Осенью необходимо продолжать периодически стричь газон, однако теперь стоит ориентироваться на прогноз погоды и постараться провести последнюю стрижку за 12-14 дней до наступления заморозков. За этот срок трава успеет восстановиться после повреждения и подрасти до 6-7 см – в таком виде она лучше перенесет похолодание.
Более короткие ростки могут вымерзнуть, а более длинные после увядания станут причиной появления ненужного войлока на лужайке, который может привести к образованию на ней проплешин. К тому же чрезмерно отросшая зеленая масса создает большую нагрузку на корневую систему травы, отчего та слабеет и становится более уязвимой в условиях зимних стрессов.
Осенняя стрижка – важная процедура по подготовке газона к зиме
По окончании последней стрижки с помощью веерных граблей сгребают весь мусор (опавшую листву) с газона и оставляют его в покое. После таких процедур, своевременно проведенных в осеннее время, зеленая лужайка с легкостью перенесёт зимние невзгоды и следующей весной станет главным украшением приусадебного участка.
76 Free DIY Raised Garden Beds Plans
1. Two Tier Garden Bed
This raised garden bed has a very unique style. It is actually two-tier. Meaning it has a stair-step appearance.
The really cool thing about this design is that you can plant on both levels. So, if you have something you want to plant that might be taller then plant them on the bottom tier.
Then you can plant smaller plants or flowers on the second tier, and they will still be visible and get lots of sunlight.
2. The No-Frills Garden Bed
So maybe you aren’t looking for a unique design. Maybe you just want something that will keep your plants organized and looking sharp but will also be easy to build.
Well, look no further. This garden bed is a basic square with basic building instructions. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
So, if you are new to carpentry this might be a good entry-level raised garden bed project for you. And it will still add a nice look for your yard, too.
3. Simple Cedar Garden Boxes
If you have a fenced yard, these boxes will look great against it. This is actually one of my favorite traditional garden beds. The reason is that they are two boards high, which means gardening in them is much easier on your back.
But I also love the clean look of it all. And the cedar wood isn’t too bad either. So, if you are looking for an organized way to plant your flowers or vegetables, add these beauties to your backyard. They will certainly make your yard pop.
4. Landscaping Timbers Garden Beds
So have I ever mentioned that I have a ‘thing’ for landscaping timbers? Well, I do. They are usually inexpensive and have a way of adding organization and simple beauty to an area that was once chaotic and well, unattractive.
Why should the results for your garden beds be any different? You stack these beauties together and once again, you have an organized space for whatever vegetable or flower you wish to grow in that area.
5. Raised Bed With Benches
These are really sharp looking garden beds. Beyond the beauty that the wood brings to the picture, let’s just talk about the functionality of these raised beds.
First, they are pretty tall. This equates to less bending and a happier, less stressed back. But then, they also have benches which means you have areas to hold your necessary equipment or even a place to sit while you work in your flowers.
6. Fenced Garden Bed
Do you have pesky vegetable predators around your house? Oh, me too! We have rabbits and squirrels everywhere. All come with the territory when you live in the middle of the woods, right?
Well, if you have that problem then this garden bed just might be for you. It is three boards high which is great for the ease of working in your garden. But it also has a fence that goes around your garden bed. This might help keep your unwanted visitors out of what you have planted.
7. DIY Garden Enclosure
Okay, don’t let the picture confuse you. What you have here are three raised beds and a standing spot. All of which are enclosed by netting and a door.
This is great news for your flowers and plants because the enclosure means that they have less chance of being disturbed by any unwanted visitors. So there again, if you have a pest problem then you might want to consider giving this enclosure a go.
8. Garden Enclosure
Here is another garden enclosure. Isn’t it gorgeous? It gives your plants and flowers a safe place to grow and adds a bit of rustic charm being built from gorgeous wood.
I also love how it appears large enough to grow a small variety of what you might desire in your backyard. So, if you have certain plants that pests go out of their way to go after this might be a safe place to grow them successfully.
9. Raised Bed Planter Stand
This is a unique idea if you want to grow something fresh or pretty and place it in a smaller area. I could see this working wonderfully on my front porch. What a unique way to display your flowers without having them low to the ground.
Another great idea is if you are an apartment homesteader. This would be a great addition that could easily fit out on a balcony and grow a lot of fresh herbs and vegetables.
10. Raised Bed With Legs
I really like this idea for a raised garden bed. Again, let’s say you live in an apartment or want to grow something in a smaller space. This raised garden bed allows you to do just that.
Even more so, it is also portable. So if you don’t like the idea of something permanent, then you don’t have to worry about that in this case. If you decide you want it somewhere else from year to year you just have to move it.
11. DIY Raised Garden Beds
I really like these raised beds. They are absolutely gorgeous. What I love even more is that they appear to be very easy to construct. I say that because the lady who wrote this post had never built garden beds before, and she made these beds look gorgeous.
So, if you are new to building garden beds, this might be a good tutorial for you. Her list of instructions is very easy to read and so is her materials list. You might find yourself having these beds built in no time.
12. Puppy Proof Garden Beds
Do you have a dog that likes to dig? Especially in your garden beds? Yes, me too. I can feel your pain. My dog seems to think that if it is planted in one of the beds then it is her duty to dig it all up. I mean, how else is she supposed to sunbathe and roll in the dirt if those pesky plants stay in her way?
So, if you find yourself in this boat then these garden beds might be able to help you. They are taller so they make it difficult for most dogs to dig through them. I’d say you’d be pretty safe unless you are like me and have very agile dogs that would find jumping on top of these things their daily entertainment.
13. Elevated Garden Bed
This is a larger version of our garden bed with legs. It is basically a large box with legs under it. This is a great design because it does make it difficult for pests to find their way into your plants this way.
It is also a great design because think of how much easier it is going to be to plant, weed, and harvest when you don’t have to bend over. Considering my mornings during the summer are filled with pulling lots of weeds and ends with an aching back, this is making this elevated garden bed look all the better to me.
14. The Inexpensive Raised Garden Bed
I really like this garden bed and the tutorial. Why? Because it is not only beautiful, but she also offers tips on how to make it more budget-friendly.
So, if you are looking for a way to add subtle beauty to your backyard while also growing lots of plants then this is a great project to take on.
15. Striped Garden Bed
Such a simple addition to a basic raised garden bed that gives an aesthetic look! A great way to add a bit of style to your garden!
This is an easy to follow project and will look great in your front yard!
16. The Square Foot Garden Bed
This garden bed is truly unique. Imagine with me for a moment, that you don’t want an extremely large garden. You just need a small space to grow a few vegetables that you enjoy during the warmer months.
Well, if that is you then this garden bed is right up your alley. It is a raised bed that has a frame laid over it that delegates out certain spots for certain vegetables. It is a great way to organize a small garden.
17. DIY Tiered Herb Garden
This herb garden is gorgeous. Again, it is a very decorative way to grow herbs that you will use without creating an eyesore or taking up much space.
The herb garden would be a great addition to a front porch or even a back patio. It would give a fresh look to any sitting area and also be a convenient place which adds ease to taking care of them.
18. Hoop Garden Bed
This raised garden bed has an added feature that makes it extremely cool. So you plant your seeds or plants but then a frost hits. What do you do then?
Well, if you have this awesome garden bed, the answer is to simply drop the lid. This lid will protect your plants from frost while also giving you the opportunity to plant a little earlier or grow a little later in the season.
19. Tire Garden Beds
If you are on a budget or just like the look of unique things then this garden bed might be for you. It is often easy to find old tractor tires for little or no money.
Well, all you have to do is lay the tires out and fill them with dirt. Then plant your seedlings or seeds and you have your very own garden bed.
20. Curved Raised Beds
If you are someone that likes to add a little flair to your design then you might like this raised garden bed option.
They place multiple beds together to create a ‘U’ shape. It offers a really neat design while also keeping a lot of your plants closer together which makes caring for them a little easier.
21. The Ultimate Garden Bed
This garden bed tutorial has you covered. If you are new to building garden beds or growing plants, they walk you through each necessary step.
The design of this garden bed is a basic one, but they also show you how to add a protective cover for frost or birds which is always handy to help give your crop a fighting chance.
22. Planter Box
This is a basic but gorgeous design for a planter box. They placed their box right up against their fence. It is a good height which makes caring for your plants a little easier for you.
After building the basic structure, it just has to be filled with dirt and plant the plants you desire. It is an easy and beautiful way to add a little touch of color and life to your backyard.
23. Pallet Planter
So you already know if there is something that can be built, there is probably a way to build it out of a pallet. I, of course, am a fan of stuff built out of pallets because it is a sturdy, inexpensive material that is pretty easy to access.
This planter is higher off of the ground which makes using it easier. But it also has a great rustic look that adds a little extra charm to the yard it is in.
24. Herb Planter
I love herb planters. They look gorgeous and can brighten up any area they are in. I especially love this one with the unique table legs that accompany the elevated bed.
Another benefit of having herbs in an elevated bed is the elevation. It makes working on your herbs fun and no longer backbreaking work.
25. Raised Garden Bed Benches
Would you like to add these garden beds to your yard while also adding some extra sitting space? If so, this design is for you. Imagine sitting in your yard fully surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants.
Not to mention when it came time to weed or harvest you could literally sit down while you work. That certainly makes for a more leisurely and enjoyable experience.
26. Sleeper Garden Bed
This is a creative DIY project that uses recycled railroad ties or sleepers as a frame for your new garden bed.
A clean look that is sturdy and functional. Besides, a DIY project can’t get too much easier than this!
27. Cement Block Raised Garden Beds
These had to be mentioned. I love these garden beds because these are what fill my fenced in backyard.
We actually chose to go with these garden beds because they are inexpensive and easy to put together. You basically lay them down where you want them and fill them up. And I enjoy the look of them as well.
28. Natural Wood Garden Bed
Have you recently done a project that required clearing some land? And now you have a ton of extra twigs and limbs left over? Well, don’t burn them or throw them away.
Why? Because with a little framing, you can actually use those limbs to create a natural planting box. It is very unique and costs basically nothing to make. That is obviously an added bonus to this project.
29. Dresser Herb Garden
I love upcycling. It is so interesting to see all of the different ways you can reuse an item that is no longer being used for its original purpose.
Well, this herb garden is no different. They just pulled out the dresser drawers and added dirt. Then planted herbs in them. It offers a very unique look but is really neat too.
30. Raised Garden Beds For Vegetables
This tutorial is all about creating inexpensive raised beds to help your family grow more of your own food. Growing your own food is an important part of living a more self-sustained lifestyle and saving money.
So, creating your own garden beds that add a beautiful touch is really just an investment that will hopefully save you quite a few dollars down the road.
31. DIY Timber Raised Beds
I really like this DIY tutorial. They lay everything out for you all nice and neat. The materials list is very easy to follow and so are the steps to building this creation.
Ultimately, I like the look of these DIY garden beds. They have a rustic feel while also providing a nice touch of elegance to any yard.
32. Elevated Raised Garden Bed
This is a smaller elevated raised garden bed. It would be good for planting a small garden or even using it for herbs.
What I like the most about elevated garden beds is the ease of using them. If you’ve ever grown a large garden then you know why ease is such a great thing if gardening in raised beds.
33. Mini Elevated Raised Garden Bed
I like the look of making a full garden out of mini elevated garden beds. Basically, they built a bunch of elevated garden beds.
Then they placed them together so they could have a garden just above the ground and not have to deal with much weeding. A very good idea, if you ask me.
34. Recycle Masonry Herb Garden
This is a very interesting raised bed herb garden. The reason is that he took old masonry parts and put them together to create a unique shape.
Then he filled the spare parts with dirt and planted his herbs. When it grew, it is actually a beautiful piece that is sure to create conversation when seen by visitors.
35. U-Shaped Raised Garden Bed
I like the u-shape raised garden bed. Though it isn’t elevated, it still makes caring for your plants a little easier.
The u-shape allows you to get where you need to be to care for your plants much easier than if you had to reach over larger square garden beds.
36. 2×2 Planter
This planter is a petite raised garden bed. But not everyone needs large planters.
So, if you are someone that lives in an apartment or duplex and doesn’t have a lot of room for a larger planter, then this could certainly do the trick. You could even create a few of them to grow a variety of herbs and vegetables if desired.
37. The Adjustable Planter Bed
The person that wrote this post brought up a very valid point. They said that if you buy a prefab kit for a garden bed it isn’t always adjustable to fit in your specific area.
Well, this one is. He shows you how to make it fit your exact space. The plans are very detailed and easy to read too. That should help make this project a little easier to tackle.
38. Decorative Raised Planter
This planter is a very unique design. I personally would love to have it in my backyard because of the design on the sides.
Another great feature of this planter is its size. It appears to be large enough to plant quite a variety. So, if you are looking for a unique grow space this might be it.
Seven Stars — garden
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is Caesars «class» property on The Strip. There is a special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in in the Augustus Tower. (See «Inside Information» for hours of operation.)
Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but it’s a long walk if you have lots of luggage. Seven Stars cardholders should take advantage of the complimentary valet parking on Flamingo (across from the Bellagio) because, even if you’re not near the tower you eventually may be staying in, you’re closer to the special Seven Stars/Diamond check-in.
And don’t miss the Garden of the Gods pool area (weather permitting).
The Augustus Tower (which just underwent renovations) and the new Julius Tower (see Insider Tip) are the premier locations, as far as I’m concerned – even though the Octavius Tower is technically the newest, but any of the other towers offer rooms designed with class and elegance.
Unless you’re staying in the Augustus, Forum, Julius or Palace Towers, there are no longer coffeemakers in the rooms. [Keurig single-serve coffeemakers currently can be found in the Augustus, Forum, Julius and Palace Towers, but the coffee is not cheap – $13 for four «K-cups» available from the mini bar/»Refreshment Center» or, sometimes, they are sitting – conveniently! – right next to the brewer. Save your comp dollars and bring your own from home or purchase a 12-pack for less than $20 at the Starbucks in the Forum Food Court (see below).]
The sprawling casino flows from one themed area to another and features all the typical slots and table games one would expect. Complimentary drink service in the casino is relatively frequent and dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
Caesars Palace also boasts a relatively new bar in the enlarged sportsbook, as well as a poker room. The sports bar has a special VIP seating area.
The Colosseum, Caesars main showroom, is currently home to a rotating group of performers such as Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain. Comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Chelsea Handler fill in the blanks between musical headliners.
The former Shadow Bar is now VISTA Cocktail Lounge, a whole new nightlife experience by the Hakkasan Group. Hakkasan operates Omnia Nightclub, arguably, the hottest club in the world right now. Show your Seven Stars card for priority entrance and complimentary admission for up to two people.
Cleopatra’s Barge features a variety of entertainment options from DJs and bands to «headliners» such as Wayne Newton and Paul Shaffer and his Shaf-Shifters.
Caesars has a so-so Laurel Lounge (formerly Diamond Lounge) . Unfortunately, it has about as much atmosphere as the basement rec room in a 1950s ranch house. [If Rick † or Richard † is bartending, sit at the bar (if you can snag a seat), and you’ll have a particularly great time. They are personable and know how to fix great cocktails. David, who used to work there, is now at Rao’s]. Guests used to the comparatively «lavish» buffets in Atlantic City will be extremely disappointed at the lounge fare in Las Vegas. Caesars apparently has put all its Laurel Lounges on a «Mediterranean Diet,» but it’s a nice selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc., as well as cookies and mini-desserts From 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until it runs out), the lounge serves hot food, e.g., chicken wings, mini-burritos, etc. Caesars Palace, though, sometimes has more substantial fare, such as chicken or spaghetti and meatballs. Online computers are available for guests to check email or print boarding passes.
- Seven Stars cardholders (and one guest) receive complimentary access to the Qua Baths & Spa (a $50 to $65 per person value), plus 15 percent off services. [Prices are less expensive Sunday through Thursday.] Don’t miss this special experience even if you haven’t been to a fitness center in years. Avoid the treadmills and stationary bikes if you must, but definitely experience Qua’s signature Roman Rituals (three baths of varying temperatures), plus a unique Arctic Ice Room.
Look for the special Seven Stars entrance to the Bacchanal Buffet. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders [and their guest(s)] receive a complimentary glass of house wine or champagne when dining at the Bacchanal Buffet.
- Check your flight status or print your boarding pass at one of the two computers inside the Seven Stars/Diamond registration area or at the Laurel Lounge.
- Guests may claim any offers they’ve qualified for at a distribution location near the Seven Stars/Diamond registration desk in the Augustus Tower. Previously, guests were required to walk through the casino to the convention space – about 100 yards.
Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?
How to Keep Freesia From Falling Over
Freesia flowers are close relations of crocuses, irises and gladioli. When you plant freesia bulbs in your sunny growing area, you will enjoy beautiful summer displays as these colorful flowers sprout and bloom in a variety of bright colors. Gardeners often take the time to stake freesia flowers in a flower garden. The combination of thin stems and showy blossoms often causes freesia flowers to tip over. Keep freesia from falling over by staking each flower in the garden.
Position a stake on the soil approximately 3 inches away from each stem of the freesia flower.
Use the hammer to pound the stake about 4 inches into the soil.
- Freesia flowers are close relations of crocuses, irises and gladioli.
- Position a stake on the soil approximately 3 inches away from each stem of the freesia flower.
Cut two 8-inch lengths of twine for each freesia flower.
Loop one piece of twine around the stake and the freesia approximately 2 to 3 inches below the blossom. Tie the twine to attach the freesia flower to the stake, making the twine tight enough to support the freesia yet not so tight that you injure the stem. Loop the second piece of twine around the stake and the freesia in the same fashion, except position this piece of twine at the halfway point of the freesia stem. Tie this piece of twine the same way you tied the first piece.
Stake each freesia in the same fashion until every flower has sturdy support to prevent them from falling over.
Meet Piedmont Hops in their Fourth Season
Piedmont Hops is run by business partners David Goode and Steve Brown. Our 2013 story tracked Piedmont Hops in its second season and we followed its third harvest with another story in 2014. Click on those stories to learn more about David and Steve’s background and their experiences building a role a new industry.
All of the photos for this story were provided by Steve’s wife, Kathryn Brown.
When David Goode and Steve Brown began growing hops, it was just a hobby, but by 2012 they found themselves growing commercially to meet the needs of the rapidly-growing Virginia craft beer industry. Today, the business consists of 800 plants grown at Piedmont Hops’ two sites in Chesterfield County, Virginia and North Carolina. David and Steve are active in the industry on several fronts and both serve as generous sources of knowledge and experience to fellow growers.
We are fortunate to be able to track this operation into its fourth year. We recently met with David Goode to discuss this year’s progress at Piedmont Hops.
How is the 2015 season going?
So far so good. We have a crop that is all over the place. Our 2014 expansion is not quite acclimated just yet due to our young plants. Our oldest yard is looking great. Next season we expect a more uniform harvest between both VA yards.
Tell us about the varieties you are growing. Did you add any new ones this year?
Currently we are growing Cascade, Chinook and Nugget in NC and VA. Last season we added CTZ in Virginia. Midnight Brewery asked us to grow some Mt. Hood. They look good, so we shall see. We grow more Cascade than any variety. We have a few others we are trying out, but not ready to let the cat out the bag quite yet.
It seems like many of our Virginia growers produce at least several varieties to diversify their offerings, but everyone has a favorite. What’s yours?
Chinook by far. The leaves are huge and very dark green. Even the leaf stems smell of hops when we strip them. You get a nice lupulin tease early in the season before the bines even have cones. The cones are the most fragrant of what we grow. Our Chinook have a nice grapefruit aroma. We have one customer in particular that requests as much Chinook as possible. The guys from Stone Brewing loved the aroma from our Chinook.
Are you trying anything new in 2015?
We completely tore down our 2013 fall trellis and expanded. A grid trellis that uses more spacing and less poles was constructed. The plan is to cut these bines down and take them to Huguenot Hops for processing. Our original yard still lowers for hand picking. We have not changed any marketing techniques. We still make phone calls and send emails to our customers as usual. This spring, we added one variety that we hope will do well and a handful of crowns to trial. Five very healthy wild hops plants we germinated from seed are doing great. We are hoping at least one is a female for cone production. We have two brewers already anxious to brew with them as a test in 2016.
After three years in this business, what is the biggest challenge that you have encountered along the way?
We started in 2012, so this will be our fourth season. Our biggest challenge has been fighting hops downy mildew. However, we have some solid extension agents who have coached us along the way. At one point we wanted to completely dig up a section of yard. Today, that section shows no signs of DM and is fully loaded with cones. We are happy we have such wonderful agents within driving distance of our yard in Virginia.
Each hop cone, or female flower, prepares for a career in beer by progressing from a burr (top image) to a cone (bottom image).
Interest in the industry has grown steadily in the past few years and as a result we have seen many people join the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. You have been an active member of this grower group for several years now. What is your outlook on ODHC and the changes you have seen as interest in hops has grown?
I love the folks within the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. It has changed drastically since my first meeting in an old barn. We now have large meetings with video and conference call-ins, a new logo, and a solid team of folks leading various departments. We are a rapidly growing growers organization. The ODHC represents many states along the east coast. I would encourage anyone growing hops in the Southeast to consider joining the ODHC. Devon Kistler, our chairman, has done a wonderful job expanding the functionality of the cooperative.
You have a strong online presence, particularly on social media. Tell us more about how you use this kind of outreach.
We use social media all the time. We love sharing our passion with folks. Whether they are craft beer drinkers, home brewers, family, friends, breweries and brewery owners, we love to show everyone what we are up to. Social media is a great way for folks to actually meet the farmer and see the farm without having to visit. I always tell folks, check out our social accounts for more info on who we are. Your social presence ultimately represents who you are. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo.
Do you have any advice for others who are interested in growing hops?
My advice is to start small and expand small. Visit and volunteer at other hops farms if possible. Learn as much by doing online research. NC State has a lot of good research. Start with quality rhizomes or Virus Free plant material. There are many great vendors out there and many not so great. Know your plant growers. We made some mistakes and bought poor quality material. It came back to bite us. Start with some Cascade if not all Cascade. Not only does it sell, but it grows well and will give you an idea of how this crop grows. You will set yourself up for success in year one. Then expand with others. There is so much advice I could be giving right now. This is one of the most difficult crops to grow. Lastly, please do not buy into the hype of hops being a cash crop. It is not.
Do you have any successes you would like to share from this season?
Piedmont Hops has grown quite a bit over the years. In 2012 we started with about 70 or 80 plants. We now have over 800. The bulk of the crop is grown in Virginia, but we will be expanding a bit in North Carolina this fall. Between the two farms, we should have over 1,000 crowns. Steve represents the North Carolina growers within the ODHC. I have taken a volunteer spot within the Hops Growers of America. There is a small growers section developed and we will be collecting national data. I have been chosen to represent our region, mainly North Carolina and Virginia.
Your hops are showing up in local beers—would you like to share where some of them might be headed this year?
Our hops will show up locally in the RVA IPA by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. This will be our third year working with them. Many of our hops are picked and delivered to North Carolina for fresh hopped ales. Our Nugget is heading way down south to Florida. From the several farm tours we have done and hops we have delivered, our customers and future customers love our product. With repeat customers in Virginia and North Carolina over the last three seasons, that is a great testament to the quality of our cones.
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