As we know, raised bed gardens are slightly higher than open ground gardening and for some people make life a little easier. With the raised bed systems, there is a great sense of comfort or easiness when attending to these gardening planters. We can now go a step further with this method of gardening and its known as waist high raised bed gardening. There are some great companies out there who saw a gap in the market and were fast off the mark in deciding to build and produce these for our gardening purposes.
Our senior gardening folk, who might have issues with bending and stooping while attending to their gardens, can now avail of these, which will make gardening much more enjoyable and less stressful. These elevated garden beds are avilable online, they can be purchased at garden centres or perhaps some hardware stores will have these instock also. If we are somewhat handy with a saw, hammer and nails, we could always build these ourselves, or we could get a tradesperson to do this project for us. To purchase the wood for these would not be overly expensive and I would suggest that $ 50 – 60 would be sufficient for a project like this. The thing about building some waist high planters is, it need not be aesthetically perfect, just something functional that will allow us to plant and grow our vegetables.
What height should waist high raised beds be;
Waist high raised beds serve a multitude of purposes, not only does it allow us to tend to our gardens without bending or stooping, but it would stop our pets and other critters from climbing onto our gardens. The ideal height would be 30″ or upwards, which would enable comfortable maintenance while attending to the gardening tasks. This height is the standard height of most containers and bed framed planters, which are being used for these reasons. It is once again up to our own individual taste, preference and liking as to what height would be suitable for our needs.
What size should waist high raised beds be;
This again is a matter of personal preference, ideally we would like something that would easily accomodate a sizeable range of vegetables or salads. Length wise, I would suggest that at a minimum, it would be four feet in length and up to six feet at a maximum. If we have raised beds that are any longer we may need extra supporting legs, which would obviously increase the cost and make it harder to construct. Width wise, I would not exceed three feet as this would require exerting and stretching, which could result in injury or strain. The other important issue is that we need our beds to be at least 12″ in depth, for adequate growing and planting purposes.
Different types of elevated planters;
Naturally there are several different makes, types, sizes and shapes to these waist high planters and again, its a matter of budget and requirement demand as to what is the best to suit our needs. The above elevated planter is pretty much a top of the range in this type of raised bed and price wise that is also reflected in that it retails at approx. $250. This is a top of the range model and we can easily see why. It has a strong sturdy frame, made from cedar wood and stands on six legs, so therefore we are paying for the material and quality workmanship. There are also drainage holes in this model and capacity wise, it would hold about 14 cu. feet of soil. It comes with an inside protective liner, which is easily installed. This model is available online and comes as a flatpack purchase and also has a set of instructions for easy assembly.
Homemade waist high raised beds;
When we are considering this option, the choice is endless and limitless in that we can make it our own style, size, height and material. The design and capicity is entirely up to our own choice and again, budget will decide what we can and cannot have in terms of having a planter for our vegetable growing purposes. The other great advantage in having this type of a raised bed is that we can locate these to whatever part of the garden we wish and if after the first year we are not happy with it’s location, we can move to another area that is better suited. Another great benefit in having a raised bed planter is that it can be tailored made to suit a particular space or similarily it can be made to fit into our patios or decking area. It can always become part of our house in that it could be attached to an outside wall for convenience purposes and if we are using a tradesperson for the construction and fitting of these, they would advise us on the best size and area for the placement of these. Should we decide to go down that route, don’t forget that we will always need drainage holes in these receptacles at all times.
There is no limit to what we can have in terms of choice, size, shape, height or any other measurment that we may need. That is the beauty of making or having these constructed and assembled to our own dimensions. There are numerous plans, designs and ideas for these types of planters all over the internet and are free to download. To be more specific and up to speed there are now specialised gardening apps that we can download to our iphones or ipads, which will help us with design and shape etc etc. Here’s hoping that this information will be of some assistance to our gardening friends who would be looking for advise or help with these types of raised bed designs and ideas. As always we are very welcoming of any comments or questions to any aspect of gardening that you may be concerned about. Please feel free to contact us through the feedback section down below and we will reply as soon as is humanly possible.