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On this subject we will look at the various plans, outlays, shapes and designs of raised beds. One needs to think outside of the box so to speak – let the creative juices start flowing here, oneself can be the greatest designer to build and bring this concept to whatever conclusion you desire. Visualise a picture of what or how you would like your raised bed design to look like. On a sheet of paper sketch a few drawings of what comes to mind, make a few tweaks here and there depending on the location and positioning of where your bed may be positioned.

If you are happy with what you have thought of – go ahead and bring all of this together. Now put your theories into practice. Imagine the satisfaction of planning and designing your own raised beds and how proud you could be to showcase them to your neighbours and friends. When all of this is complete, arrange a barbeque and invite the whole neighbourhood. Who knows – you may be asked for advice and eventually you could become an authority on raised bed designs.

Steps to remember. If you have an existing structure of say a garage or boundary wall, this would be a great place to start. Build a bed adjacent or parallel to these fixtures and you can expand from there. Be creative and innovative. The location of your raised beds is paramount, ie always position these in a sunny position and if at all possible have the longest part of the frame design facing southwards. The reason being you will be able to get the most benefits of the sun.

Different designs. A most common of designs is the standard rectangle raised bed frame which almost always measures 8ft x 4ft. For starters you could divide that into two equal parts leaving you with a 4ft x 4ft box type plan. Imagine positioning say 6 or 8 of these along the back wall of your garden, then plant a variety of veg. or flowers in each giving you an assortment of colour and choice. Leave at least a space of 2ft or more between each bed, this will allow for walking room, space to wheel a barrow or push a lawnmower if you decide to have grass surrounding the raised bed designs. A good idea is also to put down a nice decorative layer of coloured stone between the beds. This makes the whole concept a lot more attractive and pleasing to the eye.

Taking action. Nothing can be more rewarding than making a plan and deciding to carry out what ever that idea is. As you go forward and be creative, ideas will come to mind during construction of your raised bed design, always keep an open mind. To design and build your own is the ultimate. As you drive to town or take a trip out into the countryside, be observant, see what ideas other people have come up with. Adopt or change to suit. Several plans and designs can be also be obtained online. I hope and trust this information is beneficial and useful.


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