The idea of having raised bed gardens for our growing purposes is a great way of making our backyards and backgardens organised and efficient. If done properly and professionally, these beds can make a great statement and become a focal point of conversation with our family, friends and neighbours. On this website, we have covered many times how to build raised beds, what materials to use and what soil is best for our growing needs and so on. Today, however, we are going to look at all the components that go into the construction of standard raised garden beds.
For starters, making a list of raised bed components is something that is worth doing if we are just starting out on our raised bed gardening adventures. Regardless of whether we are living in urban, suburban, town or city, or if we have a small area of ground, we can still erect and construct these raised beds. Even on a balcony, patio or front porch deckings, we can still fit a raised bed into these areas, with a little thought and planning. There are hundreds of plans and ideas for these bed frames online and as for how they should be constructed or assembled, that issue is totally up to ourselves and how much space, area or ground we have to work with.
Important components for raised bed gardens;
- Wood or timber planks,
- Electric chop saw or handsaw,
- Electric or cordless drill,
- Nails or screws,
- Hammer or pinch bar,
- Spirit level,
- Anchor joints or hinges,
- Tape measure and pencil,
- Online ebook ( optional )
The amount or lengths of lumber we would require is contingent on a number of factors like, budget, what size of raised bed, type of wood we use and so on. The standard sized raised bed frame generally measures approx, 4ft x 8 ft x 8″. We would also neeed some corner posts to strengthen and stabilise the raised bed frame, so about four feet of 2″ x 2″ would be adequate for this purpose. These measurements are not the blueprint for these bed systems in general, but more of a guide and template to go by. For instance, we could have a raised bed of 4ft x 4ft and that would require shorter lengths of lumber for our project.
Considerations when building a raised bed;
- Location or placement
- Water source
- Height or depth of bed
- Soil quality and availability
- Health and safety
- Garden pests or underground roots,
In the initil planning and preperation we would have to factor in all or most of these considerations into our plans as we don’t wish to be having to move or relocate our raised beds after they have been constructed. Once is enough to have to assemble these bed systems, so serious thought must be applied to all of these considerations. Issues like shade or shelter would apply and we obviously would not construct these under a tree or tree branches. If the area or ground has a lot of tree roots or if the soil is particularly rocky and so on, this location would be unsuitable. Always check for underground utility cables or pipes, as this is something that we do not wish to discover when digging the area within the raised bed after construction.
Assembling the raised bed frame;
As soon as all our checklist have been cleared and we are satisfied that the area is safe and suitable, the next step is to build the bed frame itself. Having decided on what measurements our bed frame will be, its just a case of nailing or screwing the sides together and make that rectangle frame. The corner posts or anchor joints can be added after the initil assembly, for further reinforcement, then place the frame in the selected area and we are pretty much done with the first part of the equation. It’s not a difficult exercise and wheter we have any household maintenance or carpentry skills we could easily do this task ourselves. If by chance we have burrowing garden pests, ie gophers moles, its a good idea to lay down some chicken wire before we fill our raised beds with soil. This will prevent them from digging through to our garden vegetables and discourage them from our raised beds.
Fill and plant the raised bed;
Our next step is to infill our bed frame with pre-preared good texture soil and add some well rotted compost, some farmyard or chicken manure. This will enhance and improve the overall wellbeing of our soil and ensure good quality vegetables as a result of this preperation. This step is very important and critical to the health and sustainability of our raised beds going forward, as its a tough task to have to replace the soil, if we discover that the quality is not that we would have wished for.
As we can see from the above steps, planning and preperation will make our adventure into raised bed gardening more enjoyable and its a fun project to be involved with. With the proper approach and desire we can absolutely do this task without having any noteworthy trade or maintenance skills whatsoever. I recently looked up some gardening books online and I would safetly say that about 50% of these books were written by women, so gardening or raised bed gardening is not the overall preserve of the male species. Incidently, the best selling online book on raised bed gardening, namely “Raised Bed Revolution, Build It, Fill It, Plant It….Garden Anywhere” is written by a woman named Tara Nolan, so that is proof that anyone can build a raised bed garden, if ever we need it.
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