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The addition of a raised bed garden is a wonderful solution for people with back problems, knee problems, a limited range of motion, or those in wheelchairs. Those with impaired vision may find that a raised bed provides structure and helps with orientation as well. For people with developmental delays, a raised bed will break down a normal garden into a smaller piece. 

Raised beds are more manageable, and they will also work to eliminate issues with soil quality, drainage, and pests.

Appearance

When creating a raised bed, the designs are limitless. Choose a height that id right for you, and a shape that will work with your landscape. Use materials to construct your bed that blend or enhance the style of your landscape. 

For those gardeners in wheelchairs make sure the height of your bed allows you to work comfortable, without any bending or leaning. Make sure it will be low enough that you can use garden tools easily; typically the suggested height is 16 inches high. If the bed is for a child, it will need to be lower. 

You can make the bed in any shape you desire, depending on the amount of space you have available. A formal and highly organized garden may demand a stunning oval or circular shape, while a narrow bed makes for a casual setting. A triangular shape will make a wonderful addition to an empty corner of your garden. If you plan to create more than one bed, you may want to keep them in the same shape to unify the look. 

Make sure that no end of the bed is more than two feet from an accessible ledge, as it is not safe to climb into the bed to care for it. Again, if the bed is for a child, make it even closer!

Materials for Construction

Raised beds can be made from many different landscaping materials. Bricks and other masonry items can create a stunning look and are readily available and sturdy at the same time, often easily blending into the style of your landscape. Stack logs, wood, or railroad ties can create a rustic and charming look, while being an inexpensive material choice. 

If you are also using the wall as a bench, make sure to choose materials that support the weight and create a smooth surface!

Additional Tips

Always remember that safety comes first when creating a raised bed. The materials you choose to incorporate will determine how the construction process will go, do not use anything loose, like gravel or stones, as these can cause accidents! 

Try lining the bottom on your raised bed with two layers of landscaper’s fabric; this will help to keep weeds out of your raised bed. Make sure to use a good soil blend to create healthy and thriving plants.

Set for Life

Although this process is very time consuming and may be a little expensive at first, once you have your raised bed built, you have it for life! You can enjoy the gardening process year after year!

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