Dear Readers,

 As I mentioned in my biodynamic post; JimJim very kindly made me a raised bed to avoid contamination from his gardening methods.

So step by step, this is how we (ok, he) did it:

1.  Gather the equipment you require:

eye protection
gloves
saw
pencil
measuring tape
nuts, bolts/nails
screwdriver or a screwdriver bit for the drill
brackers
wood

Tools you need

Tools you need

Tools you need

Tools you need

2. Measure and cut

Our beds are 8 feet wide by 12 feet long.

Measure and cut

Measure Twice, Cut Once

3.  Lay it out and check the size, shape and that you’ve cut it properly

Check the size

Grizzly Photobomb

4.  Once you’re happy with the layout, you can bolt on the hinges or nail the planks together

Building a raised bed

Fasten together

5.  If you have put the frame together somewhere else, enlist the help of a neighbor with beer and move it to where it needs to go.

Building a raised bed

6.  Cover with cardboard to suppress the grass

Overlap the edges to reduce the likelihood of grass or weeds coming through.

Building a raised bed

7.  Flatten the cardboard down and check for gaps in the layers

Building a raised bed

Sparky Photobomb

8.  If desired add another layer of mulch such as grass clippings.  We added some raked leaves from the orchard at my old house.

9.  Cover the card with compost or soil

Building a raised bed

10. Level the soil then plant up

Building a raised bed

JimJim hard at work