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How to make a cheap and easy vegetable garden at home

Updated on June 29, 2014
Vegetable Garden border using concrete masonry blocks
Vegetable Garden border using concrete masonry blocks | Source

You can make a cheap and cost effective vegetable garden at home without breaking the budget. Forget about going to hardware stores to find expensive hardwood timbers, forget about buying readymade garden beds at costly prices as you can make your own vegetable garden with little expense. You might have to buy some of the materials but they should be very cheap to buy new or secondhand.

One of the cheapest ways to make your vegetable garden beds it to use materials that you have lying around your home. If you can’t find these materials then you should have a look around a recycling shop or local demolition yard. You should never buy new materials.

I have made my garden beds from left over concrete blocks from my house construction. These concrete blocks are sometimes referred to as concrete masonry blocks or Besser Blocks. If your house construction is from clay bricks than why not use these?

If you build your vegetable garden borders from concrete blocks then you could use the open part of the block to grow fruit or vegetables like strawberries. Strawberries would make a good vegetable garden edging as they tend to overtake a vegetable patch and you could control the runners to only growing within the concrete block cores. Also Strawberries are a small plant and therefore you would not damage or have to lean over them to get to your main fruits and vegetables.

If you have some timber boards laying around then these would make ideal vegetable garden bed borders.
If you have some timber boards laying around then these would make ideal vegetable garden bed borders. | Source

Quick points on where to find inexpensive garden bed materials...

  • Find materials that you might have on hand already.
  • Build raised garden beds by using left over construction bricks or blocks.
  • Buy second hand materials from your local recycle shop.
  • Look for bargains on local sale websites like Gumtree or Craigslist
  • Keep your eye out for thrown materials at residential construction sites.
  • Find bargains on local Facebook community Buy, Swap and Sell pages.
  • Go to garage sales and keep you mind open for the opportunity to buy garden bed materials

A concrete block edged vegetable garden is an easy vegetable garden to create. You can lay your blocks out in a rectangular shape (or whatever shape suits your yard space) and then all you have to do is fill the garden bed with a good potting mix soil. This style of vegetable garden is sometimes referred to as a ‘No Dig’ vegetable garden. If you have existing lawn or turf, simply mow the area short, where you intend putting the vegetable garden, and lay out your blocks in that area. You could apply a layer of wet newspaper over the bottom of the vegetable garden but there is really no need.

Your new vegetable garden will be very user friendly. You could lock your concrete blocks together with mortar and set them in place with concrete footings however there is really no need to do this. Moreover it will be easier to move your vegetable garden if you move address or you can move your vegetable garden if you find it is in the wrong spot.

So, to enjoy a cost effective vegetable garden why not consider using materials that you may already have around your home. With the use of concrete building blocks, which only cost a few dollars when they are new, you will be able to make an easy, no dig vegetable patch. With all the money that you save on building materials for your vegetable garden borders you’ll be able to go to your local nursery and start planning what seedlings you will buy!

Good luck and good gardening.


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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Great information at the right time for us. Just moved and we so so want to turn this jungle into a vegetable garden and herbs and maybe an apple tree......

      Thanks a lot.

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      You have a valid point use what is available. In almost all gardens I have seen the border is made of treated lumber. There is nothing wrong with concrete blocks. Good information.

    • LeonJane profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks akirchner, yep using what you have at home is so much better than buying new~

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Definitely agree and that's why I try to reuse everything I have every year to plant stuff in...I even used some old styrafoam coolers - and they work really well!


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