The raised bed kit simply allows for the growing of flower or vegetables above the natural ground level. “How high off the ground?” That is a personal matter and gardeners have their preferences. Some sort of earth mixture with fertilizers added to it, is placed in this rectangular shaped container resting on the ground. The height of the sides of the container is decided by the depth of the soil required for the growth of your crop.
Framed Raised Bed Kits, like those frames available from the Mega Garden Store, are made of wood; either treated or untreated lumber is used. The choice of which to use is yours. The untreated lumber will not last as long as the treated variety, but that may not be a requirement in your selection process. By using a multiple of kits to construct your raised bed you can increase the depth; that is if you need it to be greater than the 10” to 12” that comes standard in the kit. The Mega Garden Store supplies two types of raised bed kits. Either the untreated European
Whitewood or they provide the same lumber with a special treatment applied to the Whitewood. It is coated with a preservative designed to prevent the growth of fungi and extend the life of the wood that will be exposed to the elements. The preservative is a chemical called ‘Tan lithe’. It combines a copper solution with an azoles compound, designed to extend the life of the wood and protect the vegetation within.
The crops planted in a raised garden bed, are sown closer together than if they had been planted in the ground’. As they grow, their touching leaves form a natural shade over the growing medium below and retard the growth of weeds.
Both the treated and untreated boards supplied by the Mega Garden Store, are supplied with steel end-bands at one end and sturdy corner supports, which are used to tie the units together. Raised Garden Bed Kits are made from European Whitewood and are steel banded at one end and are available in a variety of sizes.
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Written by John Owen for Mega Garden Store