When building your own raised garden bed, one of the decisions you will have to make is which material to build it out of. While most beds you’ll find online when looking for inspiration are made from wood, a raised garden bed can in reality be made from almost anything. The following is an introduction to the best materials for raised garden beds.
Considerations when choosing a material
The most important thing when choosing a material for your raised garden bed, is that the material you choose is one you’re comfortable working with. If you want a good-looking design that works and gives you all the benefits of a raised garden bed, you need to make sure that the material is not holding you back. While there is no correct answer to which material is the best, there is a reason why wood is perhaps the most popular, and the one you see the most in photos. This is because wood is easy to work with and allows even the most inexperienced gardener to get started without too much effort.
Choosing the right material for your raised garden bed
As we’ve already established, a raised bed can be built from just about any type of material you can get your hands on. With so many options, let’s have a look at the best raised garden bed materials.
Let’s just get this one out of the way first. Wood is a cheap material that is easy to work with. It allows just about anyone to get set up in a matter of hours and there’s no limit to the raised garden bed designs you can make with this material. While most people build their beds out of a cheaper wood such as Douglas fir, there are also plenty of varieties of wood to choose from, some of which are rot-resistant and will last up to twice as long, as their cheaper counterparts.
This is another cheap material that is readily available. It’s a simple material to work with and can be used in a lot of different designs. Brick is also very durable and once built, your raised bed will need very little maintenance and last for a long time. Raised garden beds made from brick should be sealed with cement or another sealant in order to prevent weeds from spreading into the soil.
Much like brick, cinder blocks are cheap and accessible. They are versatile and have a long lifespan. The drawback when it comes to cinder blocks is perhaps that they don’t look as good as wood or bricks. As with brick, measures should be taken to prevent the spread of weeds from the soil below into the raised bed.
Various types of metal can be used to build raised garden beds. While metal is generally a harder material to work with, they have a very long lifespan with little to no maintenance. Aside from literally building a garden bed from metal, you can also breathe new life into used metal containers, such as filing cabinets by transforming them into beautiful planters.
This one is a bit more creative. Old tires can be used to create amazing-looking raised planters. These tire planters can be painted and stacked on top of each other to make interesting looking designs. The price for this type of raised bed varies depending on the type and size of tire. Even though the material here is rubber and not “tires”, we like this idea so much that it still earned a spot on the best raised garden bed materials.
Combining multiple materials
The beauty of raised garden beds is that your imagination is the only limit to the designs you can build. If you cannot decide on a single material, there are plenty of garden bed designs incorporating multiple materials in one design which can often look even more amazing.