I’ve been garden-less for the past two years and wanted to put together an easy DIY garden bed. So in true fashion, I started looking into MANY different designs:
- RootSimple‘s strawbale raised bed was surely on my mind. They used strawbales and mixed manure with lots of nitrogen. The idea seems great and the results look impressive.
- There is also the Keyhole garden design I wrote about earlier. Great design and I love how accessible the garden becomes. Also it integrates the composting, which I like.
- Lastly, I still had in the back of my mind the most resent gardens I built. One wast the corrugated metal hugelkultur style bed. Which cost me nearly $300 and was lost due to us moving within the year. It did however hold moisture really well and kept most animals out.
- The other was the last garden upgrade from when I lived in Silverlake. This one was effective yet expensive as I bought about 9 bags of organic soil and 3 of steer manure.
After thinking of all these designs and looking at our available resources, we decided to make yet another hybrid. Shocking, right? The main reason I went with a new design is, well, availability and price. Except for the drip irrigation, which I’ll mention more of further down, this only cost me time. There is also the value added of the free workout.
How I built this Cheap and Easy DIY Garden Bed:
As a side note, you might notice the yellow “flags”. This is all that is needed as a deer deterrent. I’ve heard in the past that they will not jump over “floppy” things. I must report that it actually works. Now if only bunnies, gophers, mice and rats felt the same way…
Building the garden bed:
I gathered the straw from down the road and placed it according to the ever evolving plan. I was originally planning on doing several East to West facing beds, however I decided to go with a design that keeps all of the mass together. This, I hope, creates better soil biodiversity and avoids an “island” effect. Also, as you will notice, there are no wood frames to this bed. The reason is twofold. First, not having the frames creates more edge. Edge, in the Permaculture sense, meaning more space for things to happen. The second reason is money… I decided to build this with as little money inputted as possible.