Cinderblock raised beds. I think this is my answer for cheap raised beds! I can get 16 blocks at Lowes for about 40 bucks. That's enough for one 4X8 bed! And I can put soil in the blocks and plant sprawling plants or herbs! previous pinner: "I laid chicken wire under my raised beds and the gophers & voles can't chew through to get in my beds. I has worked wonders for 5 years now."