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Raised Bed Garden Ideas

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Potager Raised Bed Design A raised bed potager, or kitchen garden, showcases the orderly, formal design these beds can bring to a setting. Simple wood frames constructed from rot-resistant lumber provide years of growing success. Raised beds lend themselves to intensive gardening techniques, such as interplanting, succession planting and square-foot gardening. Colorful Raised Bed When raised beds are made from UV-stable polypropylene, they infuse a landscape with bold color year-round. Plastic beds provide long life and don’t rot like wood can. Just be sure to choose materials that are UV-stable to prevent rapid breakdown by sun exposure. This design features easy interlocking corners. Woven Wicker Gives a Rustic English Garden Appearance There are a variety of materials that can be used to build a raised garden bed, such as woven wicker, giving a rustic English garden appearance. Stone Beds Last Forever Stacked stones provide a long-lasting bed edging that doesn’t rot despite contact with wet soil. Stones might have a formal arrangement, like this stacked slate raised bed. The stone absorbs heat and radiates it into soil inside the raised bed, allowing you to plant sooner in spring and let crops grow longer in fall. Informal Stone Raised Bed An informal stone raised bed design features individual boulders stacked and fitted to create a foundation for productive gardens. This mounded garden illustrates a type of raised bed known as hugelkultur (German for “hill culture”). Plants in hugelkultur raised beds reach mature size more quickly than in traditional planting beds and need very little watering. Metal Gives a Modern Look Metal raised beds blend artfully into a modern style landscape. Any metal is long-lasting and carefree, and this product features a steel product known as Zincalume, which lasts four times as long as galvanized steel. This particular design offers the beauty of curved edges that softens the hard look of corrugated metal. Aim High With Beds Tall raised beds can make a small yard seem larger by injecting vertical interest. Taller beds take the backache out of ongoing plant maintenance by eliminating the stooping necessary to tend in-ground beds. When designing taller beds, consider adding simple benches that use the raised beds as a backrest. Grow Up in Raised Beds Use the frame of a raised bed as a construction platform to host a trellis, and you can stock your garden with climbing flowers or edibles, like snow peas. The frame of a raised bed provides multiple options for attaching accessory items, like a floating row cover, frost blanket or mesh fencing to deter animals. Take a Seat Red cedar makes a long-lasting contribution to a raised garden bed. This bed features a handy bench just the right height for perching on bed edges and tending plants in the garden. The bench offers a wide lip that hooks over the edge of the bed, providing stable seating. It’s also portable, small enough to pick up and carry to another spot along the raised bed edge. Big and Beautiful In areas where in-ground gardening is next-to-impossible, count on raised beds to provide successful growing options. These sunny yellow raised beds host perennials, shrubs and a lavender hedge. The beds also act as walls in this outdoor room, directing traffic flow and providing privacy. Box Your Garden Oversized red cedar boxes allow you to create a custom raised bed garden design. Five boxes of varying sizes come as part of a set. Arrange the planter boxes in a design that makes the best use of your growing area, sunlight or yard shape. Long-lasting cedar is rot-resistant, making an ideal material for raised bed planters. A Bed of Straw Use straw bales to create a raised bed that’s fully compostable. Straw beds bring a host of benefits to the landscape. They’re inexpensive and also offer a temporary bed solution. After the garden season ends, straw bales can easily be used as winter mulch or converted into layering material for creating a lasagna garden. Trolley Garden Bed Embrace pain-free gardening with a raised bed that’s tall enough to eliminate bending while tending. This elevated trolley garden offers an ample 12 square feet of growing area, including a deep enough pocket to host tall crops like tomatoes. Tuck shorter plants like leaf lettuce and radishes along bed edges. Brick Raised Beds Consider building permanent raised beds in patio areas or where uneven terrain makes terracing a natural choice. Brick boasts a carefree personality and sounds a formal note in garden design, especially when paired with eye-catching tile. When filling brick planters, maintain soil a couple inches below the top edge to keep it from spilling onto surrounding surfaces. Wall-Hugger Planter The wall-hugging qualities of this planter make it a good choice for small space gardens, where every square inch needs to work hard. Tuck the wall vegetable trug along a wall or fence for an instant raised garden bed that’s tall enough to eliminate bending when planting or weeding. Plant taller crops toward the flat side of the planter and shorter ones toward the front. Raised Bed Liner When the only spot you have for situating a raised bed is on a patio, deck or driveway, keep soil from washing out by installing a liner inside the raised bed frame. This bed liner features a patented double polypropylene fabric that lets water drain while keeping soil in place. It makes a great choice for laying over existing poor soil or grassy areas. The liner also keeps grass from invading the bed. Raised Bed Watering Using soaker hoses in raised beds can be tricky. Typically parts of the hose wind up soaking footpaths as they snake throughout beds. A snip-n-drip soaker hose system lets you trim soaker hoses to the correct length for your raised beds. Once hoses are cut, snap fittings into place and turn the water on.
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Raised Bed Garden Ideas

Here are tips on how to build cheap raised garden beds with cedar or concrete and how to plant in them! Every time I open a plant catalog or see a television commercial for sale-priced $99 raised garden bed kits, I cringe! You don’t need to spend that kind of money to build your own four-by-four-foot bed or even a 20-foot-long one. How to Build Cheap Raised Garden Beds Building Raised Garden Beds with Cedar My husband builds mine. He buys two 1×8-inch cedar boards, which don’t rot with age. They come in 8-foot lengths, which is perfect for 4×4-foot beds. Cut each plank in half, so that it is 4-feet long. Or, you can have a home improvement/lumber store make the cuts. Many places will do it for free. My husband also buys a 3-foot length of a 1×1-inch pine stake; he cuts it into four pieces and uses them to nail the cedar boards at the corners for bracing. That’s all! I place the boxes on cleared ground. We cut and roll up our turf, but many gardeners do not think it is necessary. The added 6 inches of soil will bury most of the grass and weeds beneath. After I situate the boxes (four or five grouped together makes a good sized garden), I put down three layers of newspaper to suppress errant weed or grass seeds that might sprout. Paper degrades fully within weeks and feeds the soil. Building Raised Garden Beds with Concrete Another fast, cheap method of building raised beds is to use concrete construction blocks. They have a big bonus. Their holes can be filled with soil mix and planted with herbs or strawberries. The extra gathered heat from concrete is perfect for Mediterranean-type herbs such as rosemary and lavender. Strawberry plants grow huge and fruit fast in the holes. Each block is 16 inches long by 8 inches high; I purchase mine at big box stores as find the price most reasonable. Beds of 13 feet or longer by 4 feet wide are cheaper to build using blocks than with cedar boards. Get more tips on how to build raised garden beds Planting in a Raised Garden Bed Grouping together several raised beds makes a substantial vegetable garden that is easy to maintain, with no weeding and crops that mature fast. You will be planting seeds and transplants close, because the beds are smaller and the soil is richer. But plants grown close together in raised beds mature faster, because they compete for nutrients and sunlight. Each plant senses the distance of others and adjusts its metabolism to compete. Several university studies have proven this competition syndrome by identifying how plants perceive others nearby using the green light spectrum. This 4 x 4-foot bed is crowded with productive peppers, cucumbers, a tomato plant and insect-repelling flowers that are edible. Get more tips for planting in raised garden beds. Raised Garden Bed Soil Mix The more organic matter there is in soil, the better. Soil microbes are fed, oxygen and water readily reach roots and plants thrive. Here’s the recipe I’ve developed in the last decade that works best for my garden. For one 4 x 4-foot raised bed. (Multiply amounts to fill larger beds.) 2 bags (2-cubic-feet each) top soil 1 pail (3-cubic-feet) peat moss 1 bag (2 to 3-cubic feet) compost or composted cow manure 2-inch layer of shredded leaves or grass clipping. If you use grass, make sure the clippings are not from a lawn that has been sprayed with herbicides or been fertilized with a food that contains granular herbicides to kill weeds. Both persist and will kill plants beds up to three years after the initial application. Mix all materials with a hoe or cultivator and water well. Be sure to mulch well with organic matter such as more leaves or clippings or straw. Watch our helpful video on building and planting in a raised garden bed! Plus, get more tips on building a raised vegetable garden. Have you built your own raised garden beds, or do you have more questions on how to? Let us know below!

Raised Bed Garden Ideas

Raised Bed Garden Ideas
Raised Bed Garden Ideas
Raised Bed Garden Ideas
Raised Bed Garden Ideas
Raised Bed Garden Ideas

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