Tiered raised garden beds is a unique way of compensating for lack of space and it’s also a great way of improving the look and aesthetics of our backyards or backgardens. There really are no great advantages to this system of gardening, except that, its somewhat efficient and these can be located close or outside our back doors for easy access and saves us going down through the garden occasionally. They could be located on a patio or decking area, or perhaps on a balcony, if we were living in high rise apartments and as we can see in the images down below, they don’t take up that much space or ground area. There is no blueprint either as to how they should be built, but that said, there are several plans, designs and ideas for different layouts, shapes and sizes of this type of a raised bed garden available on the internet.
In most cases we would not grow our large vegetables in these, such as cabbages, squash, potatoes or tomatoes etc etc. Instead we would grow leafy greens like herbs, salads, onions, spring onions and so on, basically the most used of vegetables without going large scale in these planter containers. The basics are pretty much the same as if we were using standard raised beds, in that the soil content is similar, it needs to be enriched occasionally, we need to observe the moisture levels and adhere to the same maintenance exercises as usual.
What size should tiered raised beds be;
Again there are no limits as to how big or how high our tiered raised gardens beds should be. Its totally up to our budget, imagination and if by chance, we had some household maintenance or carpentry skills, we could always construct these tiered raised beds ourselves. The timber or lumber that we require need not be expensive teak or oak, but ordinary pine or red deal would serve our needs adequately for this purpose. Our lumber or harware stockist would easily be able to accomodate us, as to how much or what lengths we would need for a project of this nature.
Are tiered raised beds expensive;
Tiered raised garden beds are not at all expensive, especially when we look at them for the exercise of functionality, rather that as a focal point or part of our outdoor garden decor and so on. In the above image we can see that this design is a very standard basic tiered raised bed and can be put together in a matter of an hour or so. Let’s look at what is involved in this construction and for the bottom tier the dimensions are 4ft x 4ft, the middle tier is 3ft x 3ft and the top tier measures 2ft x 2ft. All in all, we would need 36ft of lumber, cut into the desired dimensions as outlined above.
All the same sides or lengths are nailed or screwed together and then the squared bed frames are placed diagonally on top of each square to give this attractive and appealing finish. The height of the boards can be 6″, 8″ or 10″ and the thickness of these planks would only need to be 1″ minimum, as there is no great weight or pressure on these, when we see how they are constructed and designed as above. Indeed off-cuts or seconds would serve our needs on this occasion and at a minimum, we could construct this raised bed frame for approx $20-30. All we would need is a saw, hammer and nails to complete this DIY project.
Tiered raised beds as a focal point;
In comparison to the above mentioned exercise, there are all sizes and shapes of tiered raised bed ideas out there and the sky is the limit as to how big, long, high or expensive we would like our tiered bed frames to be. Cost wise, we would be looking at upwards of $500 for a good sized construction, whether it be a factory designed production or perhaps we hired a construction company or carpenter to complete this task. The ideas and designs can be tailored to suit and fit into our backgarden plans and layouts, but we would need this task to be completed on-site. The lumber naturally, would be stained or varnished for protection against the elements , which adds to the price. On a health and safety issue, its always advisable to use the safe wood protection formula, especially on raised beds that we are using for our vegetable and salad purposes. If our tiered raised beds are for flowers and plants, or as garden furniture decor only, then ordinary wood stain would be sufficient.
As far as pros and cons, there is not a lot to debate on this occasion, save to say, that for some people the tiered raised beds would eliminate having to stoop or bend, during the planting or maintenance associated with these constructions. If built to a good standard of workmanship, these will really stand out and would become a source of interesting conversation with our neighbours, family or friends. The beauty about these assemblies is that when fully planted and the vegetables or salads start to mature, it’s only then that they make a great statement, ( as per above images ). How big or how high we want these is totally up to our own imagination and desire. As we mentioned earlier there are hundreds of plans, designs and shapes which we could work with, but the fact is, we should not be limited to what we see online either.
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