5 on the Farm: CHEAP Raised Bed Garden

How to make raised beds out of free wood pallets. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you aren’t using a perforated liner, or something that allows water to drain, you’ll need to, carefully, put holes in your plastic after stapling it to your pallets. Like our 5 on the Farm series? Subscribe to this station!

25 Responses to “5 on the Farm: CHEAP Raised Bed Garden”

  1. Hey, just saw this and what a great idea. Wish I had room to do this. Maybe one day when I get some land. I’m 6’4″ tall and I would LOVE to have something that high up and not stoop over! Thanks for the vid.

  2. I love to recycle things! Thanks for the idea. Cool shirt, I love cows too.

  3. Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. Best wishes to all of you.

  4. Awesome! Thanks for this video! This would make gardening for older people like me much easier! And I love making things out of pallets!

  5. im wondering how long those pallets will last. im building my beds out of concrete cinderblocks due to the fact i dont EVER wanna replace them. what’s a thought on the longevity of these? 2-3 years? im thinking inside a greenhouse, i might get a few more years out of them…. nice videos, keep them coming. i will start posting on mine soon, and will compare notes. :)

  6. So I guess if you want to plant root vegis, just put the shelf on a lower rung? You also avoid gophers with this, I’ll bet. Those are a great idea.

  7. @ConcernedMushroom Thanks so much.  (And love your user name.)

  8. great idea! great video!  and i LOVED your t-shirt!

  9. @warchild1976 We explained that in the text overlayed in the video (see marker 2:20.) We also said that in the description of the video, and in comments above.

  10. one thing not said drain holes gota have drain holes

  11. You could totally have a chicken-run under the raised-beds! Wow : )

  12. @ThreeEyedTeddyBear Your comment CRACKED me up. Lee is actually an engineer, but you’d never know it to look at him – and that’s just the way he likes it.

    He was planning to put up instructions on our website, but pallets vary so much, you kind of have to make it up as you go along. Hopefully, you won’t have trouble finding good supplies!

  13. ThreeEyedTeddyBear Reply December 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    This video was amazing and I’ll be honest form the shirt I was expecting something less but for that I apologize. I’m cheap as hell when I can be and I low how interesting it looks. If you add on PLEASE make another video doing everything from getting the pallets to filling in the dirt just to see exactly how it’s done and make sure I don’t skip needed steps

  14. what a great idea and appreciate the audio along with it.

  15. @MIgardener Thanks!

  16. @4GreenEarth2 You need to either buy a perforated liner, or poke holes in the bottom yourself. We poked holes because we’re thrifty.

  17. @abuelita23xxx Yes. We went deeper for the plants that have deeper root systems. It worked amazingly-well for the vine plants, like cucumbers, melons and squash because they could spread down the sides.

  18. awesome idea! thanks for sharing!!

  19. This is amazing! Thanks so much for the idea. I suppose you could even go down a shelf or so to plant taller plants, eh? Gotta take this and run with it. Thanks again.Very creative.

  20. Great idea – but I didn’t see any info about drainage.

  21. I love this idea! It is just great!

  22. great video.

  23. Wow! What a great idea!

  24. @babzc Thanks! We’re very happy with how much easier they are than traditional gardens. It really doesn’t seem like work…

  25. Our raised beds are doing AMAZINGLY well. In the 4 weeks since we planted, the garden has exploded. In two sections, we used fresh compost. We ran out of the “good stuff” and switched to a combination of soil and old barn compost. There was a crazy difference in growth. Check out the photos on our FB page: facebook.com/pages/Road-to-Simplicity/303189950282