Not only are raised garden beds a great way to create a neat and attractive plot, they also extend the planting season, improve drainage, and enable you to plant flowers, fruit and vegetables in any area of your garden. Best of all, they are quick and easy to make.
What you will need:
- Power drill
- Wooden planks, cut to size or our Treated Eco Sleepers (currently on offer)
- Wood preservative
- Sharpened wooden pegs
- Galvanised corner braces and screws
First, treat the wood to ensure it’s longevity and cut it to size. Ideally, keep the width to about 1.2m so that the middle of the bed is easy to reach, although the length can be varied depending on the space you have available.
Next, lay out the boards and mark the corners with canes before joining the canes with string to mark out the bed. Cut lines in the grass with a spade, about 10cm from each side of the string, then slide the spade under the turf to cut pieces about 5cm thick. Turn them over and lay them evenly across the bed.
Lay the planks side-on along the bare earth outline of the plot and join each corner with one or two galvanised metal brackets and screws.
Empty the sacks of compost into the frame and tread it down so that the middle of the bed is slightly higher than the planks, to allow for settling. Hammer in enough small sharpened pegs around the outside to help hold the boards in place.
Finally, plant it!