Raised garden beds are a thing for off-grid homes. It provides you with much needed nutrition and can keep you busy while living off-grid. Gardening is a great hobby to pick up on. Furthermore, you can use junk items you own to make a raised garden bed!
Just take a look at how this man did it!
Before we proceed, let’s first discuss a thing or two about raised garden bed
Why Make a Raised Garden Bed instead of an Ordinary Garden?
- They keep away weeds which can hurt the quality of the soil
- Prevents soil compaction
- Gives a better system of drainage
- Keeps most land pests away
- You don’t have to strain your back while tending to the plants
DIY Raised Garden Bed Using Junk Refrigerator
If you’re unsure what plants you want to grow you can check out 10 plants to grow for survival for a list of useful plants. In addition, raised garden beds doesn’t take up a lot of space in your lot and is a better option for raising plants especially if you’re new to it.
Furthermore, if you don’t have any junk or old refrigerator around you can always look for them in junk shops, scrap yards, or pawn shops.
What You Will Need
- Old or junk refrigerator
- Power drill
- ¼-inch drill bit
- Bricks (or pavers)
- Fine Mesh Screen
What To Do
Setting Up the Fridge
- First, you need to have your fridge checked. You don’t want any environmental hazard sitting around your off-grid home. It’s better to have it checked by a certified refrigerator technician who will remove the freon from the fridge. Additionaly, you can also have it checked at a licensed appliance store.
Note: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS YOURSELF!
- Now that you have your fridge checked take out the shelves, racks, and drawers. You can discard them. However, you can also use them for other future recycling projects you want to do.
- Next is you’ll remove the fridge doors. You remove them using a screwdriver or wrench by loosening the screws or bolts from the hinges. Then remove the compressor and motor at the back of the fridge. They’re also usually held by screws and bolts.
- Using the ¼-inch drill bit, drill holes at the back of the fridge. This is to ensure that water comes out from the soil keeping it fertile. The back of the fridge is the base for your raised garden bed.
- Clean the inside of the refrigerator using a bleach and a scrub. Make sure that you rinse it thoroughly so no chemicals remain. Afterwards, air it out and let it dry.
- Find a suitable place for the raised garden bed around your home. Place the fridge there. Place bricks on the corners below the fridge bottom. This is to keep it elevated allowing for water to drain properly.
- Cut the fine mesh screen in a way that it can fit in the bottom of the fridge. The screen will help prevent the soil from eroding and escaping from the holes.
Filling the Fridge with Soil
- Before filling the fridge with soil, choose the plants you want to grow. Plants have different depth of soil for it to grow. Some plants have long roots, therefore you may want to have a higher depth of soil while other plants need shallow soil in order to grow.
- Now that you know the soil depth you need. Use aggregates like stones, sand, and gravel and place it at the bottom of the fridge. This is to help you not waste valuable rich fertile soil to fill a shallow soil suited plant. (more soil for you to use for another raised garden bed)
- Next is to put the fertile soil after the aggregate. You can buy fertile soil from gardening shops or make fertile soil yourself.
- Lastly, add the plants on the raised garden bed and have fun growing them!
- You can paint the outside of the fridge to make it look more beautiful and appealing. But make sure you do this before cleaning the fridge as it may leave some chemicals behind.
- You can use a freezer-refrigerator combination unit to plant shallow-rooted and deep-rooted plants. You can compartmentalize them so that you won’t have to use too much of fertile soil to accommodate both.
Turn junk into useful projects. There are many things you can do with every junk you can find. Use your creativity. It’ll help you save money for more useful projects. Morevoer, raised garden beds can provide you not only a place to grow food but a hobby while you’re enjoying the off-grid life