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Raised bed

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:01 pm
by JohnN
In Homebase the other day I spotted a Birdies Raised Bed, made of metal sections, nominally 5ft x 18* x 15"high, but can be assembled in several different shapes. It was only £10 so I couldn't resist it - but I have no idea what to use it for or where to put it! Has anyone else used one of these? Any bright ideas would be welcome!

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:26 pm
by Westi
Blimey never heard of it, but what a bargain ! Maybe a herb bed, not too deep so limited - salad leaves as well spring to mind.

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:17 pm
by JohnN
Here's the finished job - I've raised it even higher on tanalised planks on beer crates and screwed some strips along each side to prevent the compost pushing the sides out at the base. When my wife came to inspect my handiwork she stared at it and said in a suspicious voice "That looks as though it could be used as …oh, well, never mind - but I'll make the tea in future!" :evil:
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Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 am
by jeff64
They are not new JohnN, we used to have one hung on the wall in the back yard back in the 40s

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:14 pm
by JohnN
So did we, Jeff, but ours had a bottom to it! The hot water was heated up on a kitchen coal range and we bathed by the light of oil lamps.

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:02 pm
by Pa Snip
JohnN wrote:So did we, Jeff, but ours had a bottom to it! The hot water was heated up on a kitchen coal range and we bathed by the light of oil lamps.



WOW !!! you could afford oil for lamps, rich family :D !!!!

I had to have a tin bath by the light, by the light, by the light, of the silvery moon.

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I looked for these 'raised' beds as soon as they appeared on Homebase clearance webpage. According to the stock list our local branch had plenty, except when I made the special journey to our local branch they didn't have any

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:03 pm
by robo
I wish we had a bath that big you could get all the family in that all together the dog as well

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:57 pm
by JohnN
Pa Snip - Perhaps your Homebase made the same mistake as mine did at first. When I enquired where they were they sent me outside where all the outdoors stuff is, including other "raised beds". In fact the Birdies ones were in flat packs inside the store and hidden under a bench!

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:57 pm
by peter
This evening my Homebase has rectangular metal raised bed 7'6"×3'×18" for £25 flat pack, no screws needed, Australian make.

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:09 pm
by Primrose
What an elegant compost bin ! It would match my fence ! Actually I thought it would make an excellent bathtub for Pa on his allotment after he,s finished shovelling all that manure. Self draining too !

I would think you could grow most vegetables in that. It looks deep enough for root vegetables but would also make a nice environment for decorative shrubs like acers.

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:02 pm
by peter
The ones I found were in the discount area, which is pretty much as far away from the garden bit as you can get.

Re: Raised bed

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:55 pm
by Diane
Interesting project - I'd grow herbs - or a mix of succulents as a feature.