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Apr 16, 2018 11:48 AM CST
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Suggestions on what to use to build an inexpensive raised bed?

Also best way to get soil cheap?

I teach preschool at an outdoor school and I'd really like to build a raised bed with them. I'd typically ask the owner to buy the supplies but she just bought the school and our budget isn't very big so I'm forced to front it myself if I wanna do it. I'd like to spend under $20 building it. I don't mind if it only lasts like 1-2 seasons. By then hopefully she'll build a nicer one. Lowe's has the maricle grow soil for 5 for $10 which isn't too bad. But if I've got a 6x12 raised bed it'll take a decent amount of soil.
Apr 16, 2018 12:46 PM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Lumber is expensive, there's really no way around that. And you need high-quality, rot-resistant lumber for raised beds not just because it lasts longer but also because cheaper wood that rots within 1-2 years will also harbor more insects, diseases, fungus, and moisture.

That said, I would check Habitat for Humanity stores, ask around at construction sites, and so forth. You may even be able to find free bricks/masonry. You can also sometimes find relatively good-quality topsoil being sold by the truck instead of by the bag. In the long-run that's cheaper but the quality can vary a lot.
Apr 16, 2018 2:20 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Why do you need a raised bed?
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Apr 16, 2018 2:47 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Twenty bucks?
Better if you drove around where where some one is redong a building, scrap lumber out of a dumpster is free.
Dirt, get a shovel and dig, although real crappy small bags sometimes can be found for two bucks a bag depending on what hardware store you have over there.
Apr 17, 2018 5:54 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Apr 17, 2018 7:53 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Hi Pink 😀
Also, thinking outside the box 👍😀.
Neighbor trash clean-ups are good source too. 👍👍

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Apr 17, 2018 9:33 AM CST
Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a)
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It isn't the best but it is cheap and fast...
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