Birdies Raised Bed FAQs

Q. What does the "6-in-1" design mean?

Both the Original and Tall 6-in-1 beds are constructed with 4 corner panels and 6 side panels. Because of this paneled design, you can achieve 6 different dimensions when constructing your bed simply by arranging the side panels differently.

This flexibility allows you to customize your raised bed to your exact growing space.

Q. What are the beds made out of and will they rust?

The 6-in-1 and Round Tall beds are made from cold-rolled galvanized steel with a metal coating composed of aluminum and zinc. It's the same material used for roofs, gutters, and down pipes.

In a direct comparison with standard galvanized coatings, aluzinc performs 2-6x better at rust and corrosion resistance.

With a wooden raised bed, your wood will eventually rot. Likewise, these beds will rust eventually, but it will be many, many years before this happens. We have beds still in use from 2007 that show minimal signs of corrosion, if any.

If you keep the soil free-draining, pH neutral and do not use fresh chicken manure, your Birdies beds will last you many years.

  • Steel: Aluzinc steel AZ150, this is widely used in Australia for gutter, down pipes, fascia and water tanks.
  • Galvanization: Zinc Aluminium mix.
  • Powder Coating Paint: The paint has been tested in accordance with AS/NZ4020. The product is categorized as nonhazardous according to the SDS.  

Q. Are they safe to grow food in?

Birdies beds are made from aluzinc galvanized steel and then further powder-coated with a non-toxic paint. Neither the paint nor the metal itself will leach anything harmful into your soil.

Q. Will the beds get too hot in the summer or hot climates?

These beds were developed in Australia and many growers over there routinely have crazy heat with no issues. The metal is strong, but thin and the bulk of the soil (especially when coupled with mulch on top) cools the metal quite well, so you don't get an abundance of heat transfer into the soil.

Q. Are the beds bottomless?

Yes, the beds are bottomless.

Q. Can I place the beds on hard surfaces such as concrete?

If you're placing your bed on pavers, concrete, tiles, or anything you don't want to stain, we recommend using a bed liner.

To use, place your raised bed in position, then place the fabric on the bottom of the bed from the inside. Run excess fabric up each side and then fill your bed with soil. The fabric allows water to drain freely, but keeps soil from touching your surface.

Optional: To further protect the surface, place thick builder's plastic down before placing your bed into position. Once the bed is filled, the excess plastic can be trimmed around the edge of the garden bed with an Exacto knife.

Q. What is the thickness of the metal beds?

22 gauge.

Q. Can the clip on safety strip handle freezing temps?

Yes, it is designed to withstand freezing winter temperatures.

Shipping FAQs

Q. How much is shipping to [my location]?

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Q. Do you ship to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska...?

For a custom shipping quote to these locations, please contact us for a customized shipping quote.