Raised bed gardens are an easy way to turn uneven areas of your landscape into a fertile, productive gardening area. Raised bed gardens can be constructed from a variety of materials readily available from home and garden stores. While the specific dimensions and style of a raised bed garden will vary based on the slope and shape of your landscape, the basic construction techniques are the same. Building a raised bed garden on uneven land is a simple process.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden blocks
- Wooden stakes
Calculate the size of your raised garden bed box and cut the lumber accordingly. While the length of the garden bed can be customized to fit your needs, raised garden beds should not be more than 5 feet wide so the middle of the bed is easily accessible; the lumber should be at least 6 inches tall to retain the soil.
Build a simple frame for your raised garden bed by attaching the pieces of lumber together at the joints with decking screws. Construct the frame in the area where you want to build the raised bed.
Place a level on one of the ends of the frame and lift the lower end of the frame up — the side on the downward slope — until the frame is level and stack wooden blocks under the frame to hold it in place.
Drive a wooden stake into the ground inside each corner of the frame and attach the frame to the stakes with screws to hold the frame in place.
Fill in the gaps between the frame and the uneven land with lumber, bricks or stones to hold the soil in place.
Fill the bottom two-thirds of the raised bed with organic compost and top off the raised bed with topsoil to complete the raised bed garden.
- Texas A&M; Building a Raised Bed Garden; Priscilla Files, et al.; March 2009
- Colorado State University; Block Style Layout in Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens; David Whiting, et al.; July 2011
- Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet; Raised Bed Gardening; Pete Lane
- Alabama Cooperative Extension Service; Raised Bed Gardening; Shane Harris, et al.; April 2010
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