Metal raised garden beds have become more and more popular in recent years, and gardeners using metal raised garden beds will slowly become a trend.
Why do metal raised garden beds get so many good reviews? A metal raised garden bed will last at least 20 years, while other materials can last up to 5 years. In contrast, metal rasied garden beds are the best value for money.
Furthermore, compared to traditional wooden raised garden beds, metal raised garden beds are more aesthetically pleasing. Whether they are placed outside the yard or in the yard, they will not look obtrusive but will add a touch of color to your garden.
Another important point is its smooth surface, which not only ensures the safety of the gardener during work but also means gardeners do not have to worry about small animals such as raccoons climbing on your garden bed and ruining your efforts.
Among the many options of raised garden beds, the most preferred are wooden raised garden beds. Second, garden beds can also be constructed from metal, concrete, stone, or other materials. Many talented gardeners also hand-make some garden beds from waste materials.
Vegega's metal raised garden beds range in height from 8 inches to 32 inches. In general, the deeper the soil depth available to plants, the more freely their roots will grow. A deeper raised garden bed generally does not need to be watered as frequently. Because the higher the raised garden bed, the better the drainage. Therefore, it absorbs more water from the soil of the overall garden bed.
Choosing the right size for metal raised garden beds
Optimal width for raised garden beds
A raised garden bed with a width of 4 feet is suitable for the average person to walk through at least half of the garden bed from one side. So the width of the garden bed can be considered to be 2 to 8 feet. Vegega metal raised garden beds are available in 2-in-1, 4-in-1, 6-in-1, and 9-in-1. Different sizes have different widths, but this depends on the available area and individual needs.
In other words,
If your bed can be accessed from both sides, keeping the width at 4 feet is preferable.
If it is only accessible from one side, keep the width to no more than 3 feet.
With a width of 4 feet, you can remove weeds, till the soil, water the plants without the hassle, and have easy access to the surrounding plants. It is especially suitable for people with inconvenient legs and feet or those with lumbar muscle strain.
Optimal height for raised garden beds
Vegega has three different heights of garden beds to suit most needs. When we buy a garden bed, the size should be enough to ensure the normal growth of the root system.
8-inch: 8-inch garden beds are ideal for plants that do not have long roots, such as herbs, potted plants, and creeping vines (lettuce, mint, basil, and cilantro). If choosing an 8-inch metal raised garden bed, it's best to place it on top of grass or soil.
17-inch: 17-inch garden beds are suitable for growing most vegetables and flowers, such as radishes, carrots, cucumbers, and beans. If you have children, raised garden beds should be closer to the ground, and 8-inch and 17-inch tall garden beds are good heights.
32-inch: If you have a bad back, go for a 32-inch garden bed. work without bending over. Deep-rooted crops such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons, pumpkins, and corn, as well as some larger flower and fruit trees such as roselle, are more suitable for 32-inch garden beds.
Tips need to be known before choosing a raised garden bed.
No matter what material you choose for your raised garden bed, the first consideration is where it will be placed. (As for where the garden bed can be placed, please refer to the article: Workable Position to Place the Metal Raised Garden Bed).
The height of the metal raised garden bed is also closely related to the location. If the garden bed is placed on a hard floor, then when we choose a garden bed, we should try to choose a higher raised garden bed, such as 17 inches or 32 inches. Because if the garden bed is too low, the roots of the plant will hit the hard surface, preventing the plant from reaching down.
If it is placed on soft grass or ground, a garden bed of several inches is fine. Because plants are planted with longer root systems, even higher than a garden bed, there is enough ground space for them to stretch down.
Whether the garden bed will be squeezed and bent due to excessive filling. Honestly, the taller the garden bed, the bigger the volume. If the whole garden bed is filled with soil, then when the water is too much, it is easy to cause the extrusion deformation of the bed due to excessive internal pressure and the possibility of bulging outwards.
There are two ways to avoid this from happening.
One is the filling.
When we fill our garden beds, we can use more than just soil. In addition to the necessary liner insect control, organic matter such as wood, fallen leaves, and compost can also be placed. It also reduces stress on garden beds while improving soil nutrient and drainage performance.
The second is the barcing rod.
We can also install bracing rods on the metal raised garden beds to prevent the bed from bending.
Vegega's 17" and 32" 6-in-1 and 9-in-1 configurations come with bracing rods, which can better fix the garden bed and prevent it from bending. Of course, some special shapes and larger sizes will be equipped with bracing rods. If you need to purchase additional bracing rods, you can learn more about them here: Bracing Rod for Extra Long Bed-Twin Pack.