If we are considering making a raised bed frame, we have a number of factors to consider, none of them critical, but nonetheless, important enough to take into consideration. Afterall a raised bed frame is either a rectangle or square box placed overground, infilled with topsoil and plants, flowers and or vegetables planted within. The most critical consideration to factor in is; the location of the bed. If we have a good garden space outback, we will not have any issues about where to place the bed. If on the other hand we are caught short for room, then we need to place this frame somewhere tidy, safe, out of harms way and thus not causing an obstruction. Ideally against a wall of a garage or the house and most importantly of all, we need to locate these raised beds on a south facing direction.
Frame sizes and shapes;
The frames themselves are generally of a rectangle shape measuring approx 8-10ft in length and 3-4ft in width and can be anything from 8-12″ in depth. These frames are mostly constructed from lengths of timber/lumber, some are made from builders blocks/bricks, or some can be constructed from ordinary stone assembled in a neat tidy design that will be sturdy enough to hold in the soil for this purpose.
The plans for these raised bed frames are available online, the raised beds are available to purchase in most garden centres and can also be purchased on some internet sites. The shapes and sizes of these raised beds, will determine how much timber we will need from the hardware store. Not a great deal of skill is required to make these raised bed frames, if we purchase a few lengths of timber planks/boards and some nails/screws, all we need is a handsaw, hammer, measuring tape and pencil and away we go. So if we were to make these raised beds ourselves, that will bring an extra factor of satisfaction into this project.
Make a start;
If we have an idea in our heads of what a raised garden bed looks like, then we are half way there. The advantages of raised beds is now well documented in all gardening journals, magazines and also online posts and blogs. (These advs. are also covered on another post on this site) These raised bed frames are being hailed as a scientific breakthrough in gardening compared to what we did previously. This new found system of above ground gardening is widely accepted as unprecented and unknown heretofore in terms of what the exact benefits will bring us.
Not all the benefits have been documented as of yet, as still experts are making new discoveries about what we can achieve with this approach. So therefore its as simple as this; make a raised bed of some shape or design, start planting and see the results for yourself. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so get moving and begin. In no time at all we will have gone from being a novice or amateur gardener to a professional horticulturalist.
Happy gardening folks…………….
” No occupation is so delightful to me
as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable
to that of the garden
— Thomas Jefferson “