The whole concept of gardening as we know it has changed considerably and continues to change at pace, with the arrival and discovery of raised beds. The benefits and advantages of this type of gardening are well documented and its no wonder people are really getting excited about this change of direction that’s now happening. The materials used for this type of gardening are primarily wood or timber ( approx 90% ), but people are also using plastic made raised beds, raised beds are made from concrete or cinder blocks and from time to time some people are also using galvanise sheets to make and construct these raised beds. The appearance and appeal of these raised beds are also a factor in why a lot of people are choosing to opt for this method. They are easy to assemble and they can also be easily relocated, if we are not happy with where we situated them initially.
Why are most of these raised beds made from lumber is a question that arises from time to time and the answers are numerous. Firstly using timber to construct these bed frames, makes the task so much easier and the versatility of wood means that it can be completed in no length of time. We could go so far as to say that we could have a raised bed constructed, filled with topsoil, planted with vegetables in a matter of hours, its that simple. The second issue or factor is, the style and appearance of the finished raised bed, gives our back garden or backyard a makeover, if you will. These raised bed garden frames will definitely add significant appeal and will enhance the overall appearance of our back gardens to no end. We will look at a few different designs, styles and examples of these raised beds, how aesthetically pleasing they appear and how professional the end product looks.
Tiered raised beds;
In the above example, this is what people are now making with pieces of wood thrown aside from other projects and it does look rather attractive as a garden enhancement or accessory, rather than a raised bed frame. It is three tiered and there are different compartments or sections for all of the different types and varieties of vegetables or herbs that we may wish to grow. We can also see from this image that it doesnt take up a lot of room or space and given its dimensions ( 4 x 4ft ), this frame can be located anywhere near our house or can be placed on a patio or large decking area. We could even use this on a balcony or roof terrace, such is its versatility and functionality. The next frame from the bottom up measures 3 x 3ft and the top frame is 2ft x 2ft. The floor of these frames makes it possible to have an assembly like this and as you can also see it’s not that difficult to construct. Its very suitable for growing herbs or salads and the only visible maintainence is a little watering.
Professional take on raised beds;
The above example is a rather pro or semi – pro approach to this exercise. As we can see its a very well assembled frame for this raised bed garden. The sides are 10ft in length and the width of the beds is just over 2ft. Its more of a showpiece for the garden, but nevertheless will make a great above ground growing space for our veggies once again. The insides are again reinforced with upright braces or posts, as are the corners, which gives extra sturdiness and strength for our growing requirements. Indeed if we examine the make-up of this timber frame bed, we can see that it’s not an overly difficult task to achieve. Its just lengths of lumber assembled into side pieces then screwed onto each other at the corners where the upright braces are, and thats about the size of this task.
Timber log type raised bed;
The above image of a 3ft x 3ft raised bed is another fine example of people using their imiganition and ingenuity and the end result is stunning in its simplicity. Its constructed in essence from agricultural fencing posts, which are cut in two down the middle and then arranged on top of one another ( 3 high ) to give us this fine simple rustic raised bed frame. The slats are then nailed against each other and thats about the sum total of work required to give us this result. The finished bed frame will easily sit anywhere in the garden, will safetly do for a small amounts of vegetables and again looks fantastic as a garden accessory, once again. If we were to place this on our lawn, it would be a great addition, if only to break up the monotony of a great big green grass area.
Back garden raised bed frames;
In this final example of a raised bed review, there is a little more work in achieving this type of a result. For starters we have three simple bed frames ( 8ft x 3ft ), arranged in a managed order, so that they are easily accessible for planting and maintenance. They have been carefully assembled in another area, then placed in a convenient location out in the back garden, where, we can see from the image that the end result is a great success. The immediate area around the beds is then covered with hardcore, which makes working in and around these raised beds a pleasure. We will never have mud on our boots and it is very accessible for wheelchair users. The whole area around the raised beds vicinity gives the appearance of a thorough professional project in raised bed gardening and it would seem, that to be operating or managing these beds would again be a very enjoyable exercise.
From what we have just described above, the concept of raised bed gardening is a very simple undertaking and the only requirements needed to achieve an end result like any of the above is a bit of get up and go. Any of the above results are easily achieved and when completed, will give us an extra amount of satisfaction, for sure. With the exception of raised bed no.2 above the other three beds are just simplicity in the making. If I was to score the three easy projects for a degree of difficulty out of 10, I would score them at a 4. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this review and if you have any questions or queries, please use the commnets box down below and we will reply to you as soon as possible.
Happy gardening to all,
‘No life is without difficulties,
no garden is without weeds’
– C. L. Fornari