My interest in ideas for garden bed setups almost always
leads me to a garden that’s a little different.Every gardener seems to put a spin on one of
the traditional types of garden beds. The following ideas are taken from me,
friends and neighbors. Maybe one of these ideas will light a spark of your
inner gardener soul and get you started.
Flat Ground Garden Bed
Shown here is an example of a "Flat ground Bed". The small wall on the right/top helps reduce the dry hot westerly winds and shades the garden towards the end of the desert day. The low cost of building this type of gardenmeansthe owner doesn’t need a lot of money to get started and can spend more money on seeds andpre started plants. This gardens set up made it a powerhouse of vegetable production for the desert summer. To the left is a picture of just a few of the wonderful vegetables the garden is producing.
Hoop House Flat Ground Bed
The hoop house below shows another spin on backyard gardens.
Shown above are pictures of another type of flat ground garden with a clever twist. In the past this
gardener has had trouble with rabbits and other hungry animals. To solve his
problem he got some flexible PVC pipe from the local box store and created a
hoop house.With some larger PVC as
anchors, he bent the longer pipes over to fit in the anchors. Then he supported
the hoop house with horizontal PVC pipe. He also covers the Hoop house with
chicken wire and added a PVC door. In cold months he can cover the hoops with
cheap light weight clear painters plastic to make it into a green house.
Vertical Flat Ground Bed
The above small flatbeds use curved bricks to beautify and contain
their compost rich soil.The beds also feature a
brick wall with chicken wire and mason wire lattice to help the beds plants utilize vertical space. Small spaces sometimes
have big results with vertical climber plants I.e. peas, cucumbers,beans and even
Stone Raised Bed
here are a few raised beds made with castle stone brick. The advantages
of using brick for raised beds are the ability to create curved beds. Also brick beds don’t rot like wood and they get the earth warmer earlier in spring while retaining heat on
cold night. The warmth of the brick also extends the fall planting season.
Stone Raised Bed with Climbing Fence
The use of this painted, bent and arched mason fencing in this raised bed enables the
cucumbers plants to climb. Climbing helps in keeping the vegetables off the ground. This
also creates a shaded ground around the roots to help retain moister in the rich soil. Also the use of drip irrigation brings plants
water directly with little waste.Mulch
caps the ground to help maintain the moister on the summer garden surface. During colder seasons this arced bed can also be covered with plastic for a green house effect or sheets to help keep the frost off. Small Christmas lights can also be hung for beauty and additional warmth under the covered garden cloth.
Here is probably the most common type of "Raised Bed". It is
made with 2 by 8’s. Each level consists of 3 boards, two boards are uncut.
The third board is cut in two foot sections for the center, corner and sides support. A support boards going across sections of the inner bed
is highly recommended so buckling isn’t an issue. Shown here
is a bed with three levels. Not seen are medal support brackets used on the corners. One advantage of the beds height is rabbits aren't able to jump up and eat the
vegetables. Also this gardener conveniently doesn’t have to bend to garden. Higher raised bed gardens are great for people in wheel chairs who still want to garden.
Elevated Raised Garden Bed
This garden "Raised Bed" has a definite twist to the
traditional beds. It’s on stilts. The creator of this raised bed now has
gardening storage area underneath the beds and the ability to shade, screen or
cover the top with plastic. The owner put drain holes on the bottom and uses
gravity to move any excess water off the tilted base. Extra support for the bed bottom is used. Though this garden was probably build for easy access and luxury of not having to bend, it serves even a more important function; Flood Protection! Floods often sweep away years of hard work and precious soil. With the aftermath of devastating storms, pollutants may contaminate garden areas forever. A garden on stilts at least gives the homeowner a chance to get back to some sort of normalcy with lack of fear from flood damage.
Enclosed Raised Bed Gardens
The builder of this raised bed is a true gardener.Nothing is going to get to his veggies. The base is made of painted cinder block loaded with topsoil. The top of the structure is professionally caged in to stop any animal from tampering with his garden production. That is besides the tomato stealing neighbor. The small box on the side is an electric fence switch which can be turned on to keep the curious raccoons and other thinking animals away.This gardener seems to have thought about it all including drip irrigation.Instant success, just adds light. Oh he has lights inside to.
These previous gardens shown are just a few examples of what can be accomplishing with a little though. You don’t need a lot of money, just some seeds and dirt. Imagination will do the rest.
The slideshow below may help give you more ideas for building a raised bed. If you see something you like, click on it and it will bring you to the site and explain all the how to's. If the idea picture you like has passed, wait and it will soon come back around.