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Is buying a raised garden bed kit cheaper than building one?

Is buying a raised garden bed kit cheaper than building one?

Raised garden beds are a great way to make the most of your space and grow your veggies. Building them yourself can be a fun project and cost-effective, but it can also take up a lot of time. If you don’t have the time or tools, consider buying one.

The good news is that many raised garden bed kits are available at garden centers, hardware stores, and big box retailers. Some come with just the base, while others include soil and plants. The cost of these kits varies depending on whether you buy them online or in person and if they come with everything included.

garden bed
garden bed

If you’re not sure what type of kit is best for your needs, here’s what to consider:

How much do I want to spend?

There are many options for purchasing raised garden beds, but prices range from $ 20 to $ 100+. This may be your route if you’re looking for something inexpensive that will only last a while! However, if durability is vital, look for something sturdy that will last multiple seasons before needing replacement parts or repairs (or even better yet — something that doesn’t need replacement parts).

How much space do I have? 

Before purchasing materials for your raised garden bed kit, determine your space in your yard or garden plot. If you have enough room for two or more separate beds, consider placing them close together to form one larger bed filled with soil and plants.

 Do I have kids or pets? 

If you have kids or pets and want them to be able to play in your yard, then your bed should be at least waist-high for safety reasons. That makes getting a kit more expensive since most come with 6-foot frames instead of 4-foot ones like most people need for their yards.

The good news is that some companies make kits specifically for families with small children or pets (they often call them “pet-proofed” because they include things like gates). These kits are more expensive but may still be worth it if you want something that will last a long time and keep everyone safe from harm.

If you’re looking for a kit that isn’t specifically pet-proofed, then you should ensure the kit comes with a 6-foot frame. This will ensure that your bed is at least waist high, making it harder for children or pets to fall off.

garden bed
garden bed

 How much time do I have? 

If you only have a few spare hours each week and want to spend gardening rather than assembling raised beds, there are better options than building your own from scratch. On the other hand, if you plan to use this as an outdoor activity for kids or teens in the spring or summer and want to get them involved in growing their veggies, a DIY project may be the thing.

Do I have space for a raised garden bed? 

Before planning how to build a raised garden bed, ensure you have enough space for one. Raised beds occupy more room than regular in-ground gardening because they are elevated above ground level with soil mounded around their sides. This means they take up more space in your yard than traditional gardens, planted flat on the ground with soil filling around them.

If you need more room for an elevated bed, consider planting vegetables directly into the ground instead of building a raised bed. It will take longer for the plants to mature than in a high bed, but it may be worth it if you need more room to spare in your yard or garden area.

Do I want a raised garden bed that looks nice? 

If you want your garden bed to look different from a pile of lumber, buy one instead of building it yourself. Raised beds can be made of wood but are also available in plastic and metal. Some are even made with concrete blocks. If you’re going for something that looks more like a traditional garden bed, the best way is with wood or metal.

garden bed
garden bed

Do I have a large family? 

You will need a raised garden bed kit if you have a large family. A large family has to rely on their resources to get food for the day. This means that they should grow their vegetables, fruits, and plants. If there is no garden space in the yard, it is better to buy a raised garden bed kit than build one.

The cost of a raised garden bed kit will also depend on the material used in making it and its size. Some people like buying kits because they are easy to install and do not require special skills or tools to install them properly.

When buying a raised garden bed kit, ensure that it has enough room for your plants and vegetables because some kits are small while others are large enough to hold more than ten plants at once. You can also choose what type of materials you want your kit made from depending on your environment and the amount of money you have available for purchasing such kits.

What’s my budget?

In my experience, buying a kit is always cheaper than building one.

The main reason is that you have to buy your materials upfront. Even if you’re buying a nice, pre-made bed kit, you still have to buy the lumber and screws or nails to build it. Those can be expensive if you still need to get them around the house.

Even if you have the materials on hand, they still cost money to buy when you need them; then, there’s the time required to go to the store and get them. It takes time away from other things you could be doing, like working on your garden or getting ready for spring.

Another factor is that most pre-made raised bed kits come with everything — even the soil! You can drive home with your new garden bed kit and start planting immediately without waiting for anything else.

garden bed
garden bed

Advantages of Buying a Raised Garden Bed Kit

You can get precisely what you want. If you’re building a raised garden bed from scratch, chances are it will take some time to find all the parts you need and figure out what they do. If you buy a kit, all that work is done for you. It’s also easier to buy equipment if you have no carpentry experience or need more time to learn it.

A kit will save money in the long run. Good tools, such as a saw and hammer, are enough to build your raised garden beds. But it may take longer than expected if you’re not experienced with carpentry. You could also need more tools than expected (if something breaks), which would add to your costs.

There are fewer risks associated with buying a kit than building one yourself because someone else has already tested it out for you and found any potential problems before selling their product on the market.

You can also get a kit that is designed specifically for your needs. For example, if you’re building raised garden beds, ensure they are tall enough or have the correct number of plants before buying a kit.


Looking at the above list, it’s hard not to be tempted. Buying a kit may be the best option if your primary concern is affordability. But that’s not the only thing you need to be concerned with: you must also consider whether it will work for you in your situation. And that’s where building a garden bed can come into its own—after all, it’s designed around the shape of your garden and needs to give you the leeway to choose precisely how big or small you want. Cost should not be the deciding factor when choosing a course of action.


Gardening blogger

Meet Even, a distinguished collaborator at Green Giant. With over a decade of hands-on experience in the niche of raised garden bed cultivation, she brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge to our team. Her expertise, honed over years of experimental gardening, provides an insightful perspective on the practicalities and nuances of this unique form of horticulture.

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