If we find ourselves in a situation where we would like to have raised bed gardens in our backyard or backgarden and we have no idea how to build these by ourselves, well fear not, help is at hand. We can now purchase these raised bed flatpacks online, they are available in some of our hardware stores and also in some garden centres. This option may be of great relief to some of us out there, who as I say, have no idea where to start or how to start our first adventure into having a garden of our own. These bed frames come with detailed assembley instructions and we could if we were able, have our raised beds up and planted on the same day as delivery. One wonders how did we ever manage without the internet in previous times, but we did and now that we have it, I guess we will have to embrace it and go with it.
The internet definitely makes life easier for most folk, in that it offers solutions to many a problem for a lot of people, like those of us who wish to start a garden for ourselves and our knowledge in this area is relatively sparce and pretty non-existent. Not only can we source the raised bed flatpacks online, but we can also research all the information on what to grow in our raised beds or how to make this happen, whatever it is we wish to grow. The quality of the flatpack raised beds will ultimately be decided by what we pay for them, but neverthe less, these bed frames will start us off on our gardening journey and will create a buzz and excitement for those of us on our first forray into gardening.
Raised garden bed flatpack, 4ft x 4ft;
The first offering from the flatpack range is a nice size for starters, 4 ft x 4 ft, which will definitely do for beginners. This bed frame is 7″ deep, but we can dig the soil within the frame of the bed initially, then add some manure, compost and then further topsoil, so we can make this bed essentially any depth we wish. Its very easy to put together from the detailed instructions that come with the purchase. As we can see from this image above, its shows some tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, cabbages and also some salads in this small growing area. The benefits of this type of gardening is well documented on this website and its no surprise that people are very keen to have this system in their backyards. This is so neat that we could locate one of these in our front lawn and would not look out of place. In fact I would suggest the opposite, ie, it would enhance the appearance of our house no end. Pricewise, $25 plus free shipping, its a steal and well worth the money.
Raised bed flatpack 8ft x 4ft;
This example of a raised bed is actually twice the size as the bed frame above, made from the same material, ie, red cedar and is again quite a sturdy structure. Working on the same principal as above, we can locate these frames in any area of our backgardens or backyards and again they make quite a statement. Instructions on how to assemble these beds are again quite simple, the boards dovetail together and insert into the corner and centre posts and then secured with screws. The timber frame is chemical free and very safe to use growing vegetables. The beauty about these raised beds is, if we are not happy where they are located, these are easily moved to a better location the following year. They are not a fixture as such and that’s the versatility that raised bed gardening gives us. The other aspect of this type of gardening overground is, there is great order and method to the whole concept, we can be very organised at all times and we know exactly at a glance how our growing is progressing. Watering of these systems is efficient at all times as we are only watering within the confines of the bed frame. For this bed frame flatpack, it retails at $70 including free shipping.
Fabric bag raised bed;
This is another option for garden beginners and is a slightly different take on what we have looked at heretofore. This is essentially a circular type of fabric container, which is tough and durable, yet it will serve as a raised bed of sorts and is equally as functional as the timber raised beds. Not as aesthetically pleasing as the previous two examples I agree, but nevertheless just as efficient as the standard raised beds that we have just reviewed. Ideal for a household of one or perhaps two, but again its dexterity is such that we can locate this growing container in any area of our house, ie, front, back or side.
There is little or no construction or installation required with this garden growing container, just unpack, fill, plant and its done. With a diameter of 50″ and a depth of 12″, its easily reachable from any side and the capacity of this container gives a staggering 14 cu.ft of growing space. Its porus and this allows any excess rainwater to escape. The aeration of the soil that this allows over the timber beds, will result in a better quality yields and ensures that the root systems of our veggies have a better envoirnment in which to thrive and flourish. One of the extra advantages that this growing bag has, it warms quicker in the springtime and releases any excess heat during the summer, so there is a type of micro-growing eco system contained within this container. When finished the growing and harvesting in the fall, all we need do is empty out the contents, wash and dry, then fold away for next year. It should last for years if we take good care of this fabric planter. Retailing at just $35, its a bargain.
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Happy gardening to all out there.
Cheers Phil Browne.
” You have to get up and plant
the seed and see if it grows,
but you can’t just wait around,
you have to water it
and take care of it “.