Raised Beds

What is a raised bed?

An area of soil which is higher than the surrounding garden. A raised bed can be edged with timber, or other material, but may just be a mound of soil. The height is not critical and usually varies from 4″-6″ up to a couple of feet. Deeper beds are often used by people with health problems but remember they will need a lot of soil.

Why use them?

  • Better drainage
  • Warmer soil
  • Deeper layer of topsoil
  • A few inches higher is easier on the gardener’s back!

What to make raised beds out of?

  • Wood but not pressure-treated, old scaffold planks are good.
  • Cinder blocks, very cold weather can sometimes break them.
  • Cedar or redwood, natural insect-repellant.

These are some new raised beds edged with scaffold planks which are about 230mm (9 inches) wide.
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