How to make raised beds for veggies.
Can you feel the heavy doses of spring in the air? The birds have been waking us up each morning and new life just seems to be everywhere, making me desperate to get out in the garden and plant stuff, despite not being very good at gardening!!
Last year we tried a bit of a garden redesign, including making some raised beds for a veg patch. I thought I would show you how we did it, and also try and start a bit of a mini series about what to plant each month. Mainly to help me remember as I am forever missing the planting ‘deadline’ for our veggies! Growing your own veg can be frustrating sometimes, but also very rewarding, fun for the kids and saves you money.
My very talented hubby is a carpenter and made these gorgeous raised beds from scratch, so I thought I would share how he did it. It isn’t anything really complicated though, so anyone with basic equipment and a few DIY skills should be ok!
He already had the necessary tools, but there was nothing he used that was out of the ordinary, tape measure, a cordless drill, screwdriver, saw, shovel, sledge hammer and his ever important spirit level!
To make raised beds, he also used;
2×2 stakes, 6×2 untreated timber lengths, 3/4in screws, extra 2X2 stakes to screw to corners to hold shape.
Step 1: Remove turf from the area you want the beds.
Step 2: Make the frames for your beds out of the 6×2 timbers, we chose rectangles, then screw some of the 2×2 stakes diagonally across to hold the shape and to help move them.
Step 3: Position the frames into the area that you want them, once in place, use 4 2×2 stakes to hold them in postion by cutting a point on one end, then driving down in corners with the sledge hammer and screwing the frames to them once you have got the frame level. Then cut the stakes off level with the tops of the frames. See fig 1
Step 4: Once in, dig down a spade depth, turn over soil, remove big stones and lumps, add layer of top soil mixed with mushroom compost.
So that is how to make raised beds, now you just need to plan what to plant in them! It might take you a while to work out what works well in your soil and what doesn’t but hopefully you’ll have fun trying!
Some things you can plant outside in March: (Remember to check your variety in case they need to be covered!)
- Broad beans
- Spring onion
Start inside, in a green house or under cloches if your soil is warm enough:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Salad leaves
If you fancy something a little simpler, how about homemade fairy gardens!