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Almost-Instant Raised Garden

Melissa is the assignment editor and contributing writer for SheKnows Home and Living. While other little girls were playing dress up with Barbie, Melissa was busy remodeling Barbie's house. She now lives out her dream covering design an...

Take a shortcut by repurposing a dresser to create a raised bed garden frame.

This idea from our friends at Diggerslist is too good not to share. If you're thinking about building a raised garden bed for flowers or veggies, you won't want to miss this shortcut!


This idea from our friends at Diggerslist is too good not to share. If you're thinking about building a raised garden bed for flowers or veggies, you won't want to miss this shortcut!

Meg shared her experience using an old dresser to create an instant raised bed on the Diggerslist blog. Pull out the drawers and turn it on its side for an instant garden! I love this idea because it's very easy and sustainable. Even if you don't have an old dresser to convert, you could easily find a cheap one at a yard sale (or on Diggerslist) for the same price as the boards you would need to build a raised bed from scratch.

Depending on what you're planting, you may not want a bottom on the raised bed; some plants root deep. For that purpose, you could take the back off the dresser or even use an old bookcase that has no back.

As Meg mentions, the dresser material will dictate if waterproofing is required. I'd avoid any dressers made of pressboard altogether because they're going to swell and split as they take on water. Look for something in a solid hardwood---cedar would be ideal because it naturally repels pests. If your dresser is stained or finished, strip it before putting it in the garden so peeling varnish doesn't flake off into the soil as the unit gets weathered.

If you're wondering what to do with the dresser drawers, check out Meg's suggestion here>>>

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