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How to build a raised vegetable garden: how to make a raised vegetable garden with boxes (where to buy them), bricks or with recycled material (pallets, boxes, containers…).
Raised garden do it yourself
For build a raised garden do it yourself you don't need to be expert craftsmen or have a particularly bulky wallet.
Forbuild a raised vegetable gardenyou could readjust an old pallet, wooden slats or packaging that is no longer in use. It is then possible to make araised garden with bricks, both with dry laying and with glue (concrete, cement ...).
The characteristic ofraised garden it is the structure of the flower bed that is not at ground level but more (in fact) raised. This gives us the ability to manage avegetable gardenmore orderly but above all ofgrow vegetableseven on poorly fertile, stony soils or on the terrace.
The small wooden scaffolding can be filled with soil, compost and peat.
To raise the flower bed, you can use slats, pallets, wooden boards, bricks, stones, sheet metal bands, caissons ... which will act as containment for the cultivation land.
For theconstruction of the raised garden, proceed with the choice of containment according to your needs.
For example, if you already have fruit crates at home, you can readjust them and place them side by side until you reach the desired size for your flower bed, so as not to have to buy boxes to make the raised vegetable garden.
How to build a raised vegetable garden
To begin, trace a perimeter and lay the material to contain the soil.
On a descriptive level we can summarize the steps necessary for build a DIY raised vegetable garden in a few simple steps:
- Create a bottomless perimeter structure.
- Fix it to the ground.
- Fill the prefabricated structure with soil and expanded clay to promote drainage.
- Plant vegetables and start growing your new oneraised garden do it yourself.
There are no rules about therise. If you are wondering how "high" the perimeter containment structure must be, know that this can vary from a minimum of 20-30 centimeters up to over one meter.
If you need to create a raised garden on the terrace or on stony and not very fertile soil, it is better to consider the depth of the root system of the vegetables you intend to grow.
How to build a raised brick garden
After tracing a perimeter, carry out a small excavation (10 cm is enough or in any case just enough to bury half of your first brick). The bricks or stones to be laid on the perimeter must be firmly in the ground so they must be buried halfway.
Depending on the type of brick, you can choose whether to lay dry or with glue. In the case of large bricks (refractory bricks or high bricks), it is easier to continue with the dry laying. For this reason, forbuild a raised brick gardenit is recommended to choose very large bricks.
You can place the bricks either horizontally (so resting on the ground), or vertically (so half thrust into the ground). Choose the solution you prefer based on availability and the type of bricks you intend to take.
Boxes for raised vegetable garden
The photo below shows thecaissonsfor sale to create a raised vegetable garden ready for use.
These caissons they are very decorative. There are plastic or wooden caissons. The one pictured above is waterproofed wood, so as to have a more natural look.
I don't know what the seller had in mind when he took such a picture but ... the box must be filled almost completely because placed in that way the plants would not have enough light!
If you buyboxes for raised gardens, be sure to fill them with fertile soil up to the vegetable garden, erosion phenomena will then slightly lower the soil level.
Thecaissonpresent in the photo above measures 120 x 120 cm. It has 9 separate boxes that can be treated as small single raised beds. The box is offered on Amazon at a price of 50.50 euros, with free shipping and, for more photos and information, I refer you to "this Amazon address".
THEboxes for raised gardensyou can also buy them at the most well-stocked Garden centers and, again on Amazon, there are also much cheaper models (20 - 30 euros).
How to build a raised wood garden
As stated, for build a DIY raised vegetable gardenyou can use wood made from pallet or specially purchased.
If you use specially purchased wood:
for the thickness of the wooden panels, the ideal would be 4 cm, for a length of 120 cm.
A box for the raised vegetable garden must not be too small, nor too large. The square shape is ideal and the dimensions of 120 cm are optimal for creating flower beds. For the height of the wooden panels, 60 cm is fine.
Therefore build caissons for raised gardens you will need:
- 4 wooden panels 120 x 60 x 4.
- 8 carpenter's hinges to join the panels in a square.
- 2 cm wood screws and nails to fix the hinges.
The caissons can be placed on the floor or buried halfway. The bottom of the box can be covered with wire mesh. The wood must be treated and waterproofed.
Raised vegetable garden in pallets
You should disassemble the pallet and use the sleepers to build a DIY raised garden as shown in the first photo above. Also in this case you will need some carpenter's hinges and screws / nails so as to more easily fix the crosspieces between them.
Raised garden, advantages
Why build a raised vegetable garden if you can take advantage of the classic flower beds? Because the advantages are many and will allow you to obtain an orderly, clean garden with more abundant harvests.
- The terrain
In theraised gardenthe soil is more fertile because it is structurally more porous because it is not trodden on. Plus it can be easily changed.
- The light
Since it is grown on a plot of land raised above the ground, the plants receive more light and this is especially important in winter, when the hours of light are few.
- The temperature
Since it is raised from the ground, the patch of soil heats up more quickly so as to make both germination and growth easier
With araised gardenat least one meter,the earth will no longer be so low! This will make it easier to cultivate the flower bed without back pain.
Photo of raised gardens
To get useful ideas and see some beautiful creations, I refer you to our selection of photos dedicated to the raised gardens.