If you are limited on the amount of space you have for planting, have a bad back or want to create a little area especially for fruits and vegetables, raised beds can be a great way to bring life and colour to your garden.

 

Follow this step-by-step guide to creating your own raised bed:

 

What you’ll need:

  • 8 wooden planks  (length depends on the size of the bed you want)
  • Screws
  • Leveller
  • Drill/ Screwdriver
  • Compost

 

Step one: How big do you want it

Once you have found the location for it, you will then need to determine how big it is going to be; using a measuring tape mark with chalk where it is going to go.

 

Step two: Level the ground

To prevent water building up in one corner or for it to look off balance, make sure the ground where you are putting it is level. Use a levelling tool and rake the ground until it is flat, removing all grass from that area.

 

Step three: Create the sides

Using four planks create a square on the ground where you want the raised bed to go. Secure them together using the screws, making sure they are in tightly with the drill/ screwdriver.

 

Step four: Build the sides

Place a second plank on top of the base securing at the corners with the screws. Tap it slightly on the ground with a hammer to ensure it is in place. 

 

Step five: Fill with compost

The next step is the easiest – simply fill with compost and you’re ready for planting.

 

 

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