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Raised Garden Beds Made From Garage Door Panels
When John Gerhardt’s neighbor replaced his garage door, the old panel sections were going to be tossed. As they were made from metal and were filled with insulation foam, local recyclers weren’t interested in taking them.
Gerhardt thought they would make good raised flower and garden beds.
Gerhardt used the panels to build 4 by 8-ft. and 4 by 16-ft. raised beds.
“I used 2 by 6’s to frame up the panels and screwed them to 4 by 4 corner posts,” he says.
At 18-in. in height, Gerhardt knew they would require a huge amount of soil, so he came up with a unique solution.
He gathered all the empty milk bottles he could from the recycle depots, left their caps on to keep them inflated and covered the bases of the planter bottoms. Then, he laid landscape fabric over the jugs and added soil.
“I needed less than half the soil I otherwise would have needed. With barely a foot of dirt in them, the plants grow like crazy.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Gerhardt, 1537 Lakeshore Dr., Menasha, Wis. 54952 (ph 920-659-2633; jgerhardtsr@live.com).

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