What are some of your favorite DIY garden projects? Raised beds, rain barrels, trellises...

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by m.kitchengirl, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there.
    I plan to expand my garden this year. My sons are on vacation this week, and it is time to make some raised beds.
    I want them to be attractive(ish) and easy for myself & my 12 year old to build.
    Affordable would be nice, too.

    I have some ideas, but then I thought - all those creative BYCers must have some GREAT stuff in their gardens.
    So, let's see 'em - raised beds, fences, trellises, neat tomato cages ...
    Drop some DIY garden ideas on me. Pictures would be fabulous, but I can find inspiration in a few sentences, too. [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. urban escapee

    urban escapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have raised beds made from landscape timbers and 2x10's cut down. They work really well for me even if they are on the short side of things. I have a couple of others made from Cinderblocks that are a bit taller. I found this pic and thought it was awesome for tomato cages. I am using left over lightweight field fence as a trellis for my gourds and flowering vines. (it divides my backyard from my septic field so I know where NOT to plant edibles). I also have some towers that my husband welded for me over 10 years ago, I just keep taking them with me when I move. They are at least 8 feet tall after I put them in the ground, and are great for holding up more vining flowers. My rangoon creeper looked awesome on it. When I moved, I dug it up and transplanted it. It seems to like its new home.

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  3. texas75563

    texas75563 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    20 years or so ago we used a hole saw to cut holes in plastic barrels. We planted our strawberries in that. That worked good. Over time you lose a lot of soil out of those holes. We still have and use those barrels.

    2 years ago we caught up with the times and made us 2 more. A little more work involved. Better design than a round hole for dirt to fall out of. [​IMG]
     
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  4. jbschickens

    jbschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    This is such a great idea! I was going to grow strawberries next year and this would be an awesome way for them to not take up a ton of space!

    Also, I am working on making raised beds. I framed them out with 1x8 boards and it seems to be working really well so far.
     

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