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) we ourselves can be the greatest designers for starters to build and bring this concept to whatever conclusion we desire. Make a mental picture of what or how you would like your raised bed design to look like, then on a sheet of paper, sketch a few drawings of what came to mind, and if you’re happy…lets go.
Ideas and designs;
Satisfied with what you have thought of and designed, lets go ahead and bring all of this together. A raised bed frame is basically four lengths of timber, nailed or screwed together to form either a square or rectangular shape, which is not difficult to construct. It is now time to put your theories and ideas into practice. Imagine the satisfaction of planning and designing your own raised beds and how proud you could be to showcase them to your family, neighbours and friends. When all of this is constructed, the bed is filled with soil and the planting is complete, arrange an evening barbeque and invite some neighbours over to showcase your handywork. Who knows – you may be asked for some advice and eventually you could become an expert authority on raised garden bed designs.
Steps to remember;
If we have an existing structure of say a garage or boundary wall, this would be a great place to start the raised bed. Construct the bed adjacent or parallel to these wall fixtures and you can expand out from there. If there is a water tap nearby, this would be of great asistance to us when it comes to watering the beds, when planted. The location of your raised beds is always paramount, ie, always position these in a sunny position and if at all possible position the longest part of the frame design facing southwards. The reason for this, is we will be able to get the most benefits of the sun. By locating the raised beds along a wall gives us part shelter, which will assist greatly during the growing season. If this option is not available to us, we need to consider a shady and also a sunny spot, where the raised bed is not too exposed to the wind but nevertheless, positioned to take advantage of the sun.
The most common of designs is the standard rectangle raised bed frame which nearly always measures approx 8ft x 4ft. For starters we could divide that into two equal parts, leaving us with a 4ft x 4ft box type structure. Imagine positioning say 6 to 8 of these along the back wall of your garden, then plant a variety of vegetables or flowers in each giving you an assortment of colour, choice and or produce. Leave at least a space of approx. 2ft-3ft or more between each of the beds, this allows for walking room, space to wheel a barrow or push the lawnmower if of course, we decide to have grass margain surrounding the raised beds. A good idea is also to put down a nice decorative layer of coloured stone between the raised beds. This makes the whole concept and design a lot more attractive and pleasing to the eye.
Nothing can be more rewarding to us than making a plan and deciding to carry out that idea to the end . As we go forward and be creative, ideas will come to mind during construction of your raised beds, always keep an open mind. Never say to ourselves that we are done and job complete, because we always want to be evolving and in part to be experimenting with the sizes, frames and designs of raised bed frames. To design and build your own raised bed is the ultimate. As you drive to town or take a trip out into the countryside, always be observant, see what bed frame ideas other people have come up with. Adopt or change to suit if necessary. There is an unending supply of plans and designs available to us on the internet, so we should never be short on ideas, plans or designs. I hope and trust this information is beneficial and useful.
Happy gardening to all………
” Gardens are not made by singing
‘Oh, how beautiful,’
and sitting in the shade ”
— R. Kipling.