I’d pretty much decided on metal raised garden beds. There were two reasons for this: one was that I was concerned that in 10-15 years time the timber beds would look rather … scrappy… The other had to do with the amount of work required in assembling them. The set sizes of the sleepers meant that a fair bit of cutting would be required to make the beds the sizes that worked. And since my back has been playing up again today, I’ve decided that not requiring further back surgery is preferable to saving a few hundred dollars.
With that in mind, I designed some garden layouts with the sizes of the metal raised beds to see which would work better, and I thought I’d share them with you.
The grey sections are (for the most part) a 30cm clearance to make sure that there’s room to move around the beds. The green sections are existing trees and the red sections are spaces that I feel are wasted, but can’t find a way to work around.
The thick black line is where there is a stepdown section between the two areas (there is a third stepdown section at the bottom of the garden, too, where there are more trees located).
As a point of reference, East is basically to the left of the image, and West to the right.
At this stage my preference is leaning towards the second layout (though the third would be cheaper, involving fewer beds), but all this may change if I end up getting those recycled fruit crates…and I do like the idea of upcycling timber…
How do you arrange your garden beds? Have you tried upcycling timber?