Spring just won't stop encouraging us to expand our garden. And if things go well, and we're able to talk management into giving us the ok, we'll be putting in a couple of raised beds in a common area at our apartment complex soon. That said, we're interested in planting--not woodwork (after an experience trying to build our own shelves, you'd understand)--so gardening kits are right up our alley.
We love the Scout Regalia kit because it encourages reuse of what you've got. But here are a few more great ideas to get you in the dirt a bit faster if you're like us and, let's face it, your D-I-Y version could end up costing a bunch more when you count the "oops" factor.
Kiwi Collapsible Collars (pictured), made of solid wood and galvanized steel hinges, are flat-packed and great for starting your small square-foot garden. At just $35 each, they're a shoe-in for the budget mindful. They're stackable and paintable, so customize away.
Orcaboard raised bed kits come in a variety of sizes and heights, and are made of recycled milk jugs. They're non-toxic and are guaranteed for 50 years. They're priced from $66 to $212, and various accessories (like a top rail for sitting while gardening) are available.
Raised garden bed kits from Naturalyards offer a vast variety of sizes. Made of kiln-dried Port Oxford cedar, they can withstand all sorts of elements and resist rot. While they're higher on the price scale and aren't made from recycled materials, they are made to last up to 30 years (durable goods, anyone?). Plus, they're rather pretty--they stack with an air of simple yet refined architectural integrity (think Lincoln logs).
These recycled plastic garden kits from American Recycled Plastic are $88 to $310, and can be put together in a few minutes with the use of a screwdriver.
So, good luck as you put together your raised beds. For those of you skilled and brave enough to build your own, we're very proud of you and we'll get there one day, we promise.
Photo from Kiwi Collars Ltd.