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The affordable landscaping solution
A Home Grown Revolution vegetable garden made with our amazing sleeper beds will make a stunning addition to any home and can provide you with mouth watering produce all year round.
We will come to your home and install them for you, complete with surrounding gravel or bark pathways if you wish, and we'll even fill them up with screened topsoil and compost so that you're ready to get going straight away.
The sleepers that we use to build our sleeper beds are made of untreated Azobe (Lophira Alata). Known also as Ekki, this is a dense West African hardwood. Reclaimed from European railway systems, it is impossible to get sustainable supplies of new Azobe. They are expensive. We could spend less on the traditional creosoted type but we believe the Azobe is worth it.
Because they are untreated, no chemicals will start leaching into your soil from the effects of tannilisation or creosoting, and they don't leak tar on a hot day. That means you can sit on the edge of your bed with a cup of tea, admiring your crops and not get up with a sticky mess all over your backside. We think this is a good thing.
Moreover, they appear to be impervious to rot; having been under the railways for over 60 years they show no signs of deterioration. We are absolutely confident that this Home Grown Revolution raised vegetable bed won't be rotting away after a few years, and will probably outlast pretty much all of us.
The sleepers are held in place by sleek metal brackets made of either stainless steel or copper, as are the frame cover plates. We use these metals for one practical reason: unlike ordinary mild steel, galvanised steel or plastic coated steel, they don't rust. And aesthetically, both are excellent.
The stainless steel is standard on our beds and has a clean, modern feel about it.
The copper is an additional extra, and initially has a warm orange glow which will, over time, turn into the turquoise green you see on cathedral roofs.
When we install the bed for you, we ensure that the sleepers are made ready to take our frames, and by extension, our covers. This preparation is included in the price. If you do not wish to have the sleepers pre-fitted for the frames, then please let us know at the time of placing your order.
Each Home Grown Revolution installed sleeper bed is filled with a screened top soil/compost mix. This is more than adequate to get you off to a good start, but you should bear in mind that the best soils are those built up over a few growing seasons, and you may want to further enrich your soil depending on the crops you decide to grow.
If you already have your own supply of soil that's fine, we'll adjust our price accordingly. We can also offer you the choice of organic soil, sourced from a national supplier.
The pathway around the bed creates and keeps a tidy looking garden. Edged in oak, and filled with either bark or gravel, it is lined with horticultural weed suppressing membrane, which lets water through, but helps to keep the weeds out.
Dimensions of the sleeper beds
The standard size of the azobe sleeper beds mean that you are able to easily access the middle from both sides without ever having to tread on the soil, whilst still being able to grow a really good quantity and variety of crops.
4m x 3m (including pathway of 75cm around the bed).
Planting area: 2.2m x 1.2m
Height: 25cm for standard bed, 50cm for double height.
We can make these beds to pretty much any size (within reason). Send us an email or call us to discuss your ideas and requirements.
All prices for installed sleeper beds are POA. Please do call us or click on the 'enquire online' button to send us an email. .