Nothing beats home-grown vegetables from your own vegetable garden. Thanks to rising food prices and environmental concerns, there has never been a better time to start growing your own. As long as you have a spot that receives at least five hours of sun each day, creating a vegie patch is simple. It can be as small or big as you like – it just depends on how much space you have and how many mouths you’re feeding.
Gather your supplies
50 x 750mm Retain-iT corner posts (4)
50 x 200mm x 2.4m H4
ACQ sleepers (6)
90 x 45mm H3 treated pine decking (for capping)
Seedlings or seeds
Quality organic mulch, such as sugar cane or fine lucerne
Suitable quantity of soil
14ga x 125mm bugle-head treated pine screws
To work out soil quantity, multiply length of bed by width and depth in metres. These supply will make a 2.4 x 1.2m x 400mm raised garden bed
- Step 1: Mark out area where bed is to be positioned. Remove turf and level area.
- Step 2: Dig a 750mm hole in each corner of bed. Position corner post in hole, ensuring it faces directions in which sleepers will be inserted. Pour in concrete and mix according to instructions. Check if post is right height, and check plumb using spirit level, adjusting if necessary. Repeat for each corner and leave to dry.
- Step 3: Measure and cut 2 sleepers in half – these make the ends of the raised bed. Position base sleepers, then top sleepers. Check height of top sleeper matches corner posts so capping sits flush along wall.
- Step 4: Mitre corners of capping, then screw on top of sleepers, leaving a 20mm overhang on each side.
- Step 5: Fill bed with soil. Rake to level and lightly compact. Plant seedlings or sow seeds, paying attention to recommended spacings on packet. Water in well with a solution of seaweed tonic.
- Step 6: Spread mulch around seedlings, being careful not to push it up against seedlings or cover seeds. Water gently to lock mulch in place.
You’ll also need
Quick set concrete; stringline; mallet; shovel/post hole digger; circular saw; rake; measuring tape; set-out paint; spirit level; Yates Nature’s Way Seawood Booster or Seasol (seaweed tonic)