Raised bed garden with attached cold frame, drip irrigation and flagstone pathways.

This suburban garden is 100% custom designed and hand made.

Raised Bed Garden and Attached Cold Frame with Drip Irrigation and flagstone pathways.

Final garden: Drip and micro-spray irrigation is added on a timer system for maximum efficiency and ease of use.

For ease of access and maintenance raised garden beds are an excellent choice. These boxes are designed to be ‘double reach’, or one arm’s length reach to the middle of the bed. The pathways have permanent weed barrier underneath the flagstone, which is the the width of a wheelbarrow for easy access. The beds themselves have a double layer of cardboard at the bottom which will eventually biodegrade allowing deep rooted plants to access the soil and worms can migrate up into the beds. The coldframe has both automatic and manual vents. It is easy to open and also easy to move and attach to any other box for seasonal rotation. The irrigation system is a combination of drip tape and micro sprayers that are connected to a pump on a timer.

A garden overrun with weeds.


The original garden had been over-run with pasture grass and was not fun to work in.

Some of the original garden design concepts:

Creating the new garden:

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  1. tania · August 2, 2014 Reply

    hello, i am interested in the raised bed with cold frame attachment for one of my clients. can you give me a sense of cost and time frame? thank you.

  2. Zach Springer · July 14, 2015 Reply

    I am also very interested in learning more about your bed construction. Thanks for the information!

    • Aaron Jerad · July 15, 2015 Reply

      Hi Zach,
      I’d be happy to give you more info, do you have specific questions?

  3. NUVIT · February 14, 2016 Reply

    Aaron – Very impressive design and setup, I’m very interested in duplicating it for my back garden. Could you email me the materials list, plans and build instructions? Would like to give it a go for my 2016 gardening season.

  4. Shawn Roper · June 2, 2020 Reply


    Was wondering if you could provide me more precise details on your automatic venting

    • Aaron Jerad · June 2, 2020 Reply

      Hello, the frame has two small windows on each end that are operated with an automatic greenhouse window opener like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Palram-Metal-Greenhouse-Vent-Opener/3826935.

      This is enough venting to moderate the heat in the mornings or on cooler sunny days in the spring and fall, but the whole frame still needs to be manually lifted and propped open on hot days or at midday to avoid overheating.

  5. Alison · January 23, 2021 Reply

    I love the cold frame design. I already have raised beds, so do you have plans/instructions for building the cold frames?

    • Aaron Jerad · January 23, 2021 Reply

      Hello Alison,
      I don’t have specific plans as this cold frame was custom made to fit on these raised beds. It is a wood frame with corrugated polycarbonate glazing. At each end of the cold frame are two rectangular windows with auto heat activated greenhouse window openers. The cold frame has a hinge at the back which attaches to the raised bed, allowing it to be fully vented.

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Raised bed garden with attached cold frame, drip irrigation and flagstone pathways.