Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.
My raised beds have been a work-in-progress since July, mainly because of the delays created by the unseasonal amount of rain Wantage has received this summer. The blog-post ‘
first layer of the raised beds‘ on the ‘Growing a Homestead’ blog prompted me to finish-off the job. This blog provided the idea of placing a base of cardboard down to suppress the weeds. A big thank-you to Kelly McMichael for her inspiration.
1. Raised bed structure, made with 3 planks of timber. One of the planks is cut in half.
2. Wooden peg for supporting the raised bed.
3. Raised bed constructed with notch-joints to make is strong. The raised bed can be moved into place without the fear of it falling apart.
4. Mark wooden peg with the depth of the raised bed. The holes will be drilled within this mark.
5. Screws for the wooden pegs – long enough to go through the peg and attach to the raised bed.
6. Checking screw diameter with a guage to ensure that the hole is slightly bigger than the screw. This will make screwing easier.
7. Drilling holes in the wooden pegs. I place first peg beside a undrilled peg to ensure consistent drilling.
8. Drilling hole into wooden pegs.
9. Removing non-degradable things from the cardboard.
10. Cardboard placed at the bottom of the raised bed. This should suppress the weeds and in time bio-degrade.
11. Wooden pegs hammered in place.
12. Level of the raised bed set with use of a clamp and spirit level.
13. Cardboard and raised bed now in place.
14. Compost piled onto to cardboard base of the raised bed.
15. Raking the soil in the raised beds.
16. Compressing the compost with a rake. It rained just after I did this, so there was no risk of the compost blowing away. You might wish to consider watering the compost.
17. Nearly there!
Update 7 September 2012, I have published a sequel blog on How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel