M Brace Mini, a kit for kid-sized raised garden beds
Last year I wrote about M Brace, a set of four steel brackets that allow you to build a raised garden bed in minutes. The line has expanded with the new M Brace Mini, designed with kids and small-space gardeners in mind.
The do-it-yourself beds can be assembled using 2-by-4s from the hardware store, old fence boards -- pretty much anything that's 2 inches wide, sturdy and rot-resistant. Simply slide the material into the 7-inch-tall braces, add soil and start planting. It may not be the best time of year to plant, particularly for residents of hot inland regions, but at least the no-tools-required assembly makes the hard part easy.
The M Brace Mini comes in six powder-coated designs: frogs, bunnies, butterflies, snails, dragonflies and daisies. They're made from recycled steel in California. Price: $89.99 for a set.
M Brace Mini is also available in a natural steel finish that will rust over time. Price: $69.99.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo: M Brace