How to Make Your Own Mobile Gardening Bed

Reclaimed in style: an instant and inexpensive garden bed. Spotted on the blog of Harvest Textiles, a Melbourne-based screen printing studio and workshop, the garden beds were built by graphic designer Lily Daley and silversmith Lucy Hearn of Peaches and Keen. The two designed the backyard with sustainability in mind: they only sourced objects already collected and began starter plants from donated succulent cuttings. See the below sources to help you recreate your own DIY version.

Above: Three garden beds at different heights all on wheels for easy movement and watering. Photograph by Emma Byrnes for Harvest Workroom.


Above: For a quick option, source a classic wooden crate like this 12-inch-high Unfinished Wood Crate from Creative Merchandising Systems; contact for pricing and availability.

Above: Attach wheels for mobility; the 2 Inch Steel Wheel Swivel Caster is $3.98 from Home Depot.

Above: Finish with a wash of color; Benjamin Moore’s Britannia Blue Aura Paint is $25.99 per quart. For more pallet projects, see DIY: Garden Pallet as Instant Toolshed.

If you’re looking to make other outdoor planters or accessories, explore more do-it-yourself gardening projects on Gardenista.


Emelie Hangsel
Past Member 4 years ago

I love when I just need two things to build something. Great!

natalie n.
natalie n5 years ago

thanks, a useful suggestion.

Lynn D.
Lynn D5 years ago

Interesting - thanks!

Kamryn M.
Kay M5 years ago


Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson5 years ago

Thanks for sharing and encouraging us all to grow anywhere.

paul m.
paul m5 years ago

Be careful useing wood ,,because it has to be treated , if not will (wood) rot .
might use blocks ,,and make sure the roots in Winter are protected,,,Frost

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Interesting idea.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Different.. no wood though.

Laura Sutherland
Laura Sutherland5 years ago

I saw some metal boxes with wheels that were really great. The place had taken apart some old machines and these boxes were part of the manufacturing plant. They were fairly large and had small citrus trees in them. They had casters on them to make it easy to clean the patio area. Cool idea but I don't have access to big junk like that to re-use.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Marvelous idea, especially when you have limited sun issues and a simple once-a-day move would make a difference, like Sue H. does. Laura S brought up an interesting issue. Have to think about that one....