While using untreated lumber to construct raised beds is still the gold standard of edible gardening health and environmentalism, we've noticed stained and painted raised beds in gardens lately—and we like what we're seeing. The Swedes have been painting their garden beds a rich, glossy black and stateside we've spotted subtle grays, greens, and blues.
Later this week, Meredith will report on eco-friendly stains that are safe to use on edible beds, but for now we've compiled a little bit of raised bed eye candy to inspire your springtime garden planning.
Above: Towering dill in Victoria Skoglund's black raised beds in August. Photograph courtesy of Victoria Skoglund.
Above: A black pathway provides easy access to black raised beds and contrasts smartly with white gravel in this Malmö garden. Photograph by Maria Manning.
Above: Stained a dark green, these aging garden beds still look neat and tidy. Photograph by Alena of the Fat Pumpkin.
Above: Lifescape Custom Landscaping installed a large raised bed in a recent California project and stained it a soft charcoal gray. Photograph by Jeff Veliquette.
Above: A light gray-green stain on raised beds at the community garden next to Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. Wary about using stain in an edible garden? George Weigel weighs in on using painted lumber for raised beds in an article for Penn Live. Photograph by George Weigel.