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Review Raised Garden Beds

If you want a raised garden bed and you are a bit handy you can buy all the stuff and make it yourself.  Timber is always a good choice, although you should be careful using treated timber, you can make one out of breeze or besser blocks there are also a few around that are made out of colorbond metal like a water tank. It just needs to be strong enough to contain the soil, deep enough for the roots to grow and open enough for excess water to drain perfect for away.

Be Careful What You Buy

There are heaps of raised gardens on the market that come in kit form and are perfect for both first time vegetable grower and experienced gardeners alike. I thought it might be a good idea to have a look at some and see how they stack up. I’ve looked at quite a few and the big problem I see with a lot of them is that they are too shallow.  The ones that sit on the ground are fine as you are really just containing the normal garden soil and so the plants and your garden bed can go down into the soil. The ones that are elevated, which are really just a big pot, need  to be at least a foot (30cm deep) so there is enough soil to deal with the depth of the vegetable roots and so it doesn’t dry out too quickly. They also need to be sturdy enough to last a few years being wet on the inside and being outside in the yard.

This is My Number 1 pick

4-in-1 Modular Raised Bed

It’s made from colorbond steel so should be really durable. There is a two year manufacturer warranty.  You can set it up in 4 different ways. It is 15 inches deep so plenty of room for roots. It sits directly on the ground so drainage won’t be a problem. It has a plastic strip which goes around the top so the edges won’t be sharp. You just need a screwdriver to put it together. It’s reasonably priced at $199 from Amazon. It doesn’t have a bottom so should be placed on a surface like grass, dirt or gravel rather than on a solid surface. Everywhere I looked had them for the same price but Amazon’s shipping seemed the most reasonable. While there are no reviews on Amazon there are on other sites which back up my opinion that this is an excellent product.

Four ways to put it together makes it suitable for lots of situations

Four ways to put it together makes it suitable for lots of situations

Set it up in one of four shapes: 4′ 9″ L x 3′ 11″ W 6′, 10-1/2″ L x 1′ 9-1/2″ W; 5′ 5-1/2″ L x 3′ 3″ W or 3′ 3″ square all configurations are 15 inches deep. It holds approximately 2114 quarts of container mix, but you can also add topsoil and compost in with the container mix. 

If You Want One that Sits on the Ground

Raised garden Bed

Gronomics REGB 24-48 24-Inch by 48-Inch by 30-Inch Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, Unfinished

It is from the same company as the one above   so if you want one of each they will match it has all the advantages of the one above in that it is deep enough and strong enough plus it is higher so you won’t need to bend over as far. I really like these.  just make sure you have space for it as at 4 feet long it is bigger than it looks in the picture.

 

6 comments

  • Vicki; I really like how your blog is setup, good visuals and informative. I have raised beds on my property and can attest to their practicalities. I like the bullet points as well…..good job! will be checking back for other great ideas from you soon….

    Best,

    Tom

  • I really like the raised bed idea of gardening. I have a garden area, but it’s really hard to till and prepare so I often don’t get to it.
    I still want to garden, so I’ll probably go to raised beds of some sort.
    Will you be reviewing other styles of “raised beds”?

    Nice site by the way!

    • Yes Joanne raised beds are great for a whole lot of reasons. Ease of preparation and less backbreaking bending just a couple.I will probably get to more styles of raised beds as more become available. There is so much I can get into it can be a bit overwhelming. Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments –

  • Vicki, you have a beautiful site but what I like most is how informative it is! This is certainly a place for anyone to come and get questions answered about growing vegetables. I’ve book-marked this site to reference it to “gardening” buddies, thanks. 🙂

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