The task of building a raised bed is a very simple exercise, they are extremely easy to maintain and they make gardening more enjoyable and entertaining . No great skills are required, they are very easy to assemble and we should look at this exercise as a long term project rather than a construction challenge. It is important to bear in mind that a raised garden bed has many advantages over the standard or conventional open ground garden that we may have been using heretofore.
Building raised beds will improve and enhance the vegetable growing area, they require very little maintenance when complete and if given the right amount of care and attention they can in time, become a standout feature of our backyard or back garden decor. Raised garden beds are generally used for the growing vegetables, but in some cases these raised beds may be used for flowers, shrubs, or even used as a salad patch.
What is a raised bed ?
A raised bed is a selected area over ground that is principally enclosed by wood or timber mostly, sometimes stone and or concrete blocks are also used in the construction of this project. The idea of a raised bed is to have a top-class growing area, that will produce great yields and will also enhance the growing experiences for all of us. These above ground gardening systems are a lot more likely to warm up earlier in the spring time and this allows for earlier sowing and planting.
This critical factor gives us an added extra advantage over the traditional open garden patch, by virtue of the fact that we can plant much earlier or sooner than that we did previously. We also have a longer extended growing period and the yields are far greater than the open ground or row gardening as we knew it. It also eliminates a lot on maintenance and weeding, thus giving us more time to concentrate on the more important issues associated with vegetable gardening in general.
Where to build a raised bed:
Select a nice sunny location and ensure that you can easily access the area from all sides and also that the area is reasonably level as this will enable moisture to be retained for longer. If your circumstances allow, locate your raised bed in a prominent position when, on entering your back garden it will stand out as an attractive feature and you can show it off to your neighbors, family and friends. Another idea that people use a lot is, if at all possible, we could also position our raised bed where it could be seen from a kitchen or sitting room window. From time to time some raised beds are positioned parallel to a garage or boundary wall and this can be beneficial to some gardeners who grow tall climbing plants and vegetables, as a trellis can be easily mounted on the wall to tie-in the tall growing plants.
Decide on dimensions and make a start;
Depending on the size of our back garden and how much space we can allot to the raised garden bed, ideally raised beds are 8-12ft. long and 4-6ft. wide. This will allow for any part of the bed to be accessible on all sides at all times. Most raised beds are anything from 10″-16″ deep. Knowing what dimensions we are using and where the bed is located, it’s important to dig the existing surface as this will allow for the two soil types to integrate and also blend together. It will allow for better drainage and aeration of the soil, something that is important to the raised bed ideals.
It’s very easy to construct a raised bed with wood or lumber, afterall a raised bed frame is just a square or rectangle box, placed over the ground and filled with topsoil. A good idea is to attach four corner posts inside the frame at each corner and two more midways of the frame. This will give us a strong, sturdy, robust frame to begin with. Nail or screw the planks to the corner posts thus securing it into position. If we could, use planks that are rather sturdy, say at least one inch in thickness. Old discarded scaffolding planks are ideal for this project as these are universally 8 ft in length. Three of these would be sufficient for starters and they would yield a standard 4ft x 8ft raised bed for our first attempt at this exciting gardening adventure.
The final step is to fill our raised bed with good topsoil and a good quality compost, these factors are so important as this will be our foundation bed going forward. This quality compost material can be obtained at all good garden centers and there, we will also get our plants and seedlings for starting out on this journey. Professional advise can also be obtained here at the garden center or nursery as to what is best to grow in our area and climate. The purpose of this website is to offer important, useful and helpful information to all those who are just starting out on their raised bed gardening adventures. We have a range of topics covered here from building raised beds, the maintenance of same, what to grow, how to water raised beds and much much more.
Raised beds are available for purchase online, they are available at all good hardware stockists and also at garden centers and nurseries. Feel free to browse through our website for more tips and ideas on this exciting and interesting past-time and if you would like to contact us with any issues or concerns, please do so via the comments section down under. Alternatively, if you would like to get in touch with us by email directly, you can do so here
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