I've done square gardening with raised beds in the past. I've been reluctant to purchase the plastic raised beds as I'm concerned about leeching. I have purchased wooden raised beds and while they were easy to assemble, they all didn't make it past 1 year. Normally the boards will warp and pop out of the posts or they would become so brittle and break. I didn't want to stain them as I didn't want to worry about leeching. In search for a better option, I came across this kit. First off the box is a bit heavy at 30lbs. Once you open the box you understand why. These are quality metal panels. The contents are well-packed. They put a plastic film on both sides of all panels to keep from getting scratched. This does take some time to remove and honestly is probably the longest part of assembly. The rest of assembly is deciding on the design and inserting bolts. From start to finish it took me about 30 minutes.
Once complete it felt sturdy and held the soil I put in very well. I do recommend wearing gloves when assembling as the metal panels are a bit sharp. Also to note is they give you a nice rubber safety strip to affix to the top to avoid the sharp edge.
1. Very good quality metal panels and stainless steel fasteners. I look for this to last more than 1 year.
2. You can configure the garden bed in 9 different ways.
3. I like the deeper bed. It's higher off the ground making it easier and offers more room for roots.
4. Super easy to setup.