Review of Raised Bed Frames

Review of Raised Bed Frames

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.

In conclusion;

 

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,

Cheers…..Phil Browne.

 

‘No life is without difficulties,

no garden is without weeds’

– C. L. Fornari

 

8 thoughts on “Review of Raised Bed Frames

  1. In your “Review Of Raised Bed Frames”, it was interesting about the three tiered planter. In deed it is very attractive and just may be the best idea for me since I am so focused on salads! Perfect! On the semi-pro “U” shaped bed, I noticed it is placed directly onto the grass area. With any raised bed; when ready to actually fill it, should one line the bottom with some kind of lining such as garden cloth or plastic? I was taken by the “back garden raised bed frames” being designed in a way that was accessible for wheel chair users. This is a well thought out idea. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I’m excited to get started on a salad bed! :o)

    1. Hi there Paula,

      Many thanks for stopping by and offering some great positive comments, these are very much appreciated. I agree with you about the tiered raised bed concept, it makes a great statement and all it is, is really three square frames placed on top of one another, its really that simple. Sometimes when starting a raised bed on grass, its a good idea to take up the grass sod, within the raised bed frame and then you will have no issues later on, say with grass or weeds coming up through the garden bed soil. One would put down a waterproof membrane only if you were locating a raised bed frame on a patio or decking, that’s to prevent the water from leaking out onto the ground, as it would look unsightly.

      Thanks again for stopping by,

      Best wishes and happy gardening,

      Cheers Phil Browne.

  2. The information you have provided in your website will be very helpful to others. I love the concept of box gardens. This year is the first time my husband and I have planted a box garden. I have never tried the stacked garden, but this gives me a good idea to do one. If more people raised their own crops and livestock we would be a much healthier nation. Your website is easy to follow. The only thing I can think of is you may want to tweek the look of your pages.Add a few more visuals. Add more color to catch the eye. I think your website will do well. Good luck to you.

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for dropping by, much appreciated. I agree with you on the square box tiered raised bed concept, it is a nice project to work on and I hope it will go well for you. The idea of becomming self-sufficient and more self-reliant on growing our own is gathering pace at present. It will definitely lead to a healthier lifestyle for sure and also there is a certain amount of satisfaction attached to growing our own as well.

      Thanks again for stopping by

      Cheers Phil Browne

  3. Garden raised beds are the up and coming trend to many gardeners. I like the fact that you have pointed out they are basically wooden frames and they can be made by any one with a bit of DIY knowledge.They can also be bought on the market. One point that maybe you can cut the content into smaller headed paragraphs so people can relate better . But all in all as a fellow gardener you definitely know your subject and i look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Excellent.

    1. Hi there Andrew,

      Many thanks for dropping by and offering comments feedback, these are greatly appreciated. I am glad that you found the post informative and I agree with you on the simplicity of the raised bed concept, its just a wooden frame placed on the ground, filled with topsoil and there you have a raised garden bed. Its a very simple idea and easily achieved by ourselves as you say with a little DIY knowledge.

      Thanks again for stopping by,

      Happy gardening

      Cheers…………..Phil Browne

  4. Hi, Phil I am enjoying reading your posts on raised beds. I have been in gardening for a while know and am always open to new ideas.

    I learned how to do canning and sharing with other for better gardening techniques. Have had over 300 tomato plants but I found the care of them was too much work, down to 100 but it seemed my tomatoes are a lot happier because they get most of my attention and produced more.

    The three tear is a great idea for herbs close to the house. Just need good lighting and I think I can accomplish that on my deck. I think my lettuce will prosper better in a raised bed. I will book make this site for future ideas.
    always a better way
    sending blessings your way
    Linda

    1. Hi there Linda,
      Many thanks for stopping by and offering great feedback comments. I am glad that you like the site information and hopefully the ideas will be useful and beneficial to you sometime in the future. There is a great buzz and excitement around raised beds right now and a lot of people like the attraction of these.
      They definitely make life easier and are a great way to keep one’s garden neat, tidy and at the same time accomplishing some great growing results. I guess that is the versatility that this system of gardening will bring to people and how these bed frames can easily be accomodated anywhere around the house or garden.
      Thanks again for stopping by,
      Happy gardening,
      Cheers Phil Browne.

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