Raised Garden Bed Accessories
|Why Raised Beds||From beautifying and organizing your space, to reducing physical impact while gardening, to growing more food in less space, there is a long list of great reasons for choosing raised beds for your garden.|
|Eastern White Cedar||All BUFCO raised garden beds are hand crafted using Eastern White Cedar, a locally sourced, responsibly harvested and sustainable wood that offers excellent rot resistance.|
|Garden on any surface||Beds can be installed as open-bottomed boxes exposed to the soil below, or with a bed base for use on hard surfaces such as a patio or driveway.|
|Installed by our Expert Team||Installation services are managed by our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly crew, and includes everything from soil to full clean up.|
Raised Garden Bed Accessories
“What do you do about critters?” is likely the single most frequently asked question we receive. We have come up with a simple, effective solution that will help save your harvest for yourself instead of your friendly neighbourhood squirrels. Our Critter Barriers were designed out of necessity, when we got fed up with unwittingly giving away more food than we got ourselves.
A Critter Barrier consists of a series of custom-made bamboo hoops overtop of which is draped a large piece of bird netting. The netting is held in place by hooking it on to a series of screws that are placed around the top of your raised bed, or, for in-ground gardens, with the use of garden staples. Although nothing is fool proof, we have found these Critter Barriers to be highly effective!
Beans, peas, cucumbers, melons, and some other climbing plants need something to grab on to as they reach for the sky. Enter the BUFCO Trellis, a simple system of poplar saplings that are used to create a frame from which trellis netting is hung. Trellises can be custom sized based on your garden planting plan, and can be removed at the end of the season for storage and re-use the following year.
Frequently Asked Questions
If bamboo hoops are removed from the soil at the end of the growing season, you should get at least two seasons from your bamboo. If they are left to overwinter, then the portion that is embedded in the soil may fail.
We suggest pushing the hoops into the soil only enough to make them stable. That way, when the tips finally do break off, you’ll still have enough left over to keep using the hoops, giving you a third, and perhaps even a fourth season.
Yes. Yes you can!
Bird netting can last for years. That said, some people like to cut holes in it to allow taller plants to grow through while still maintaining a good level of protection from critters. If that’s your style, you may go through more netting than if you were leave it in tact. When you do need to replace the netting, it is available at many big box stores, local hardware stores, and garden centres.
Plastic sheets that are included in our Hoop Tunnel kits will also last for years. If small holes or tears appear, simply tape them up with clear tape. We suggest taping from both sides of the plastic for a stronger fix.
When you do need to replace the plastic, rolls are available from big box stores, usually in the paint section where you would find tarps and canvas drop sheets, or in local paint and hardware stores. Choose the medium grade thickness. The heavy grade (often referred to as Super-Six) blocks some sunlight, and the light weight stuff is too fragile.
Hoop tunnels are like miniature greenhouses without the temperature control. That means that, when the sun comes up, it gets warmer inside, and on a mild or warm day, it can get hot to oven-like inside the hoop tunnel.
It is best to open the hoop tunnels on days when the temperature is going to get higher than 3 or 4 degrees Celsius so your plants don’t bake. If possible, close the hoop tunnel before the sun goes down to help retain the soil heat overnight as temperatures fall.
The short answer is no. Pollination takes place when pollen is moved from the male part of a flower (the anther) to the female part (stigma) of the same or a different flower. This is accomplished in a number of ways, the most common being either wind, or insects.
The bird netting will not effect wind at all. As far as insects go, the mesh size is easily large enough to allow insects to come and go as they like, but are not so large as to allow birds access to your garden.
It partially depends on how the trellis was installed. If the trellis legs are embedded in the soil, then leaving them over the winter will definitely speed up the decomposition of the wood, and we would therefore recommend the trellis be removed and stored.
If the trellis is installed in a non-soil environment – for instance, screwed to the outside of a wood raised garden bed with no soil touching the trellis legs, then the trellis will last much longer and can be left in place.
That said, if you are following crop rotation practices, then it is likely that your climbing plants will move to different soil on a three to four year schedule, and your trellis may have to be moved according to that rotation schedule.