Here are some helpful ideas building raised flower beds. We also talk about why to use a raised bed.
I am not much of a flower person but I grow my vegetables using raised beds. There are two types of raised beds which I have used, but there are may ways to make a raised bed--most of it will depend on your budget.
I use raised bed so I do not have to bend over as far. I will build my beds up to about 12 inches--but if I could, I would have them a lot higher.
I use landscape timbers but also have grown fond of using landscape bricks. The bricks cost a bit more, but are quicker and easier to work with, especially if I want to re-locate my raised beds or re-design them.
The bricks just stack on each other with a little lip that will hold them in place.
When using the landscape timbers, there is hammering and sawing. Since the timbers have slight variations that cause them not to sit right and look level like the bricks do. Also, sometimes trying to get straight timbers can be a problem.
I can fit a lot of bricks in my vehicle, but the timbers will stick out.
The bricks will be my choice for future beds.
There are two things you do not want to use in your raised beds. They are railroad ties and telephone post. These are sealed with Creosote which is a tar like substance that is poisonous. The EPA does not allow it to be used in non-commercial applications.
Yet, I have seen railroad ties being used for vegetable gardening. One such community garden was bragging about how all their stuff was grown organically so it was safer to eat--yet the garden had railroad ties running all through it.
I explained to them why they should not be used. Two years later when I went back, they were still using them.
One big advantage with the landscape timbers is if using a PVC Greenhouse, the PVC pipe can be mounted on the timbers using screws. Easy, convenient and no chance of your greenhouse blowing away.
Below is a set of pictures showing our various raised beds.
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