How to build amazing raised garden beds from recycled plastics! – Plastic lumber

How to build amazing raised garden beds from recycled plastics! – Plastic lumber

Building a rot-proof raised garden bed for years of use. Find out more about plastic lumber here: www.bestpl.us

In this first video of our garden build series, I show what I did to build 10, 4’x8′ raised garden beds from recycled plastic lumber.

I discovered BestPLUS plastic lumber in my search for alternative materials for the bed construction (https://www.bestpl.us/products) This is a product that is made from recycled plastic material. Not only is this perfect for a long term build (never rot!), it also help deal with a problem of our own making (plastic waste). It is the best of both worlds for this type of application.
**Full Disclosure: This was a partial sponsorship. I purchased the materials for the first 6 beds myself.**

Below are links to some of the products I used to make these raised beds.
(Some of these are affiliate links that I earn a small commission from that help support the channel)
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– Ryobi Drill / Impact Driver kit: https://homedepot.sjv.io/VyyJ23
– Ground Stakes: https://homedepot.sjv.io/0JJgRV
– 6lb sledge hammer: https://amzn.to/3dykkEH
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– 100′ measuring tape: https://homedepot.sjv.io/ORRkyN

Timeline:
0:00 Introduction:
0:16 Materials Selection for a raised garden bed
1:23 Planning a raised bed garden
2:08 Raised garden bed layout and measuring
3:23 Hardware to build a raised garden bed
4:17 Building the first level of a raised garden bed
4:28 Anchoring a raised garden to the ground
5:18 Assembling the other levels to a garden bed
5:41 Time-lapse of building raised garden beds
6:30 Filling raised garden beds with dirt and compost
7:02 Summary and preview

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16 Comments

  1. santillanes07 on November 11, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful work! Did you have to lay a weed barrier under the mulch?

  2. Brian Gray on November 11, 2021 at 11:32 am

    These things are expensive! Great idea, hopefully they can find a way to lower the cost and allow more consumers to be able to afford them. Thanks for the video.

  3. Scooter B on November 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

    What size paddle bit did you use for the screws?

  4. Bill Dube on November 11, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Wow what a great video and raised bed. Yes I wish they made houses out of that material in SoCal as anything wood included pressure treated is eventually food for the termites here. Can’t wait to see your garden grow. What vision. Thanks.

  5. LOVIES HONEYCOMB on November 11, 2021 at 11:42 am

    hello, I love the layout of the recycled material.. I went on the website and I guess it is no longer or who or how much was the total cost if you don’t mind me asking because those are the exact sizes that I am wanting as well… if it is not too much of me asking for the price… are they out of business…

  6. Green Dad on November 11, 2021 at 11:44 am

    I actually worked for a company just like that. Really awesome stuff! Just seeing it made was pretty cool. It’s an awesome recycling method. They use a bunch of different types of plastic including recycled medical waste. Everything is sterilized and chopped then washed again air dried and sent to melt. They melt it and process these big globs of different types of plastic which are then chopped and melted again. The finish product being this plastic lumbar. Love it!

  7. deven funderburk on November 11, 2021 at 11:46 am

    This is great! i like the recycled milk jugs!

  8. Armydad72 on November 11, 2021 at 11:51 am

    What is the cost of one bed

  9. g62688 on November 11, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Great video! I’m actually using the same product (but dark brown color) to make 4×4 posts around our patio with solar lights mounted on top. I had a hard time finding them not bent in the store, my guess is they warp in the heat since they were stored outside with the other lumber. Any tips on how to straighten the 8’ pieces out? I noticed some of yours were a little bent as well, I was wondering if you tried anything.

  10. BD on November 11, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Are you concerned about an contamination from the plastic into your food source?

  11. Glowing Older and Healthier on November 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    That is pretty cool. I need to share this with my husband 🙂

  12. BusyDadsWorkshop on November 11, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    What are your favorite parts about gardening?

  13. CrossGrain Wood Products,LTD on November 11, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Plastics are made from chemicals such as Low-Density Polyethylene, High-Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Polyethylene which may leak into the soil and into plants. "Quantities of listed compounds contained in this product are not reportable under the article exemption, since they do not release or otherwise result in exposure of a hazardous chemical under normal conditions of use". The company has no data of tests conducted as to the effect of toxicity on humans. They got away with this by using a loop hole. If it wasn’t harmful, why do they say this on their website-"Prevent the material from entering drains or watercourses." under material containment. I’m all for recycling and repurposing items and practice it daily, but there is no way I would use any kind of plastic that may leach into the soil of a garden containing edibles.

  14. Pradev’s Channel on November 11, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Wow awesome.. good to Know..

  15. The Sassy Way on November 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Putting them into the ground looks like quite the workout, looking back what would you have done differently to anchor them into the ground or what would have been faster than manually hammering it in?

  16. Timanator on November 11, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Wish they sold this in a kit like the Rock Lock kits at Home Depot.

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