This is a short post on how to construct our own raised bed frame. Here we will find a set of simple instructions and ideas. No great experience is required, as this project can be easily completed in approx 2-3 hrs. If we have an idea in your head on what a raised bed looks like or we would like it to look like, then we are well on our way. Basically a raised bed is a rectangle frame or box, made from lengths of timber. These timber lengths are secured together with nails, screws or bolts and the raised bed is then positioned in a level area in our backyards or backgardens. Raised garden beds as flat packs are readily available online and are easily assembled if we would rather go down that route. Raised bed instructions – how to, are included and this deal and come with free shipping.
Requirements for a raised bed frame;
- 2 lengths of wood…8′ x 10″ x 1″
- 2 lengths of wood…4′ x 10″ x 1″
- 4 lengths of wood…18″ x 2″ x 2″ ( corner posts )
- Hammer and nails or screws,
- Hand screwdriver or cordless drill,
- Spirit level.
Assembling a raised bed frame;
This is a very straight forward exercise and as stated above can be completed in approx 2-3hrs ( minimum) Assuming we have all the supplies as listed above, lets begin. Arrange the lengths of wood in a rectangle shape ie, the two longest lengths parallel to one another and place the two short lengths at either end of these. Go ahead and secure these together at all ends with our screws or nails. This now gives us a rectangular frame which in essence, is our raised garden bed.
As per video, attach the four corner posts at each inside corner of our frame, this reinforces the frame and will make the raised bed a strong sturdy structure, when completed. Place the bed frame in our chosen location, dig four deep holes for the corner posts, ensure that the frame bed is level, pack some earth and stones around the cornerposts and this will secure the raised bed frame for us. This should now ensure that we have a strong secure structure as a raised bed frame, which will last us for years to come. The beauty about raised beds is, we can move or re-locate these at any time or to any whatever area we choose. If we are residing in an area where there are moles or gophers, it’s a good idea to lay down some chicken wire, before shoveling in the soil. This measure would prevent these critters from burrowing up through our raised beds and nibbling at our veggies.
So how did we do;
Depending on how particular we are as gardeners and whether we want this bed for flowers or vegetables; either option requires that we locate this raised bed frame in a sunny location for obvious reasons. We can place this raised bed strategically and carefully, so that it becomes an attractive, appealing feature of our garden and neighbours who call over can admire same. A good idea also is that the raised bed is visible from a kitchen or sitting room window and we can continuously admire our handywork. It will eventually become a focal point in our backyard or backgarden. Another good tip is to situate these raised bed frames near or adjacent to an outside hose or water source, as our beds will need to be irrigated occasionally.
The area where we will be situating the raised bed frame needs to be dug-up and well prepared as this facility will continue to serve us for many years to come. Infill the framed raised bed with well rotted farmyard manure, organic compost and a mixture of high quality topsoil. This is probably the most important element of the equation, as this is where we will be planting our vegetables or flowers. We need to pay very special attention to this issue and if we do, we then will have little or no problems with getting a good return every year.
The raised bed method of gardening has been proven to be twice as productive as the traditional methods of gardening which we have been accustomed to heretofore. In our new surroundings we have little or no weeding to contend with, soil does not compact after heavy rain, and most vegetables and flowers are a lot happier and healthier in this new environment. The soil is warmer in springtime and this augers well for earlier planting, thus giving yields that bit sooner than normal. We can also extend our growing season by using this system.
So from looking at the above image and you can see how simple an exercise this can be. We read a lot nowadays about what sprays, chemicals and pesticides are used on our vegetables, what country they have come from and the amount of airmiles travelled and so on. If we are seriously worried and have concerns about this issue, the solution is now in our own hands. Wouldn’t it be great to have roasted carrots, roasted parsnips, roasted asparagus or roasted potatoes on Christmas Day…… all sourced and grown from our own raised bed garden. How good would that be…? This is a very doable and achievable exercise and does not require a great deal of effort from us, to make it happen.
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