The fact that we can now get our raised garden beds made to specific measurements is an added bonus for some gardeners, which means that we can locate our bed frames in any particular area of our backgarden or backyard. We can also get them made to suit our patios, decking area, balconies or any other areas that we may wish to have our raised bed gardens. Most hardware stores will have certain sizes and shapes of raised beds for sale, but those standard sizes or shapes may not be to our liking. However that issue is easily resolved by contracting a good tradesperson or carpenter. The cost will be somewhat a bit more than usual, but that is to be expected as we are looking for something that will suit our needs and something that will probably have to fit into somewhere unusual.
Previously, we wrote about these custom made raised garden beds, which can be constructed from different materials, like timber or wood, concrete or cinder blocks or even solid concrete and again the price of these will be substantially more than the norm. The other great idea of having our raised beds custom made is we can also install irrigation systems or at least have them plummed and ready for this purpose and this will save us some time and expense. Depending on where we live, I know for example that some of the raised beds have to be fitted with some chicken wire to prevent moles, gophers and other wildlife pests from burrowing into our bed frames. It would be little cumbersome and troublesome to install this pest proofing, after we have planted-up our raised beds, I have no doubt, so this is another issue to take into account.
Custom raised bed No. 1
Lets look at the above image for a moment, as this will give us a good idea of what we are talking about when we say… custom made. It has very attractive appearance, finished to a very high degree of workmanship and all the added extras give this example a real professional end result. There are edging boards all around the top of the frame, the centre and sides of this raised bed has extra support reinforcements attached for added strength and the four corners have been finished off with some extra uprights for more support and stability. It looks like something that we could nearly have inside our home, such is the detail and excellent standard of this raised bed frame. Cost wise we are looking at approx $250 or upwards, not forgetting that this structure is made from mature cedar and is the standard 8ft x 4ft and is also 18 inches in height, which makes for extra sturdiness and gives us great growing potential.
Custom raised bed No. 2
On the above image we are going to look at something completely different to what our general idea of a raised bed looks like. This is obviously a permanent structure, is built with concrete blocks and mortar, and then rendered all over, both inside and outside, to give this bed a completed appearance. The colour is a rustic brown and blends in well in a gardening envoirnment. When the construction of this project was being planned, a lot of consideration was given to the extra bells and whistles that were to be part of this process, mainly the option of covering this custom raised bed with polythene, as you can see the plastic hoops which facilitate such an idea are already in place, we can also see that it has an irrigation system has been set up and we will also notice that immediate area around the bed itself is covered in gravel stone, which makes working these raised beds much more comfortable and will cater for wheelchair users also. The other important observation to factor in is, that all sides of this construction are easily accessible and will make working on this project a lot more enjoyable.
Custom raised bed No. 3
Our next example is something completely different once again, this time around we are looking at raised bed gardening on a large scale as we can see from the length and heights of these frames. They measure 4ft in width and are a staggering 16ft in length. These dimensions show that once again they have been constructed with volume and yield returns in mind, the height of these custom made frames would also suggest that we are looking at growing some really deep rooted plants and or vegetables. Once these raised beds have been filled with soil and are fully planted with growing vegetables, the advantages of this system are numerous and will give astounding results for the owners. Again, as we can see these raised beds are custom made, they are situated in an open and sunny location and the area immediately underfoot is solid and makes working on and around these beds a pleasure.
The main issues to consider here when looking at custom raised garden beds is the cost and expense of making and constructing these systems. They are considerably more expensive that the standard raised beds that we have looked at previously, but the end result will have been worth it, if our budget allowed for a project of this nature. Should you have any questions or queries on this subject, please use the commnets box down under and we will reply to you as soon as possible.
Happy gardening to all who try and succeed,
Cheers and best wishes…..Phil Browne.
“I love my garden, and I love working in it.
To potter with green growing things,
watching each day to see the dear,
new sprouts come up,
is like taking a hand in creation, I think.
Just now my garden is like faith
– the substance of things hoped for.”
― L.M. Montgomery