Building My Raised Bed

Down the right hand side of my garden there used to be a path which appears to have been broken up and then left to grass over. I tried to clear one area the size of one fence panel last year in order to plant sweet peas. After a couple of hours of back breaking work and eight bags of rubble, I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere.  There are other parts of the path have been left in place.  Realizing the size of the task involved in removing this I have decided to build a raised bed to cover part of this area.
What wood should I use?  Do I paint it, treat it or leave it natural.  I wanted something that would last a few years but with minimal risk of tainting the soil.
After a mornings research I went for a timber from B&Q which is pressure treated with Tanalith E which can be used for children’s play areas and The Soil Association ( states that if the timber used for organic vegetable beds if the wood is pre-treated with preservative then there are no issues in terms of organic status.
Two sides down two to go
The size of the bed was determined partly by the size of the timber.  I had intended to create a 2 m x 1m bed but on buying the timber which was 2.4m lengths I changed this to 2.4m x 0.8m  as this gave me three 0.8m pieces from one length and was in fact easier to reach to the back.  As the bed was going against the fence access would be only from one side.

I filled the bottom of the bed with a layer of rocks to aid drainage followed by a mixture of garden compost and the contents of last years grow bags  I then topped it off with a bag of store bought compost

Completed Raised Bed covered to warm up ready for sowing

As the construction of this bed was such a success I am now thinking of building similar beds on the edge of the patio and for once had the foresight to use the sections of this raised bed to see how it would look.

A view of things to come?


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We moved into this house in 2013. At that time the garden was a blank canvas, This blog is a scrapbook of my gardening journey. Something I can look back on and remember the highs and lows, something that perhaps other people will enjoy reading and hopefully commenting on along the way.

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