Materials for Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

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Materials for Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

To determine the best materials to use in creating your raised vegetable garden beds we need to consider things like location, weather, and design. If your sole purpose is to grow vegetables, then using timber for your garden bed frame is enough. If your reason to build one is not just for vegetable growing but for beautifying your garden as well, then you may need to use concrete materials for that, but of course it will still depend on your house’s settings or your taste itself. Having said these, let’s discuss some of the materials that we can use for building raised vegetable garden beds and its benefits.

Here are things that we can use to build raised vegetable garden beds depending on their qualities and your needs.

Raised vegetable garden bed frame materials


Light weight and easy to use, timber makes good building material for your garden bed frame simply because it will allow you to relocate your garden beds for a lesser amount of work and time compared to using concrete building materials. The best types of lumber that we can use are Redwood and Cedar, which are known for their natural resistance to insects and rot. We can also opt to use fabricated lumber like Trex, which is made from recycled materials like sawdust, wood, plastic, etc., or UV stabilized Food Grade Approved materials like Polyethylene.

Bricks and other concrete materials

The use of this kind of materials requires a lot planning before the actual construction. Concrete materials are commonly used for permanent raised vegetable garden beds because of their long-lasting qualities.

Scrap materials

These are things that we commonly find around the house that we normally throw away. Using these kind of materials require creativity and resourcefulness to be able to make them look beautiful and make them blend with their surroundings.

A friend once used scrapped bulldozer tires in building his raised vegetable garden beds. What he did was to line the tires in pairs then placed the last one right in the middle of the four tires, painted them creatively to make them look like concrete designs, filled them to the brim with garden soil mixed with cow manure, and started growing cabbages on them.

Garden Soil Composition

Sandy soils are known to be the warmest type of soil. Sandy soils are a combination of clay, silica, and quartz. The advantage of using this type of soil for your raised vegetable garden beds is that you can plant anytime of the year and is easy to cultivate but on the other hand, it’s not good for plant foods, and its course grained qualities doesn’t allow the soil to retain moisture.

Loam is referred to as the perfect combination of sand and clay; it is most suitable soil for planting vegetables. Sand allows the roots to move easily while the clay is perfect for plant foods. In wet weather it allows water to percolate easily and in dry weather it retains some moisture in the soil make it still possible for plants to survive.

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