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How To Build Raised Beds In Gardens For Disabled People

Is your garden getting to be a little hard to manage? Bending and working at low level becomes difficult as you age, or if you are disabled, and gardening quickly moves from being a pleasure, to being a chore. It is sad when that happens, as a great deal of pleasure is lost. Maybe you are fit and healthy but know someone who is struggling. If you were to give them a helping hand by constructing raised flower beds, it could allow them to continue enjoying the garden for many more years to come.

Raised Beds In Gardens

If you have never built raised beds before, read on. You will find some great construction methods here that will help you complete the job without any fuss, and make someone very happy.

Timber Box

By far the simplest method of construction is to make a timber box, as in the image, but without a bottom. The box is created from planks of wood joined together in the corners by a vertical piece. The box is held together by rust proof screws. When it is complete, line the inside with a waterproof membrane, remembering to leave the bottom open. Then fill it with top quality compost and soil for a healthy growing medium. All of the tools for this project are available atLBS Builders Merchants and many other online shops.

Recycled Bricks

This method takes a lot more work, but the finished job will last much longer than the wooden box. Here is the process.

  • Dig a trench for the foundations. It needs to be six inches wide and four inches deep.

  • Fill with concrete mixed to two parts sand, one part gravel, and on part cement.

  • Begin laying the bricks to the best of your ability, one row at a time.

  • Stagger the vertical courses until the top course is complete.

  • Finish with capping stones.

  • As before, use a damp proof membrane to line the inner walls before filling it with soil and compost.

Railway Sleepers

This is by far the quickest method but involves the use of a chainsaw. Here’s how.

  • Cut the sleepers to size and lay them down on the ground.

  • When the first row is in place, cut the pieces for the second row.

  • Place as many rows as you need on top of each other and stagger the corner joints. Fix them together if you think it is necessary with bolts, but this isn’t usually needed for small beds.

  • As with the other solutions, line the inside with a damp proof membrane.

  • Fill with growing medium.

The beauty of raised beds is that they can be constructed to any shape. A wheelchair user could move inside a U shaped bed, for example, and be able to reach both sides at once. Another benefit is the ability to control precisely, the chemical composition of the soil that is being deposited in there. Some plants prefer an alkaline soil while others prefer an acidic one. Beds could be loaded to individually suit the plants that are to grow there.

Whether the beds are for fruit, flowers, or vegetables, they will be a welcome upgrade to the garden and your labours will be greatly appreciated. So give yourself a pat on the back for being such a nice chap and click your heels as you leave; you are great.

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