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Month: January 2017

Raised Beds For Beginners – Getting Started

Raised Beds For Beginners – Getting Started

The construction of a raised bed is not a very big undertaking, it is important to stress this point as we will now look at how easy it is to construct one of these beds with very little effort. When we look at the advantages of a raised bed over the conventional gardening methods,that we have always used,  we will be scurrying out back to get this frame erected as soon as possible. We have spoken earlier on this site…

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Raised Beds for Vegetables

Raised Beds for Vegetables

If we are using a raised bed for vegetables, then this  is the best solution to an age old problem; the problems that we encountered were numerous and heartbreaking at times. We had a weeding issue which never went away, we had to contend with slugs and garden pests, we had poor returns from our old tired methods and I could go on and on. But with the raised bed gardening system our problems are no more. We now have…

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Trellis for Raised Beds

Trellis for Raised Beds

Raised Bed trellises can be and are used for numerous gardening purposes, both in standard gardens and also with raised bed gardens. If we are a vegetable grower and like growing the vining plants, such as tomatoes , runner beans etc etc, then a garden trellis is a must have accessory. If on the other hand we only grow climbing vegetables, flowers, shrubs, or roses, then it is also a very useful piece of garden kit to have at your…

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Raised Bed Instructions – How To

Raised Bed Instructions – How To

This is an overview on how to construct your own raised bed frame. Here you will find a set of simple instructions and ideas. No great experience is required, as this project can be easily completed in approx 2-3 hrs. If we have an idea in your head on what a raised bed looks like or we would like it to look like, then we are well on our way.  Basically a raised bed is a rectangle frame or box,…

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Raised Bed Maintenance

Raised Bed Maintenance

As raised garden beds are designed for the purpose of maximising output and greater yield returns, it goes without saying that we have little or no maintenance to worry about. Initially the purpose of raised garden beds is to have our garden maintenance free, so this is a contradiction of terms, I hear you say. Well the truth is, we do have to maintain our raised beds now and again, but if we are clever  about it, the raised bed…

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Making Raised Beds with Sleepers

Making Raised Beds with Sleepers

Making raised garden beds from sleepers is a fantastic idea and when completed, it will provide us with more than just a raised bed. The finished raised bed frame will become a strong, sturdy structure and should last us for years. By accident rather than design, a raised bed made from sleepers can also become a seating area, that is if we use them on the flat. Just a slight word of caution here, when these railway sleepers were being…

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Raised Bed Cold Frames

Raised Bed Cold Frames

A raised bed cold frame is a system that is used to promote early growth in our plants and flowers before we decide to plant them out-doors. This idea has been used frequently by gardening enthusiasts over the years and it serves as a transitional link between indoors and the outdoors. Without getting too technical about this, it basically consists of a raised bed which has a hinged-cover of either glass or plastic frame that can be opened during the…

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Raised Beds on Concrete

Raised Beds on Concrete

If we are thinking of building  raised beds on concrete, this is a fabulous idea and can very easily become a reality.  It is a concept that has many advantages, not overly expensive and  when complete, looks very appealing and attractive. We have two options to look at here; firstly, we can construct this on a concrete surface, which will make for a solid foundation and secondly we can easily construct a raised bed from concrete or builders blocks which…

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Designs for Raised Beds

Designs for Raised Beds

On this subject we will look at the various plans, shapes and designs of raised beds. I might add here before we go any further and that is, to keep our designs simple and practical,  as this makes life a lot easier for us when it comes to assembling these raised garden beds. Lets take a step back here for a moment, try to visualise what a raised garden bed frame looks like, (time to get the creative juices flowing)…

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Before We Start – Building Raised Beds

Before We Start – Building Raised Beds

It is important that we know where we want to locate and position our raised beds, but before we do that lets do a little house-keeping. Before we start-building raised beds, we need to do a garden reconnaissance ( not militarily, of course ) and check  the lay-out of our surroundings, especially where we would like to set up our raised garden beds. We need to know critically, if there are any electrical cables buried underground. That is the most…

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