I am often asked to do gardening in raised beds. This is one of the best ways to grow productive and healthy plants, and given the Option, I would choose raised beds every time.
I attribute a lot of the success on the set of Fresh from The Garden to building raised beds for the vegetables I grew. They allow for better drainage control, the ability to create customized soil conditions, a defined planting area and a more user-friendly workspace, to name a few of the advantages.
Although raised beds can be as simple as hoarding land in a deep and wide planting area, for this discussion I will turn to those who have body limitations. Here are a few things to consider when building your own:
Everything that is necessary to maintain the floor work, from concrete waste to railway sleepers to wood, etc. recycled plastic composite materials and wood fibers are also becoming increasingly popular.
I prefer untreated, rot-resistant wood like cedar. Pressure-treated wood is affordable and readily available, but there are some debates about the safety of its use, especially when such beds are used for edibles.
I’ve had great success with beds that are 12″ high. This gives the roots of plants an excellent environment for Expansion and Growth. However, a bed size of 6″ is sufficient if your floor is well changed. Some raised beds even have a low waist to minimize bending. As long as the floor is well changed, everything about 6″ is a bonus.
Length and width
When building raised beds, the length is completely optional and mainly limited to your body space. The width, on the other hand, is more important. The beds should be wide enough to allow at least two rows of plants. Three rows are desirable in many matter. However, do not make the bed too wide so as not to reach the center.
All the beds put on the garden bed were 12′ long and 3′ wide. The plants were growing well, and I could always plant at least two transverse rows. However, I think a 4′ wide bed is ideal and offers even more planting possibilities.
When using flexible materials such as wood, the pressure of the soil causes the wood to arc. You need to stake half-length and attach the wood to it to avoid this outward bow.
If You use Wood, build the Frame so that the Wood grain of all the Boards inward. Otherwise, during drying and weathering of the wood, they can move away and curve outward. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also pull screws or nails, making your beds less safe.
Speaking of screws, I prefer them to nails for securing wood. The screws are forgiving if you make a mistake, but be sure to use all weather screws with a length of at least 3″. To avoid splitting, it is a good idea to drill pilot holes first. especially against the ends of each piece.
Ready-made Kits are now readily available, which include gaskets and hinges, so you can configure the shape and height of your bed as you wish. These devices make setting up the bed a breeze and no construction is necessary. When it comes to simplicity for the construction of raised beds, these Kits are ideal. You can find them through many catalog distribution and mail-order companies.
If you really want a beautiful and productive garden, try the raised beds. They have never been easier to make and the benefits for you and your plants are many. Even better, they are waiting for you Season after Season. What could be simpler?