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Whether you’re an experienced horticulturist or a beginning green thumb, gardening is a great way to pass the time & enjoy the outdoors. Find your perfect accessories like planters, stands, gardening beds & more to kick start a green haven.
Mark T. Skeen –
unexpectedly impressed for a good value.We researched materials for our raised beds for a very long time. My wife had a vision for her vegetable garden and was incredibly disappointed when we finally decided her first choice material of cedar was going to be just too expensive. We thought galvanized would be our next option but she really didn’t want the look of the steel so we opted for the black. We saved (literally)hundreds by going with these black galvanized beds and we were both pleasantly surprised and impressed with the entire experience. While waiting for the order we spent a lot of time watching youtube videos about “mistakes” and the “hassles” of putting together galvanized beds, and honestly, made ourselves anxious for no reason.Putting these beds tother IS time-consuming but NOT hard. The larger 4X8 beds are easier with two people (just because of the number of screws and bolts you have to use and lining up the longer side pieces) but my wife actually did the 4X4 beds herself in under an hour each.So don’t let the videos or other negative experiences scare you off. That said here are some tips I’d advise:Most importantly- the flatter your surface the better the beds are going to sit and look. We did a lot of leveling before placing the beds and you can clearly see where we did a better job than not. (I would also advise putting these beds together on a flat hard surface such as a patio, driveway, etc, then placing them where you want. It just makes lining up the pieces SO much easier)Here’s what I learned from other reviewer’s experiences that are worth paying attention to: the reviewer “runtails” gave great advice in saying “it is important although not immediately obvious, that the four corner pieces are oriented so the holes for the stability poles are all down” and I would not have even noticed that had I not read that review first (and probably would have ended up having to take apart and put back together pieces)I also read a few reviews talking about receiving damaged products or the material “scratching” easily. Fortunately, we received all 4 of our beds in perfect condition and because I had read about the scratching, we were very careful in handling the pieces so they didn’t scratch. We even kept the plastic coating lining the pieces until they were assembled and placed and I think this helped.We purchase 4 beds for about what it was going to cost us to build 2 cedar beds and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Not only would I not hesitate to recommend these beds, but we’ll also be ordering more beds next season to add. They work well and are esthetically beautiful and I can’t wait to get the paths mulched and the area fenced in. As my wife noted, “this is going to look even better than I envisioned!”
Amazon Customer –
Time Consuming but Matched the PriceFor $150, you essentially get what you pay for.I did LOTS of shopping around and finally landed on this item. I ordered four. The first took about 1.5 hours to build, then each afterward just shy of an hour. I assembled almost entirely by myself; the only part I needed help with was fastening the very-bottom screws.The dimensions are as described. The metal sheets are a bit thin, but once again, it matches the price point. All four came in and delivered undamaged; they were packaged pretty well.Advice for assembling: lay out all items ahead of time. I also used a Kobalt ratcheting screwdriver for tightening down the wing nuts. The maintenance also mentions to retighten over time (impossible, filled with dirt), so I used Loctite as I assembled to make sure the fasteners wouldn’t loosen.Keep in mind, this review is after assembly and not after year(s) of continual use. I will update my review if I feel the beds don’t stand up to typical use.
A lot of assembly, but high qualityI sent this to my mother, my brothers and sisters assembled it and filled with dirt and plants. I was assured there were 100 screws and some assembly required, but high quality product and finished garden. Note: no bottom. I had told my family to drill holes for drainage, but it sits right on the ground, draining to substrate, with anti-weed cloth barrier recommended.
Art Welling –
Leave everything loose till it’s all togetherI’m a banged-up old retired instructor, and it still only took about an hour to assemble by myself. That said, I still have about 30 minutes of work left. The trick to easy assembly is to leave all 96 fasteners loose during assembly. This makes lining up the holes a breeze.The next task, after tightening everything, will be scraping up 128 cubic feet of yard waste and bio-mass to fill the bed. I’ll top it with 4″-5″ of garden soil.The bed feels lightweight and flimsy, but clearly, once it’s filled it will be a very solid mass. I’m looking forward to another 32 square feet of raised garden bed.
Easy to assembleReally easy to assemble. I was able to do it by myself. If anything, I’d suggest to assemble everything loosely at first. Then, using an electric screwdriver or drill with an apex tip, hold the wing nut and run the screw tight
Looks goodThe build takes quite some time and moving it requires 2 people due to the flimsy nature of it. The cross sections could be way stronger had they not been made from aluminum used for soda cans. Watch the bottom when filling. Mine is bulging in a section. I’m going to have to reinforce it with some 2×4 on that side.
Barbara Whitten –
Planter box… easy to assemble and well madeThe product will be used for my vegetable garden. Very sturdy and easy to assemble
Pretty good with some caveatsWe just put 4 of these raised garden beds together over the weekend.Pros: easy to move, fairly easy to put together with 1 person. Looks niceCons: Instructions don’t call out that the hole needs to be at the bottom for the stakes. The rubber top seems like it will come off easily and it came in one long strip that you have to manually cut. It wasn’t hard to cut but it seemed like an easy thing to do. The sides are a bit more flimsy than I was expecting. The paint also seems to scrape off way too easily, especially on the overlapped part so now I wonder if it will rust. For being powder coated I expected a more durable surface. The instructions also say to check every 90 days if the bolts are loose. How will that be possible when it is full of 2ft of dirt? It seems like a locking washer would be a good idea. The tabs on the inside supports are also weird and they also scrape the paint off when installing. The instructions aren’t clear on which way is up and the tabs have to be bent into place and then the angle of the corrugated ridges makes for a weird fit.I bought 2 more, we will see over time how they hold up. I am expecting in 3 years I will be spray painting the exterior due to rust. They are pretty and have a lot of space. They are one of the few raised beds I was able to find that are very deep.
Joan C –
Tthe product arrived is small rectangular boxes.I cannot comment on what I like or dislike at this point because they take some time to be put together. As soon as I know how many gallons of soil, manure and compost is needed to fill the containers and whether they will be sturdy enough, then I could comment .
No free return of this PRIME itemi bought 7 rised garden beds and assembled 2 of them. They look ok before putting to use.I decided to return 5 because the size was to large for my purpose.now i find out that this item is not eligible for free return despite being marked PRIME on the website and I have to arrange the carrier”of my choice” and pay postage. Amazon customer service said that the item was sold by the third party and not eligible for free return. I could not find any mention that the item I bought as PRIME is not eligible to free return.Beware of the unethical/ fraudulent side of Amazon PRIME !