HOW TO BUILD RAISED BEDS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUILDING RAISED BEDS


HOW TO BUILD RAISED BEDS

Raised Bed Frames

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…………….

Philip Browne.

 

” No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,

and no culture comparable to that of the garden — Thomas Jefferson “

 

 


 


10 Opinions

  • Tar said:

    Hello Phil,

    I find it interesting and amused with this technology as it takes an innovative way to set up a planted cultivation for an area where spaces are limited such as major developed cities. I remember watching a video posted by Financial Times that China and Hong Kong has adapted an indoor farming on building and I believed they have been using a similar kind of method to raised beds as large scale area are scarcely available.

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    • admin said:

      Hi there Tar,

      Thanks again for your kind comments. I understand what you are saying 100%. If we have any small space out back, we will have no problem setting-up raised beds. It takes away the problem and creates solutions.

      Thanks again,

      PB

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  • Amberlee said:

    Hi PB,

    I live in a unit that has a small backyard. However, the problem is I have no access to soil because my entire yard is concealed with decking. So, I’m wondering it would be okay to construct a raised bed frame that has a base of its own? And if this is okay to do that what plants should I plant in it? Should I stick with vegetables? Or can I grow other vegetation? Or will I be restricted in what I can grow because of the roots of the plants?

    Please excuse the questions, I’m only new to gardening and I super keen to learn as much as I can.

    With Gratitude,

    Amberlee.

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    • admin said:

      Hi there Amberlee,

      Thanks for your comments and site feedback. The problem is with watering the raised bed, If you over do the watering..it can leak onto the decking and then become unsightly. I would line the raised bed with a tough membrane lining that would prevent any leakages. Then you can plant away to your hearts’ content. Of course plant vegetables, as they are pretty easy to plant, grow and harvest. try lettuces abd cabbages as well. The choices are endless and the results will astound you.

      Thanks again and best wishes to you in2017

      Cheers……..Philip Browne.

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  • Heather Montgomery said:

    We love using raised beds!! They are so much easier to work with than just growing them directly in the ground. We have used big plastic bins for herbs and tires for tomatoes and peppers! My favorite is definitely the tires, they look cute with a good tomato plant in the middle and you can even paint them however you like or leave them as is.

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    • admin said:

      Hi there Heather,

      Many thanks for your site feedback and kind comments. Yes as you say, the raised beds are a new and very productive system of growing your own. It is up to us how innovative we want to be when it comes to gardening and growing our own vegetables. The sky is the limit. Happy gardening………

      Cheers….Philip Browne

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  • J. Haugland said:

    Here we have spanish slug / iberian snail issues. They eat everything on ground level. (And no use to try to remove them – they will take over the world soon).
    Do you have some info on beds that are designed to keep them out?

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    • admin said:

      Hi there,
      That is a question that I have been asked from time to time and the answers can vary. There are a few solutions to this problem…..Slug pellets are available at all garden centres and are a great way of eliminating them completely.
      You can always put a strip of copper wire around the raised bed frame and when the slugs come into contact with the wire, they have an allergic reaction to it, they get a shock reaction when they touch the copper wire and that deters them from going any further.
      Hopefully that will help with your problem,
      Happy gardening,
      Cheers……..Phil Browne

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  • Fadhil said:

    Hi,

    You have a nice information here on how to make the raised beds on our own.

    From what you have said in the article, it seems that it is not that really hard to make one and this makes me feels to try to make one by myself and stop buying them anymore for my vegetable garden.

    I am going to grow some tomatoes next week, do you have any suggestion on the best height of the raised beds for my tomatoes?

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    • admin said:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for site feedback and comments. I estimate that the raised bed should be at least 12″ deep as tomatoes are a crop that need a lot of nutrients when growing. Also you may need a trellis or climbing frame, as tomatoes are also a climbing plant and grow upwards when well established. Heres hoping that this information is beneficial. Wishing you the very best for 2017

      Cheers…..Philip browne

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