I had spent most of the weekend looking at options in terms of metal or timber raised beds, and had finally decided on metal beds from The Vegie Garden in Bacchus Marsh. Mainly because Nick and I are not particularly handy, so I decided that the extra cost was well worth avoiding us killing each other while building what could double as a grave site.
This plan lasted until this morning, when my sister asked me three times in a row “whether I had considered timber beds, because they look easy to make. Also, cheaper.”
Damn, three times.
So I agreed to go research the cost of timber beds, because (really) they can’t be that difficult to construct.
The end result seems to be that I can buy a 2400x840x800 metal raised bed for around $360 (probably plus delivery) or I could build a 2400x1200x800 timber bed (that unfortunately will also be 75mm wide, I think) for around $200. I’m hoping that the 1200 won’t be too far to reach across, it may turn into a 2400x900x800 raised bed instead…
Given that I would like to get more than one of these beds, I think the $320 saving probably is worth all the aggravation. Tomorrow I’m off to talk to a nearby garden/building supply centre about purchasing some sleepers (in 43 degree heat, no less, see how dedicated I am?).
Here’s hoping I don’t regret it too quickly!
Have you built your own raised beds? Or undertaken a project without being ‘handy’?