Garden Bed Designs To Make Your Yard The Envy Of The Neighborhood
Garden beds also known as garden boxes are a great way to add some flavor to a piece of land in addition to growing flowers and even vegetables. They prevent soil from compacting, provide a barrier to keep out pests and keep away pathway weeds from your soil. They are also good in preventing erosion of your garden soil during heavy rains. Raised garden beds are also good for reduced back strain when tending the garden due to the raised level of the soil. This is a convenient advantage for gardeners with back problems or older gardeners. There are various designs to choose from made from various materials such as:
Get straight logs to create the edges of the garden bed of roughly 1-foot diameter or you can stack smaller logs as shown in the image above. They give the garden a more natural look if you don’t want your garden looking artificial or so. Fill up the bed with a rich soil-compost mixture to ensure your plants get the nutrients they need.
Get long, thin sandbags, sold as traction sand, to outline your garden bed by stacking them in twos all around the bed depending on how big you want your garden to be. You can stack the sandbags higher if you want the bed to be more raised. Fill the outline with soil and compost or whatever else you add to the soil and get gardening!
Rebar and Planks
You can construct this design using lumber that has been left over that is of whichever dimensions given that it should be untreated wood. Keep the planks up using short rebar lengths pounded into the ground after every 2 or 3 feet. Fill up the bed with soil, making sure it is compact and you are good to go.
Hammer rebar lengths of 2 feet in the ground marking the perimeter that you want the garden to be, making sure to space them out by 16 inches and leave the rebar exposed by 10 inches. Get straight, long, thin shrub or tree branches that are ½ an inch in diameter and weave them via the rebar in a basket-like manner. Trim the bed corners as required. Take 2 sticks and bend them into two, to hold the wattle in place do so over the woven sticks. Do this to pin the bed lining after every few feet. To keep soil from seeping through the bed lining, line the inside of the bed using burlap. There you have it; your raised garden bed is complete and ready for use.
Use concrete blocks to outline your bed for a cleaner look. You can use blocks that have open ends and install them to face up where you can fill up the blocks with soil and plant some small flowers or herbs.