cutting some of the pieces and drilling holes with the screws. I’m not sure how fast rust will spread, but I am now on my way to finding out!

How hot does the metal raised garden bed get?

So far, I’ve felt the metal in 90+ degree weather. It remains fairly cool to the touch. Partially the galvanization and partially insulation from the soil on the other side. It still has a wicked glare, though.

How does this affect frozen soil?

While I don’t live in a growing zone nor climate where the soil has freezes, I was told a raised beds means warmer soil sooner, increasing the potential growing season.

Are the sheet panel edges sharp?

The precut edges aren’t sharp at all. They haven’t cut me yet and I’ve gotten pretty wild with handling them. The edges I cut with the reciprocating saw are wicked sharp. That was part of the reason for using wood corners on the outside instead of inside.

Why is the raised bed so high?

Mostly aesthetic, partially so I don’t have to bend over as far when picking shorter plants like chilies. Having a higher bed also provides a bit of disease resistance.

Where can corrugated metal sheets be purchased?

These are in the roofing section of your local home improvement or hardware store. They generally come in 8 foot, 10 foot, and 12 foot sections. I based my size on what would create the least amount of waste or leftover materials.

Are galvanized steel garden beds safe?

Absolutely! There is nothing in part of the galvanization process and steel process which will leech and harm you through the foods you grow. Zinc (from the galvanization process) poisoning comes from inhaling the metal, not ingesting it. You will hear about galvanized steel not being safe when you are cooking with it. Soil and metal garden beds are completely fine.

Planning the Metal Raised Garden Bed Layout

This whole project started when I had 3 large trees die and come down in the yard freeing up tons of potential sunlight space. I wanted to slowly tackle the yard in stages, and home-grown food was a priority. With a kind of L shaped open area between grass, bulbs, and the fence, I had a large stump to work with.

To help guild the layout and maximize potential sunlight, I put down several bricks at different parts of the day, marking shady areas. After several days of adjusting bricks to ensure the beds were in the sunlight for the most amount of time, I had a basic area to work with.

I took the time in between evaluating shade to level and grade this entire area. I also pulled up a lot of very large roots from the tree in the process. As for the weeds? One of my favorite tools is a sharp hula hoe. In addition to destroying the root systems of weeds, it tills the soil.

The shade ended up being in the perfect spot for me. I had enough of a buffer between the planned beds and fence to walk and tend to plants, which happened to be where most of the shade fell.

I lucked out with my bulbs as well. I knew the metal raised garden beds would be 8 feet long, based on metal sheet and lumber sizing in order not to have waste. The bulbs were 11-15 feet from the fence, providing enough room on each side for beds.

Leaving 4 feet width for each bed and 3 feet between them for walking, I found I would be able to fit 3 raised beds between the large stump and the shaded areas. That is 96 square feet of growing area. 96 more than I had before!

With bricks placed on each bed corner, distances between metal raised garden beds measured for comfortable walking, and making sure things were aligned in a way which looked good from multiple angles, I began trenching for irrigation.

You know those roots I mentioned. Yeah. This happened several times. It also screwed up my wonderfully leveled area. I laid down piping like this to make sure I was digging mostly straight. Let’s just say I use the term “straight trenches” very loosely. I’m also making sure to post my mistakes to properly dissuade any friends (Robert) reading this from asking for help. After filling in the trench, I have to admit I got pretty lazy on re-leveling the area. I found out just how bad I not-leveled later on.

With a lot of measurements taken, trenches dug, and an idea of how many raised beds I could fit in the area, it was time to go shopping. As an experienced DIY’er, I know that any project has a 3-trip minimum to the hardware store. I always overbuy small parts. Its terrible to have to make the drive back to the store for one measly 29 cent part.

Plans for Raised Metal Garden Bed Materials and Supplies

I wanted to use screws which would blend in with the wood, so I opted for red star headed screws.

For wood, I ended up with redwood based on availability, although cedar would have been a great option as well. I am one of those people that spends a ton of time bringing down half the pallet of lumber evaluating curves and how dry each piece is. And yes, I put it all back. I bought 16′ pieces, but you can buy 8′ as well and double the amount appropriately.

I wanted to get some kickass soil for my new raised beds, so I got a “veggie mix” which was comprised of “premium” organic topsoil, humus, mushroom compost, sand, lava fines. Each bed needed 2.25 cubic yards per bed, but I also wanted extra for some other garden areas while I was getting it delivered.

While corrugated metal was the main project, I also opted to get some pavers are build a 4th bed in order to deal with a strangely shaped area and large stump, which had me stumped for ideas. Yeah, I just went there.

In addition to building the metal raised garden beds themselves, I wanted to redo my irrigation and reroute some of the underground piping to each bed. I always buy new cement and primer for large projects, as I usually go a ways between irrigation fixes and the pvc cement expires quickly.

The adapters and connectors purchased were on a case-by-case basis. I already had some parts, and had to get more than necessary in other areas. You shouldn’t follow my irrigation purchases exactly.

Irrigation Protip: If the cement is jelly or gel like in the least bit, it has gone bad. The cement should be very runny.

List of materials for 3 metal raised garden beds:

  • Raised bed: 8′ corrugated metal galvanized – 9 pieces – $157.32
  • Raised bed: 1 pound pack 3″ red star/pax screws – $8.47
  • Raised bed: #8×3/4″ self drilling pan sheet metal screws – $7.25
  • Raised bed: 2×4-16′ redwood – 3 pieces – $57.81
  • Raised bed: Soil compost mix – 6.75 yards – $350
  • Raised bed: Tan pavers – 60 pieces – $31.18
  • Irrigation:Purple primer – $6.41
  • Irrigation:PVC cement – $5.40
  • Irrigation: 3/4″ Thinwall 10′  – 3 pieces – $5.70
  • Irrigation: 1/2×3/4 pvc male adapters  – 3 pieces – $3.42
  • Irrigation: 3/4 pvc el45 slips – 2 pieces – $2.28
  • Irrigation: 3/4 pvc 90 degree elbow – 3 pieces – $1.41
  • Irrigation: 3/4×1/2 pvc bushing – 2 pieces – $1.92
  • Irrigation: 3/4″ pvc coupling  – 2 pieces – $0.95
  • Irrigation:Manifold with adjustable flow 4 outlets – 3 pieces – $17.34
  • Total cost: $681.51. Without the soil, that is $110.40 per bed.

Tools and Equipment Used

Estimated Time

  • Planning, thinking, measuring, prepping land: 5 days
  • Irrigation setup: 3 hours
  • 3 raised beds materials purchase and assembly: 1/2 day
  • Moving dirt: 1 day
  • Planting: 1 hour

Irrigation

The plan was to run 3/4″ lines from 2 main pipes. Based on distance and roots discovered, I didn’t want to feed all three beds from the same line. I also wanted to minimize the amount of elbows I would need to fit. If I had to dig around in the future, simplifying the lines would make this easier to not break things.

I discovered another secret to plumbing irrigation. I wanted to photograph some of the process for this blog, so I managed to convince my dad to do a lot of the work for me. I told him the entire point of my blog was a long-term plot to get him to do the shitty part of the work for me. I like to think it worked.

He started by priming both ends of the pipes. When connecting multiple pieces together, try to do them all at once and quickly. You must wait 15 minutes before moving them around to allow the cement to cure. If you have to do 4 or 5 pieces on a strange turn, as pictured below, that can be a lot of wasted time.

You’ll also want to keep a couple clean rags nearby. A clean work area and clean pipes will ensure you have a problem-free process. After applying the purple primer, add on a nice thick gob of cement, covering all sides. Try not to inhale. Push the fittings together and hold them together tightly for about 20 seconds. This is a good time to ensure things are straightish and aligned correctly. You won’t get another chance unless you want to cut and redo things.

I somehow managed to plan the beds with the biggest root found right where I wanted to place one of the irrigation manifolds, dead center in a bed. I adjusted for off center, but it was still a bear to get into place. Correction: It was a bear for my dad. When placing vertical pipes, it is crucial to make sure they are straight. A level is recommended to assist with this.

If the pipes aren’t perfectly straight, the mistake shows up immediately. Short of redoing the entire thing, there isn’t much you can do about it. I got the idea about using a level on the third pipe plumbed, featured in the forefront.

The curing process for the irrigation takes a couple hours, which meant it was time for building the actual raised beds while the PVC cement did its thing.

DIY Corrugated Metal Raised Garden Beds

Cutting the corrugated metal panels

With x9 8 foot panels, 3 needed to be cut into 4 foot pieces for the ends. The sheets were laid out on some scrap lumber to keep them above the ground and the reciprocating saw was put to work. 4′ / half was measured out and marked with a sharpie to stay on task with the reciprocating saw.

In cutting the panels, I ended up being so happy to have an extra set of hands helping. The extra pair helped in stabilizing the metal and keeping it from shaking too much from all the saw action.

As you can see below, the cut edges are pretty sharp. The redwood 2×4 corners would serve to help mask imperfections and prevent accidental injuries.

Redwood Corners

The redwood 2×4’s were all cut down into 2 foot pieces. But therein lies a problem. You’ll notice when you buy lumber, 2x4s are all slightly smaller. An 8 foot piece will yield 3 four foot pieces and a fourth slightly smaller piece, plus you have to account for the width of your saw blade removing wood. The found solution was to make sure whichever piece was short was used on the backside of the assembled bed.

Sours: https://www.mklibrary.com/how-to-build-metal-raised-garden-bed/

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