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I am often asked to garden on raised beds. This is one of the best ways to grow productive and healthy plants, and if I had the opportunity, I would choose raised beds every time.

I largely explain the success achieved on the set of the movie “Fresh from The Garden” by creating raised beds for the vegetables that I grew. They allow you to better control the drainage, create individual soil conditions, a specific planting area and a more comfortable working area are just some of the advantages.

Although raised beds can be as simple as laying the soil in a deep and wide planting area, in this discussion I will touch on those that have size limitations. Here are some things to consider when creating your own:

Material

Everything works to preserve the soil, from concrete waste to wood, railway sleepers, etc. Composite wood, made from recycled plastic and wood fibers, is also becoming increasingly popular.

I prefer untreated and rot-resistant wood, such as cedar. Pressure-treated wood is affordable, but there is debate about the safety of its use, especially when such beds are used for cooking.

Height

I have had great success with 12 inch high beds. This creates at the roots of plants an excellent environment for growth and growth. However, if your floor is well modified, a bed height of 6 inches is sufficient. Some raised beds have a height even up to the hips, which helps to keep the back and minimize bending. Assuming a good floor replacement, anything over 6 inches is a bonus.

Length and width

When building raised beds, the length is completely optional and is mainly limited to the space of your body. The width, on the other hand, is more important. The beds should be wide enough so that the plants can be placed in at least two rows. In many matters, three rows are desirable. However, do not make the bed too wide so as not to reach the center.

All the beds in the Fresh from The Garden set were 12 feet long and 3 inches wide. The plants grew well, and I could always plant at least two transverse rows. However, I think a 4-foot-wide bed is perfect and offers even more planting possibilities.

Other considerations

When using flexible materials such as wood, the pressure of the soil causes the shaft to tilt. You need to drive the stake halfway in and attach wood to it to prevent this outward bending.

If you are using wood, build the frame so that the wood of all the boards is facing inward. Otherwise, you can move away and bend outward when the wood is dry and covered with patina. This is not only hideous, but it can also lead to the removal of screws or nails and make your beds less safe.

Speaking of screws, I prefer them to nails for fixing wood. Sorry if you make a mistake, but be sure to use all-season wood screws at least 3 inches long. To avoid cleavage, it is recommended to first drill control holes, especially in the direction of the ends of each part.

Currently, ready-made kits including connecting elements and hinges are readily available, so you can adjust the shape and height of your bed as you wish. These devices simplify the design of the bed and do not require any design. As for the simplicity of the design of raised beds, these sets are perfect. You can find them in many garden supply catalogs and order them by mail.

If you really want to have a beautiful fruit garden, try raised beds. They have never been easier to make, and the benefits for you and your plants are numerous. The best thing is that they are waiting for you season after season.

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