Recyled Raised Beds

comments (18) March 30th, 2011 in Gallery

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I had an old above ground aluminum pool with interlocking side pieces that I was going to get rid of. It was 4 feet high X 16 feet wide X 32 feet long. I cut the sides into 1-foot pieces and was able to make nine 3-ft X 12-foot raised boxes.

I put 2X3s around the top and anchored the boxes to the ground with 1-1/4-inch PVC pipe, which 1-inch irrigation pipe fits into to make the hoops. I stapled row cover to 1X2s that attach to the 2X3s with wing nuts for easy removal. This also works with plastic, too.

The hoops come out for working the soil. I'm still working on the compost to fill the boxes. I have all the dip irrigation ready to go once the boxes are full.


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Comments (18)

Arthorbrown writes: its great work
Posted: 12:24 am on November 9th
LeahScammell writes: Great job..
Posted: 12:49 am on November 7th
LeahScammell writes: Great job..
Posted: 12:49 am on November 7th
sethlewis45 writes: I really like this
Posted: 4:18 am on November 3rd
Bethanymullins writes: great job
Posted: 2:36 am on October 28th
kerrystone65 writes: Great work..... Keep it up
Posted: 2:05 am on October 26th
Emily_Rose writes: Very inspiring
Posted: 5:57 am on December 18th
Robzikshi writes: Great work done
Posted: 5:13 am on May 21st
rushgarden writes: Great way to recycle an old pool. Maybe to be safe, just line it with plastic sheeting? I will be on the look out for old pools for sale!

Posted: 3:12 pm on May 15th
sanni2701 writes: I love it, looks like a professional nursery!I soooo wish I was a talented craftswoman. Comes in handy when you're a gardener as well. Greetings, Sanni
Posted: 12:00 am on February 28th
Juliac4 writes: For the person with the in ground pool I saw a story of ag couple that drained there pool and had it filled up with top soil and created there vegetable garden
Posted: 8:14 pm on December 28th
ljva writes: How long are the 1" irrigation pipes?
Posted: 6:49 pm on April 25th
myseasons writes: Clever.
Now, has anyone any idea what I can do with my in ground pool. Have given up on it for swimming. Too cold, and I don't want to waste the energy to heat it. It is a great sun spot. How to put plants there? Any ideas?
Posted: 8:42 pm on April 23rd
Hoophound writes: The ingenuity of gardeners never fails to amaze me! Reusing the swimming pool is a great idea.
I also recommend the use of irrigation pipe, 1" if possible, because it is so easy to manage, it curves nicely and most important it is made to be UV resistant so doesn't break down.
Here is a tip. If you are looking for some try asking people who install irrigation if they have any old stuff that they have removed or replaced. There will probably be splits in it but that doesn't matter to you as you will not be putting water through it.
We found some that a local farmer had tossed out and we are still using it today more than 6 years later.
Posted: 6:45 pm on April 23rd
ploppyc writes: I've been told that my use of PVC pipes as hoops makes my veggies non-organic as chemicals bleed into the soil. True? False?
Posted: 10:33 am on April 23rd
Paulkjzr writes: Filling raised beds with compost? Recommendation from experts is no more than 50% mixed with good topsoil. I spread 1 to 3 inches on the top of my bed and work it into existing soil

I like the idea of reusing existing material. All together now: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle"

Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease - I would not worry about it. Here is a statement from the Alzheimer Society: "At this point, there is no convincing evidence that aluminum increases a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease."
Posted: 7:44 am on April 23rd
janeacademy writes: I also love to recycle BUT! aluminum has been linked with Alzheimer's Disease. Which is a terrible way to lose a loved one. I would be very concerned about excessive amounts of aluminum leaching into the soil and subsequently the vegetables you feed your family.
Posted: 5:22 am on April 23rd
RachaelG writes: Beautiful idea. They look great and you will be able to grow a lot there.
Posted: 2:23 pm on April 11th
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