Raised garden beds are not a new idea but with the increasing popularity of zinculume and modulated timber units, more and more people are seeing the benefits of them, young and old.
Nearly all nurseries, hardware stores and garden centres will have several different types and sizes to suit all kinds of requirements. From small options for singles living in units to larger models for bigger yards and families. I have even seen models suitable for use on a balcony, though these are usually glorified planting tubs and boxes.
The benefits of using them are many. Typically used by the elderly where bending over to do traditional gardening is limited, but also used by younger people looking at getting into gardening.
Raised Garden Beds have some additional uses in the garden and around the yard.
Raised Garden Beds can be used to make compost. Layers can be continually added and when full can be planted directly into. The compost can also be removed and used around the garden as you would with a traditional compost heap.
Using commercially available pond liner, raised garden beds can be easily transformed into fish ponds or backyard aquaculture systems. Their ease of construction and relocatability makes them ideal for this use.
When you have excess sand, gravel, compost, mulch or bark around the yard, it can look messy. Raised garden beds are ideal for use as storage facilities for these types of garden products.
If you have children, no backyard is complete without a sandpit to play in and build castles. One issue with sandpits has always been cats and other animals walking in and leaving their calling cards. Raised garden beds are great for sandpits because they are easy to cover with a tarp at night. It is of course, important to ensure any sharp edges are well covered to avoid children damaging themselves. Rubber capping (Bailey Channel or similar) can be fixed to the top of tin beds to remove any sharp edges.
Raised garden beds have a lot of uses around the yard and garden. They can be adapted to suit your requirements and also come in premade versions ready to set up and use.
You could also try to make your own Raised beds from scratch using scraps of iron and timber. By making your own you can build them to suit the size and space of the area they are being utilised. This way you do not have to search for a perfect fitting commercially available unit.
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