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How to build your own raised beds

 I read this blog quite regulary and have just come across this article that I thought may come useful.

 Maybe abit adventurous this cold easter weekend though!

How to build your own raised beds :

Let me know how it goes if anyone tries it



  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    That looks like it'll be a fun challenge, just thinking if I made one what flowers I could put in it image

  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    I think it would be a fun challenge trying to build one in this weather!

  • I've just made some. The previous owner built a wooden deck , but built it above the damp proof course so i had to take it down. So rather than wasting the wood i made raised beds


    they are 3m x 1.6m. I just have to line the wood with plastic sheeting and put a antiweeed matting on the bottom tomorrow. and just need to get some wooden stakes to stop them bowing out


  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    How much top soil would you need for a raised bed that large? 3m x 1.6m x .3m  1.44 cubic meters i think 1440 litres.

    says that is 3 bulk bags worth, a tonne of topsoil is between 750 Litres  normal, to a blend 900 Litres. They price at between 74 - 86 pounds sterling a tonne depending on what mix it is. 

      Might be worth resizing a little a 3foot wide bed about a meter and 20 cm deep works out at 600 litres.

    It seems the biggest cost of a raised bed isn't making it but filling it.

  • Yes , i'm getting top soil (0,75m) at around £74. But will bulk it out with compost and some soil i will have from digging out a patio. So hopefully that should fill them

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572

    Hi last year we paid £20 a ton for good top soil £20 for a full tipper of manure for our new raised beds and the winter and worms did the rest, cheap and its now ready to go,image  really no need to spend fortunes good luck


  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    Steve Worthing looks really good, you will have to post another pic once it is planted image

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     All lined , plastic sheeting around the outside to help protect the wood from rotting and antiweed membrane to stop weeds and help hold moisture & nutrients (south facing so will dry out quick, if we have a summer that isimage



     2 Tons of soil later and all ready to go



  • PumpheadPumphead Posts: 14

    Steve Worthing this is exactly how I built 2 of my raised beds. They work really well just got to re paint them this summer in an attempt to brighten up the garden. But deck board is a great cheap option to build with.

  • Earl20Earl20 Posts: 34

    Steve Worthing thats great thanks for adding those images. Looks like you did a great job image

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