Garden Bed Varieties!

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Mandala garden pic from Kootenay Permaculture Institute

Mandala garden pic from Kootenay Permaculture Institute

 

 

One of my favorite little Permie maxims is, ” Unity Through Integration and Integration Through Diversity”.  There  are many different possible configurations of garden beds each with different advantages so here is a brief bit about some different types and terminology.

 

    Raised Bed (Boxed):  

  • A garden bed that has been raise off the ground and in which the soil is held in a framed box of some sort.  These can also be made as table beds for easy access for folks with physical challenges.  Raised box beds work well for climates with lots of moisture and appeal to those of us with tidy sensibilities
  • Raised Bed (unboxed)

  • A garden bed that has different layers raised up without a frame.  The advantage of not having a frame is that you actually get more space for plants because the bed is a parabolic curve.
  • Sunken Bed:   

    A sunken bed is a bed that has been dug down in order to gather more moisture and works very well in dry-land settings.

    Hugelkultur bed: 

  • This innovative bed is made by piling wood, newspapers, rubbish and compost up, and then covering that pile with dirt, mulch, and vegetation. These beds are usually raised but could be sunken too.  The wood and rubbish act to attract water as well as aid mycelia (fungal) growth which is beneficial for your plants.
  • Mandala Bed : 

  • Mandalas are beautiful circular and sometimes spiral patterns that may also incorporate forms from sacred geometry.  The advantage of a mandala bed is it’s unique beauty and also that they’re non-linear which can mean significant space savings.   Some mandala designs have seed start beds in the center and more established plants on the outside which is a super convenient way of organizing your plants.

 

Please enjoy and share these two manuals on how to make a raised bed as well as a hugelkulture bed…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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