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Raised beds and planters for easy gardening solutions

 

Easy ways to get yourself a raised bed

£135.66 Each
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Pressure-treated timber raised bed kits are really versatile, they’re easy to construct and put in position, and, because they have anti-rot treatment, they’ll last for years.The Forest Garden Sleeper Raised Bed is a chunky, rustic raised bed made from landscaping sleepers. It comes as a self-assembly kit with all the fixtures you'll need.  It can be set up on a patio or next to a path, and, of course, you can reposition it at any time, which is a big plus. Its 40cm depth means you'll easily grow a selection of veggies, herbs, flowers or even perennials.

There are large garden planters on the market which make superb raised beds. The Forest Garden Linear Tall Planter is a generous 90cms tall and made from pressure treated timber with a 15 year guarantee against rot. It has a porous lining is provided to keep in moisture and soil and allow your plants to thrive. The Linear's stylish contemporary slatted design means a raised bed can also be a thing of beauty!

Walling makes great raised beds

There are some great walling products out there which make very effective, long-lasting raised beds if you have more time and budget. There’s even a wooden sleeper lookalike which makes an excellent and substantial growing environment for your veggies or favourite plants. Marshalls Woodstone Sleepers come with posts to make instant frames for veg beds. They’ll never rot, of course. They can be dismantled and moved around your veg plot as design and needs change.

£354.07 Per Pack
From £93.18 Per m2
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Real railway sleepers might be tempting but watch out, the creosote means they are no longer permitted to be sold for garden use. Skin contact with the chemicals is not advised.

600x600 paving slabs are an option, you can position them on their sides. Make sure you bury the first 15-20cm and leave at least 45cm to form the raised bed wall. It’s a good idea to bed them in concrete or else they’ll shift over time and your bed wall will collapse. Buy Marshalls Pendle Riven Utility Paving for an affordable, long-lasting option.

Building a raised bed

Late winter is a great time to build your raised bed.  Leave a path between each wide enough for a barrow, that’s about 50cm comfortably.

If you can, orientate them North /South rather than East/West so all plants get a shot at the midday sun. Choose a reasonably level area and make sure you clear the area of turf or existing plants. Any turf you cut and top soil you move at this stage should be saved. You can put it back in the bottom of your bed and save money on compost.

If you want to put a raised bed on a hard surface like a patio, you’ll ideally need beds that are at least 45cm deep, if yours are shallower, just be prepared for a bit more watering.
If you’re using walling or paving materials for your raised bed, make sure you leave gaps for drainage every 50cm or so. Some gravel held in position by a bit of mesh or chicken wire against these gaps will stop soil washing out.

Get started on your own raised bed veg plot

Here’s one winning tip for successful veg growing, use raised beds. Creating a bed above the soil level means you raise its temperature. Warmer veggies grow quicker. And they are easy to cover with fleece or plastic for weather protection. Your seedlings will grow happily in well-drained soil, no wilting away in the water-logged soil after heavy rain. Plus you can control the type of soil you need in each bed, ideal for example, if you are after a bumper garlic crop and your garden is on heavy clay. Last, but by no means least, you can work them more easily. That means less bending and easier weeding.

Compost, soil and all things mucky

Once your raised bed is up and in position, you’ll be wanting to get some good top soil and compost as soon as possible.
You’ll need 8cm of gravel, chippings or stones for a drainage layer unless you’ve got good, free-draining soil. If your bed is on a patio, definitely put down this layer. Cover with some permeable membrane (easy to pick up from the garden centre) before filling up with soil.
Any topsoil will benefit from mixing with well-rotted manure. If you don’t know your garden soil PH, now’s the time to find out how close it is to the ideal veg growing stuff.  Addressing the PH will make a huge difference to how your veggies grow! You can also buy ready-made compost for raised beds like John Innes No 2 or 3 or you can DIY with three parts organic matter: two parts sharp sand: seven parts topsoil.

It’s a good idea to wait a couple of weeks before planting too. This will give everything time to settle and become the perfect root zone. And if you are desperate to get things going, we advise covering up your raised beds with some polythene cloches to get the soil nice and warm.

Get in touch with the team at Turnbull on 01529 308839 (or via our web chat facility) for any advice on the suitability of our products for your garden project.