Monday, 9 May 2016

How to make a super quick raised bed

To allow us to get our young plants into the ground as soon as we can, we are putting together a couple of temporary raised beds. Eventually, we will put more permanent edging around them, but for now, they will suffice.
We called at our local garden centre and collected some large cardboard boxes (which they allow customers to take free of charge). We laid the boxes on the ground approximately where we wanted the raised bed to be and using the compost that we've made over the last 5 months, we filled each box.
While the boxes were still half filled we could adjust their positioning, so that they were in line with the permanent raised beds at the other end of the garden,
Putting one box next to the last, we  created the shape and approximate size that we need. These boxes were about two and half feet long and one and a half feet wide, but any size box could be used to make a raised bed the size that is needed.

About 45 minutes later, our super-quick raised bed was almost ready to plant up. I will top the compost with some garden soil (three or four inches) and then plant our young climbing bean plant into the soil. The compost should give them a boost once their roots get down into it.
 It has poured with rain this afternoon and the cardboard isn't holding up very well to being soaked. The bottom sections of the boxes are fairing better than the lids, but I am more than happy if they disintegrate over the next few weeks, leaving us with soil in the correct area for us to put the two by four wood lengths around it when we get time. If you were using them in a polytunnel or greenhouse, they would no doubt last for the whole season.

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6 comments:

  1. What a good idea. Flighty xx

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  2. I think I need to work on the quality of box that we use, I think a thicker, corrugated card might be better, but it saved a lot of time when we have so many young plants waiting to get into the ground.

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  3. 'Necessity is the mother of invention' springs to mind. Well done, I don't know how you find the energy for all these tasks. lol Sheila

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    1. I sleep a great deal in between tasks Sheila. Do a job, sleep for an hour or so, do next job, sleep again. It's a good job I work for me and not an employer, can't imagine them letting me have 'snooze breaks'!

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  4. Good idea! Even if the boxes collapse it should still work well; it's the same approach as starting a no-dig bed with a cardboard mulch and compost on top.

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    1. Absolutely Matt, that's exactly what we are doing! Just hope we can make enough compost to fill them!

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