Raised vegetable beds – what to look for and where to buy them from

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  • wors
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    I made mine from lengths of timber decking, it doesn’t take long at all. What takes the most time is filling the beggars up with soil, compost etc!

    stumpy01
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    What are you planning on filling them with?
    We looked at doing some raised beds at the old house, until we found out how much it would cost to fill them.

    We just dug a veg patch out instead…..

    What are you planning on filling them with?

    My father-in-law owns a field so I can dig up about 0.0000000000000000000001% of a small corner of it and use that 🙂

    meehaja
    Member

    scaffolding boards.

    filling them is easy enough,

    start by lining them with some cheap cardboard, this will prevent deep weeds coming up (for a bit) and will break down within a year or so to let your veg roots prosper!

    next add some garden waste, cut grass, leaves, whatever (i shredded some bushes)

    next add kitchen compost, veg peelings, tea bags etc, keep it moist and dont add meat or you’ll have rats!

    chuck in some horse manure (usually free from stables)

    then add regular soil and you’re away! i don’t bother with regular compost, its expensive and my soil is good enough

    eyerideit
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    +1 old scaffy boards – just ring around a few yards and see if they’ll sell/give you them.

    PJay
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    My Dad buys old railway sleepers to build his. They’re nice and solid (and heavy) and usually very well treated against rotting.

    My Dad buys old railway sleepers to build his. They’re nice and solid (and heavy) and usually very well treated against rotting.

    I thought about those (my local wood yard sells them) but doesn’t all the treatment absorb into the soil and therefore the veggies (I don’t like the idea of pomme de terre a la creosote).

    PJay
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    He doesn’t seem to have had a problem but uses them mainly for strawberries rather than root veg. You might be able to line them with something.

    There seems to be loads on the internet about raised beds made out of railway sleepers so I guess that there’s an answer to your question out there somewhere.

    Planning on building a raised vegetable bed over the winter so I can start planting next spring.

    The thing is, I don’t know what to look for or where is best to get them… (Yes I *could* make my own but I honestly find it difficult to get the time so something pre-fabricated that I just need to screw together would be preferable).

    I will be growing the usual sort of stuff to start off – potatoes, onions, spring onions, carrots etc. It can’t be too big as space is at a premium, but it does need to be quite deep (I assume) so I can grow potatoes.

    Any help, advice and links most welcome.

    gusamc
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    buy some 6″ planks/scaff boards, some 2×2 and an axe and saw. (to cut and shape 2/2 into stakes)
    then do some screwing together 4ft x 6ft bed = 6 stakes (corners and long middles)

    I dug then down to about 9″ below ground, turned over lots, added topsoil and mature and sophisticated horse pooh, works very well.

    However, personally I think it’s a crap idea and I would use the planks flat as edges and just dig down/out and fill with topsoil/horse pooh. (digging/working is easier in a flat area with no obstacles)

    *edit spuds should be earthed up as sort of upside down Vs so you might not need as much soil as you think – ie you don’t need to earth up the gaps

    dobo
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    not sure if gravel boards would be big enough but i bought some for another purpose the other day 1.8mx150mmx25 for £1.92 at scats which i thought was fairly cheap compared to other places i tried. stakes in corners and double height them.
    3m was cheaper still. reclaim railway sleepers be better though but arnt as cheap

    john_drummer
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    sleepers. line them with opened out poly bags of the type that compost comes in. poke some holes in the bottom to allow drainage. or simply use them where the soil is likely to touch the sleepers

    Premier Icon tomaso
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    Avoid any timber that is tamilised or creosote or tarred as they will put toxins into your veg/fruit – tanilised timners contain cyanide!

    You can buy untreated sleepers cheap enough and they won’t kill you and get some beefy coachscrews to hold’em together and you are away

    coach screws

    Check out Monty gardeners world

    andyl
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    We used treated timber when we built our raised flower and vegetable beds but we did line the inside with some thick plastic rubble sacks tacked to the back with felt roof tacks (can’t remember the name of them) to stop the soil/water running through the gaps and to keep the timber treatment out of the soil.

    Mikeypies
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    I was going to do raised beds at the allotment but did lazy beds instead

    upsides

    cheap no wood to buy or to fill with extra soil/compost
    dont need as much watering

    The Irish and Jocks used them for 100s of years apparently

    downsides

    they dont look as nice

    FunkyDunc
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    I too am looking at doing some raised beds too. I want a more modern comtemporary look, some thing a bit like this…do you need to treat the wood or will it last long enough without being treated? Also how can you treat it without it being a danger to the veggies inside?

    Ta

    Edit – Stoner ah yes I thought I had seen your picture before, how much were they, and does the supplier do deliveries to Bradford ?!!?

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    My local agri suppliers were doing oak sleepers for only a few quid more than tanalised softwood.

    Screwed together and with some batten across the joints on the inside. And the sides are lined with DPM to prevent moisture being drawn out of the bed too much and into the wood.

    Elfinsafety
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    Bullheart once stood me up in favour of some railway sleepers… 😥

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    oh and just made this coldframe last week to be able to do winter lettuce and other CCA varieties.

    The cold frame is designed to go on any of the beds in any orientation depending on the rotation we’re doing.
    the two beds in the foreground are fallow for winter and I’ll cover them with a tarp soon. Just waiting for the roundup to knock all the weeds off.

    rocketman
    Member

    Google ‘Linkabord’. The Lego of raised beds

    Easy to assemble/disassemble/expand/contract/move around the garden etc.

    MrTall
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    I shall be getting one of these come spring time

    http://www.webbsdirect.co.uk/forest_garden-kitchen-garden-trough-prod586834/

    It’ll go on the patio as i don’t have room in the garden for a home made sleeper raised bed.

    They do a bigger one but i can’t find it on their site at the moment.

    Not cheap but far better for me than losing lots of blood and several fingers if i tried to make one myself…..

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    they’re 100 bloody quid?!??

    wors
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    I shall be adding to be raised beds over winter, son’s play area is being moved so that makes room for 4 more beds!

    Sroner are those solar panels in the background?

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I cut the ends of some battens into points, painted them with fence paint, hammered them into the ground, and fixed old floor boards to them. Then filled behind the board with topsoil and compost. Worked a treat.

    No point raising the bed very high if you have soil/ grass underneath – it’s just a waste of money and effort.

    MrTall
    Member

    I said they weren’t cheap but i shall look around at the time as Webbs are usually way more expensive than most other places so i’d hope to find one a fair bit cheaper.

    chrisjones
    Member

    I bought these Gardman cradles from my local garden centre.

    Gardman Cradle

    The plus side are they are easy to move about (though heavy when full!)

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