I could use some insight into some solid options for raised beds for school gardens.
And yes, by "solid" I mean both sturdy & safe for school use and issue free (as much as raised beds can be).
Before Covid, I was thinking Cedar with Raised Bed Corners (i.e. Gardeners Supply). Now wood prices are through the roof and not always available.
Issue -- any consumable plants need to be grown off the ground 18" or higher. Our 5-7 year olds can be so small, that while they will make do with 2 feet tall gardens it's not very friendly.
Second issue -- Stock tanks would be an alternative to wooden beds, but our test ones are starting to get rusty after only 5 weeks and there's the fear that they will have their own removal issues when it's time to replace them -- particularly the bottom of them.
Third Issue -- We are testing out a process within our large school district, but ideally we want to be able to order a bunch of these and have them ready to install once we have the approval to go ahead.
Does anyone have any experience with these or any other pop-up metal ones with kiddos? How do they hold up? (Pros are that they can store well and ordered through Amazon, and transportable in my van, and don't have a bottom. And they are cheaper than stock tanks which I would also need to pay for delivery and unable to assure for a delivery date which sucks for schools)
Any drawbacks? Reasons not to?