Stylish Raised Beds

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Bricks are timeless and easy

Brick-flanked beds are easy to build and lend a traditional cottage-garden vibe to a veggie patch. The contrast of the bricks against the flagstones makes the beds even more attractive.

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Beams are sturdy and comfortable

This collection of beds was constructed with hefty wooden beams that will last for quite a few years. An added bonus is that the wide width of the beams provides a comfortable place to sit while weeding or sowing seeds.

   Jennifer Benner

Stone looks good everywhere

This stone-wall raised bed is a substantial and attractive addition to an overall garden design. It lends itself to both veggies and ornamental plants, making it a versatile design element.

Michelle Gervais  

Get creative with placement

This imaginative gardener turned a rarely used driveway into a productive vegetable garden with some custom-made metal raised beds. The substantial steel structures, configured in a decorative pattern with a central circle of gravel, make a visual impact and are just formal enough to keep this front yard from looking too casual.

 

   Darcy Daniels

Long and skinny beds allow easy access

Raised beds should generally be just wide enough that you can reach the middle of the bed from each side without stepping into the soil, but you don't need to limit their length. These long timber beds supply plenty of room for a big crop of veggies.

 
 Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Michelle Gervais is a senior editor.

From Fine Gardening issue #153.


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Comments (3)

JohnAKidwell writes: Nice idea...I will definitely try this in my garden..
Posted: 12:42 am on November 6th
Jamesjoseph writes: pressure treated uses CCA as a preservative. Study show insignificant movement of the compound into soil. It has no proven effect on plants or their growth. They stopped using arsenic in 2003. It is also safe around children and animals. I will be using it for my raised beds. CCA (chromated copper arsenate)
Posted: 10:00 am on November 15th
Pete999 writes: Question, rather than comment...

Is it safe to use pressure-treated lumber for the wooden raised beds ?
Posted: 10:27 am on November 13th
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