Raised bed gardening in my neck of the woods is a great way to avoid dealing with our sticky clay soil and it’s practically the only way to grow root vegetables. I have two large raised beds that I installed last year and am making use of for tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, and cucumbers this year.
Gardening in a raised bed solves many issues – soil condition, drainage issues, and height (making it easier to reach). Building a raised bed isn’t hard to do, and these aluminum raised bed corners make it even easier.
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Benefits of the Raised Bed Corners
Very Fast to Install
My new beds were put together rather quickly without having to cut any wood by using these corners. I picked up 12-inch by 10-foot boards, with two cut to 7 feet for the sides. Our local hardware store made the cuts for me, so I didn’t even have to get my circular saw out. At home, we simply screwed in the raised bed corners and filled the beds with soil.
Come in Different Heights
You can get these raised bed corners in different heights – 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″, 15″ and 23″.
Since these are aluminum, they should withstand the weather and last for a very long time.
Use the Corners for Fencing
Since the plastic cap at the top of the corners pops off, you could insert an appropriate sized post or PVC pipe in the corner in order to support netting for your bed.
New Product Allows You to Stack Raised Beds
Although they didn’t have this product when I purchased my raised bed corners, they now offer a set of stakes that go into the very corner of the raised bed corners so that you can stack one set of boards on top of another to make a much taller raised beds. This is a great option for those with trouble bending down to garden. However, you have to purchase another set of raised bed corners to make the second level.
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Alternatives to the Pre-Made Corners
The alternative to using these corners is to utilize 4×4’s on the inside of the box to make the corners. You don’t even have to sink them, they should work just being attached to the inside of the frame, just make sure that the bed edges overlap at the ends. This would require a little more cutting, and someone to help you hold the edges while you attach them to the post. This is also a cheaper alternative.
To make an even higher raised bed, just use taller 4×4’s to attach more boards to. It’s a little more work than pre-made corners, but it should work just as well.
I liked the aluminum corners because the wood fit right into the slots and held it up as we attached them. I also like the ability to use the center of the pre-made corners for inserting posts for netting or frames.
Note About The Size of Raised Beds
One thing I would like to point out (that I discovered a bit late), is that you should make your raised beds only wide enough so that you can reach all parts of the bed without having to step in it. Mine are a bit large, making it necessary for me to get inside the bed to reach the middle. I should have opted for more beds with smaller widths.