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.

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treated wooden planks used for temporary beds DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

low raised bed ideal for leafy crops DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

build permanent raised beds from brick DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

mesh covered canopies deter pests for raised beds DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

woven willow raised beds have cottage look DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

look for fsc logo on lumber for raised beds DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

tall raised beds are screwed together for strength DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

dual purpose beds with bench seats help with knees DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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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