Once it’s been delivered, how do I store my raised beds parts before I start assembling them?
Recycled plastic lumber should always be stored laid flat on delivery, until you start work on it. It’s best to just leave everything on the pallet.
Can the recycled plastic lumber be worked like wood?
In many scenarios, recycled plastic lumber can be worked like hardwood, however it is worth noting that it should never be cut lengthwise. This is to do with differing tensions between the “skin” of the recycled plastic and the inside. Nor should deep notches over 50% of the width of the plank be cut into it. Cutting a notch into a lumber plank weakens it as would be the case with timber. Therefore if notched planks are integral to your design, we suggest this is only as part of a finished product which remains static, ie. not something which is regularly moved or dismantled.
I have replaced a number of wooden raised beds in the past, often after only a few years. How long will these last?
Raised beds made from recycled plastic will last for many decades, maybe even 100 years, but ours come with a 25 year guarantee.
I have one of your raised beds and the seedlings seem to sprout earlier than they did in my old wooden beds. Why is this?
The recycled plastic acts as a thermal store, retaining heat and allowing for earlier germination.
Will the beds leach any preservatives into the soil?
Not at all. They are chemically inert, neither absorbing nor releasing anything.
Do I need to buy a kit or can I make my own by just buying the lumber and fixing it together myself?
You can do either. If you have specific dimensions you wish to fill, you may prefer to buy full lengths and cut them to your exact requirements, saving a little money in the process. If you want something easy to assemble, pre-cut and with fixings supplied, a flat-packed kit is probably best for you.
Why do your kits and flat packs come in three different heights?
300mm is good general height for those people who are able to kneel while tending the bed; 600mm is the perfect height for wheelchair users and 750mm is a good height for those who would prefer to stand without bending too much.
Why do your kits come in two different widths?
500mm wide kits are perfect for those people who have only access to their raised beds from one side, for example if they are on the edge of a garden or against a wall, whereas 1 metre wide beds are ideal when access is possible from all around the raised bed.
Can I buy these from garden centres?
No, they are only available direct from us. Please email your enquiries to [email protected] or call us on our freephone number of 01422 419 555 and let us know what you’re interested in and where you are.
Where does the plastic come from?
All of the plastic is sourced in the UK, much of it from Scotland’s agricultural sector, but also from other manufacturing and commercial sources .
How are they shipped out?
Due to the very heavy weight of these and all of our other products, they are sent out strapped to pallets through the national road haulage network. Due to the kit form, even 3.5 metre long raised beds are stacked on individual pallets making them suitable for relatively small delivery vehicles that can in turn access narrow lanes.
Is the delivery included?
Delivery to most of mainland Britain is included, however there is a small additional charge for the Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland, depending upon your postcode. Please contact us for specific prices in you are in one of these areas.
How long does delivery take?
All of our products are made to order so under normal circumstances please allow up to three weeks for delivery. On rare occasions at extremely busy times delivery may take a little longer, but we will let you know when you order if this looks likely.