Raised Bed Options

Whether you make your own or buy a kit, you'll love how easy raised beds are to tend. Here's a look at the different types.
From: DK Books - Lawns

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Temporary Vegetable Garden Bed

Use treated wooden planks, pushed halfway into the soil, for quick and effective temporary beds.

Low Raised Beds Obvious Choice for Gardening Leafy Crops

Low beds are easy to make and ideal for leafy crops.

Raised Brick Garden Bed

For permanent raised beds, build them from bricks, leaving small gaps in the bottom two courses to provide good drainage.

Raised Garden Bed Mesh Covers

Raised bed kits are easy to assemble, and some have integral mesh-covered canopies to deter pests.

Raised Beds of Woven Willow

Raised beds made from woven willow look great in cottage gardens but aren't very durable and need to be replaced every few years.

Renewable Raised Bed Kits Have FSC Logo

If you buy a wood raised-bed kit, choose one that uses lumber from a renewable source.

Tall Garden Beds for More Variety

When making tall beds, screw the layers together, rather than resting them on top of one another.

Beds With Bench Seats Save Wear on Knees, Back

Raised beds with wide tops allow you to tend your crops without bending or kneeling. Use thick lumber for the bed, and attach the wider seating edge along the top with long coach bolts.

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