Two Raised Garden Beds Types: Traditional and Modular

| 1/3/2017 9:14:00 AM

Modular Garden Bed Joint 

The benefits of raised bed gardening are well known and embraced by those who appreciate structure and organization. The ability to bypass non-ideal soil conditions, maintain good drainage with proper moisture retention, creating a contained yet accessible growing environment, and protect against weeds and pests means higher yields and less headaches for the modern gardener. Depending upon your skill level, construction know-how, or time availability there are different approaches you can take to readying your growing area. Below is a quick 101 on two design methods: Traditional (DIY) and Modular Kits.

Traditional Garden Bed (DIY)

Traditional Raised Garden Beds utilize wood boards attached together with screws or nails to make a rectangular frame.  The frame is then filled with soil and planting commences.

To construct the traditional garden bed frame, you will need the following tools and materials: Tape measure, marking pencil, saw,  hammer or screwdriver/drill,  nails or screws, and enough board length to make your desired raised garden layout. Cedar wood is generally used due to it’s longevity and natural resistance to insects. You’ll measure the boards and mark them to be cut at your desired length, saw the boards at the marks, position the boards in your desired layout and carefully nail/screw the corners of the layout together making sure not to split the board ends. 


If your gardening aspirations exceed the confines of your current garden bed, you can expand your bed by carefully dismantling one end of your garden by removing the nails or screws from two corners, adding additional lengths of board with a backing board or anchor post for the new board ends and now open old board ends to attach to, and then reattaching the end board to the now larger garden.  Note: Be careful when removing nails or screws from boards and then reattaching them. The wood will have a higher chance of splitting.

Are Traditional Raised Beds Right for You?

While certainly an attractive technique for a handy DIYer, traditional methods can be cumbersome to time-strapped gardeners or those who are not super handy.

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