Building raise garden.

Instructions on building a raise garden for your landscape.

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Raised garden beds are functional and easy to build and maintain. Where you build your raised garden bed on your wood deck are in your yard. If your yard has poor soil, raised beds are an idea to add ornamental or vegetable gardens to your outside home.

 

 

 

    Building a Raise Garden Bed

 

 

Building a raised garden bed

Raised garden beds are attractive, functional and easy to build and maintain. Especially if your yard has poor soil, raised garden beds are idea way to add ornamental or vegetable gardens to your outdoor home. If you build a raised garden bed properly, fill it with high quality topsoil and water it frequently growing healthy plants is practically foolproof. Because these raise garden beds are elevated they’re perfect for children as well as disabled or older family members.

In addition to their function appeal, raised garden beds can serve as strong designs features. They provide excellent opportunities to repeat materials used in  other landscape elements. You can build raised garden beds from a variety of materials including brick, cut stone, interlocking block and landscape timbers.

As you plan your raised garden bed, think about the types of plants you want to grow and the amount of sunlight they need. Vegetables and most flowers need 6 to 8 hours of full sun during the day. If your yard doesn’t have that much sun, plant it with woodland and other shade loving plants.

My version of a raised garden bed is 5 feet+ 3 feet, 12 inches deep. To build this raised garden bed, you simply stack 4+4 cedar timbers flush on top of one another in three layers and secure them with galvanized nails. Then drill holes into the frame to provide drainage, which helps keep the plants healthy. Once the frame is complete, line the raised garden bed and frame with landscape fabric to prevent weed growth and keep dirt from clogging the drain holes. If you’re planting shrubs or vegetables in your raised garden bed, put landscape fabric on the sides only, since these plants typically have deeper root growth than flowers.

 

 

 

 

  How to build a raised garden bed.

 

1.      Outline a 5 ft.+3 ft. area with stakes and string to mark the location of the raised garden bed. Use a      shovel to remove all the grass or weeds inside the area.

 

2.      Dig a flat 2 inch deep 6 inch trench around the perimeter of the area just inside the  stakes.

 

3.      Measure and mark one 54 inch piece and one 30 inch piece on each 4+4. Hold each timber steady on     sawhorse while you cut it. Using a reciprocating saw.

 

4.      Coat each timber with a wood sealer. Let the sealer dry completely.

 

5.      Lay the first row of timbers in the trench. Position a level diagonally across a corner then add or remove soil to level it. Repeat with remaining corners.

 

 

 

 

       Completing the raised garden bed.

 

1.      Set the second layer of timbers in place, staggering the joints with the joint pattern in the first layer.

 

2.      Drill 3/16 pilot holes near the ends of the timbers, then drive in the galvanized barn nails.

 

3.      Lay the third row of timbers, repeating the pattern of the first row to stagger the joints.

 

4.      Drill pilot holes through the third layer, avoid hitting the underlying nails. Drive the nails through the plot holes. Drill ½ drainage holes spaced every 2 ft. horizontally through the bottom layer of timbers. Line the raised garden bed with strips of landscape fabric, overlapping the strips by 6 inches.

 

5.      Drive galvanized roofing nails through the fabric attaching it to the timbers.

 

                   Fill you raised garden bed with soil and plants.

 

1.      Fill the bed with topsoil to within 4 inches of the top. Tamp the soil lightly with a shovel.

 

2.      Add plants, loosening their root balls before planting. Apply a 3 inch of mulch and water the plants. Enjoy your raised garden bed.

 

 

 

 

              Tip: Planting and maintain a raised garden bed.

 

Raised garden bed freeze faster and deeper than in ground planting beds. Because the outside edges of the bed are more sensitive to temperature fluctuations, use this space for annuals and hardy perennials. Plant sensitive perennials and bulbs closer to the center, where the soil temperatures is more stable.

If you live in an area with below freezing winter temperatures limit your plant choices to winter hardy perennials, annual flowers and vegetables.

Raised garden beds also dry out faster than garden beds and require frequent watering. Water  the raised garden bed whenever the top 2 to 4 inches of soil is dry depending on the depth of your soil bed, and before you see the soil shrink away from the sides of your raised garden bed.

 

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