Beds for the lazy

This article discusses beds for the lazy: photos of the simplest structures to make for those who want to get a neat garden, with minimal effort, the most common materials and technologies for creating structures based on them. The reader will learn how to combine vegetables on one bed and prepare the soil for planting cucumbers. The article contains practical recommendations for beginning summer residents.

Designing the correct beds in the garden will be the solution to many problems and will open up new opportunities for the owner of the summer cottage:

  1. protection against soil erosion in the garden when a large amount of rainfall or watering plants occurs. The sides of the beds will keep nutrient soil in place, preventing it from being washed out onto the tracks. In addition, the passages between the structures themselves will remain clean, no dirty puddles and drips;
  2. Neat beds will make the garden more attractive and organized. 
  3. Neat beds will make the garden more attractive and organized.
  4. the possibility of forming the basis for the creation of a temporary greenhouse for the spring. By installing high sides as fences, inside the structure, you can organize a multi-layer garden bed, which can be used as a greenhouse. To do this, it is enough to install special arcs and pull the film. The result is a neat greenhouse; 
  5. improving the appearance of the garden due to the ordered and even landings with a beautiful frame;
  6. creating borders that prevent the spread of weeds.

Making do-it-yourself beds from boards and other materials allows you to clearly limit the planted area, thanks to this weeds and harmful plants are not able to spread widely. If the fence of the garden digs deeper, the protection level rises and perennial weeds can no longer penetrate the garden, which can not overcome this barrier.
Note! With the help of beds with well-buried fences, the distribution of plants such as bulrushes and creeping wheatgrass is effectively blocked. Their root system is capable of covering large distances underground, if not limited.

Varieties of beds in the garden: how to properly prepare for construction

standard;
high;
narrow.

Standard beds are on the same level with the garden, they do not go deep into the soil and do not protrude above it. At the same time, the owner of the territory can independently choose the width, length and nature of the location of the beds in the summer cottage, photos of interesting design options can be seen in this article. As a rule, plantings are placed at a distance of not more than 0.5 m from each other, so that plants are easier to care for. To mark the territory it is recommended to use a rope stretched between the pegs. The use of a special garden marker is allowed.
The paths can be sowed with lawn grass, but at the same time it is necessary to follow the clear outline of the beds
The paths can be sowed with lawn grass, but at the same time it is necessary to follow the clear outline of the beds
Before proceeding with the manufacture of beds with a narrow design, you should make sure that the building area has a flat surface and a sufficient level of lighting. This type of product is characterized by increased row spacing. This parameter can sometimes reach 1 m. Moreover, the beds themselves do not exceed 0.45 m in width. The designs of narrow beds slightly rise above the soil level. The difference between the height of the garden and the surface of the plot is 0.2 m.
Many gardeners note the convenience when working with narrow beds
Many gardeners note the convenience when working with narrow beds
In the area where the construction of the beds is planned, you should dig the soil and make fertilizers. At the same time, you should not spend nutritious additives on aisles, you only need to process the planting site. As fertilizers, dolomite flour or a special complex consisting of mineral substances can be used.
Interesting fact! Narrow designs are also called Mittlider beds (in honor of the person who invented the technology for their manufacture). According to the agronomist, the garden will bring a good harvest if you regularly water the plants and make nutritious mixtures of industrial production. But he, on the contrary, did not recommend compost and manure.
Narrow beds according to the Mittlider method, due to the large amount of light received, give a good harvest

Designs of DIY beds made from improvised materials can be created based on:

  1. Stone or brick - products from these materials look aesthetically pleasing, while they are characterized by a long service life. The disadvantages of stone or brick frames include their value. In addition, the assembly procedure requires a large amount of time; dismantling a stationary structure can be difficult.
  2. Vines are the most accessible material found in nature. Due to the flexibility of the beds, you can give any shape, however, the service life of this design is limited to a short period of time. In addition, you will need to carefully study the weaving technique and acquire a special tool for cutting branches.
  3. Metal - the material allows you to create lightweight portable structures that can be painted in any color. However, the cost of such a frame is high, and a welder and handling skills may be required to operate. Products also need corrosion protection.
  4. Slate is a relatively inexpensive material that provides easy assembly of the structure, but requires extreme accuracy because of its fragility.

How to arrange beds in the garden

Equally important in obtaining a rich harvest is the correct choice of place for the construction of beds and the layout of their placement. It is desirable that the terrain chosen for the organization of the garden is smooth and maximally illuminated by the sun throughout the day.
Note! Most plants need a lot of sunlight. In the afternoon, a little dimming will be helpful.
To make the right choice of place for the organization of the garden, it is recommended to spend some time on the site and observe the distribution of light across the territory throughout the day. In addition, special attention should be paid to the placement of trees, both on their site and in the territory of neighbors. This is necessary in order to determine how large the shadow is and where it falls. It should be borne in mind that the site, flooded with sun in the winter, can be shaded in the summer, because in the warm season, dense foliage appears on the bushes and trees.The best place is the area where the sun is present all day. It is allowed to install beds where the shadow is present in the morning or in the afternoon. If the proposed construction zone is darkened throughout the day, you should not use this place to equip the garden.

How best to make beds in the garden

Each type of beds has certain advantages:
raised or tall beds are the most effective designs that are best suited for growing vegetables. Building materials for their creation are not expensive, while the soil does not need digging. The width and height of the structures depends on how much effort and time it will take to build them. Most often, summer residents prefer wooden beds from boards. On the network you can find photos of bulk beds with your own hands, such designs do not have a fence. They also belong to the category of raised structures;
Container beds are very convenient as you can move them to another convenient place if you wish
Container beds are very convenient as you can move them to another convenient place if you wish
container beds - will be beneficial in cases where the space of the site is limited. To organize such beds, small, large and medium-sized pots are suitable. Especially good in containers feels garlic, pepper, salad and greens. Mobility is another advantage of container beds, which, if desired, can be rearranged to any place;
beds in the open ground - the oldest way to grow crops that land directly in the ground. In such conditions, it is more difficult to get a good harvest, so the technology of joint planting of vegetables in the garden is often used.
Annual plants can be grown in large plastic bottles and placed in a convenient place for the site
Annual plants can be grown in large plastic bottles and placed in a convenient place for the site
Helpful advice! If you plan to plant crops in open ground, it is recommended to determine the quality of the soil, fertilize it and compare the compatibility of vegetables in the garden according to the table.

How to make beds from boards with your own hands

Most often, raised beds are made of wood. This material, in comparison with others, is considered the most practical and environmentally friendly. Similar designs look very aesthetically pleasing in the photo. Do-it-yourself beds from boards have other advantages:
a simple maintenance system involving easy weeding, harvesting and watering plants;
the possibility of growing vegetables, even where the soil is completely unsuitable for these purposes. A frame is made on the basis of the boards, which is subsequently filled with fertile soil purchased at the store, so there is no connection with the quality of the land and its composition. Due to this, plants can be grown even in areas with a rocky surface;
Strong wooden beds can be made independently or purchased in the garden center
Strong wooden beds can be made independently or purchased in the garden center
construction-boxes allow you to hold the soil inside the beds. In addition, the presence of the sides simplifies the process of installing arcs to form a greenhouse. Fixing these elements on the fence is much easier than digging them into the soil;
without even knowing how to make beds in the garden, any summer resident will cope with the manufacture of wooden structures, boxes. Boards are easy to process, and for the construction and assembly of the frame does not require the presence of expensive tools;
there is no likelihood that plants planted near the sides will get burns in the summer heat. Wood, unlike metal, is not prone to overheating.
In order to avoid leaching of soil from high beds, it is necessary to pay special attention to the joints when assembling the box
In order to avoid leaching of soil from high beds, it is necessary to pay special attention to the joints when assembling the box
Note! Ecological purity of the material allows you not to worry about harmful substances entering the soil. Wood is much safer than asbestos-cement sheets (slate). The exception is boards treated with chemicals designed to double the life of the material.