Here’s a practical way of making a natural-looking raised garden bed. The owner needed a place to grow vegetables but didn’t want to spend money on expensive raised garden bed kits.
He saw the opportunity while clearing the garden. Instead of dumping or burning fallen branches and logs, he decided to turn them into a raised garden bed.
This unique raised garden bed has all the benefits of a more traditional one and it is made from natural materials. The great part about this one is that even when not planted out, it still provides a nice feature in the garden.
We’re gathering fallen branches and logs! How about you?
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- Small branches
- 2″x4″ Timber
- Power Drill/Driver
The first steps involve a certain amount of design and this will depend on your site, required garden size, and other variables that you consider important for your garden. The major variable that I can guide you on will be the height of the garden. I have made this garden about waist height, so about 1m high. This is primarily so one can bend over and reach plants toward the rear of the garden. You can make yours any height, however, the post hole depth that you will need to dig should be at least the height of the garden. Essentially we are trying to create a retaining wall so be very careful with your design – you don’t want to harm anyone from a collapsing raised garden!
Also before you start, ensure you have enough branches. I ended up using more than I could have imagined so give your trees a good trimming! Also if you are building next to a fence (as I have done) ensure that you place a polythene sheet between the fence and the soil to avoid rotting of the fence.
Bigger branches, measuring 100-150mm in diameter serves as posts.
Based on the design that you choose for yourself, dig deep holes at least the height of your garden. You will also need to choose decently thick branches for the posts. I used the biggest I had, which was about 100-150mm diameter. These posts should be reasonably straight with minimal notches and the length should be at least twice the height of the garden (plus some) – 1/2 will be underground, 1/2 above ground, and a little leftover to trim flush with the timber beams.
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