How to Put Together a Flat Packed Raised- Bed for the Garden(Without Instructions)
How to Assemble a Raised - Bed without Instructions
When raised - beds came for gardeners, I thought it would be nice to have one in my garden as I thought it would be easy for me to weed my plants, tend to them and I won't have to bend too much all the time. Also it might deter the slugs from nibbling my plants all the time. And I don't have to do a lot of digging. All I got to do is put some multipurpose compost mixed with my organic own compost then plant any vegetable I want in it. I already planted some of my favourite vegetables in it when we finished putting them together.
But when it came, there was no instructions on how to put them together. I was gutted. Good thing my husband took a photo of an assembled raised-bed on the internet website where we bought it from. We look at the photo and from there we tried to put the Raised-Bed together. It is a good thing my husband is quite good at D.I.Y's so with that, we got his tools like drill with drill bits and started to study how to put them together. We checked first that all the parts and bits and pieces were there before we started assembling or putting them together. The positive thing about the raised-bed we bought is that the wood quality seems very good and it might last a bit longer.
Tools we used for Assembling the Raised-Bed:
- Drill with drill bits–to drill the holes to put screws and brackets in
- Brass screws – used instead of nails
- Brass brackets – to hold the four corners together
- Foot Rule or Ruler
- Spirit level
- Long Extension Lead for the drill
We had to use our initiative and observations as this is the first time we ordered a raised-bed for the garden. Looking at the photo we gathered all the wood together and then started the work.
How we assembled the Raised-Bed:
- First we gathered the wood sections/lined them up.
- Measured the corners where we are going to put the brass brackets to hold the raised-bed corners.
- Then drilled holes for the screws to hold the brackets in place, then screwed in the brackets on four corners of the raised-beds.
- After that, we have to count all the brass screws and work out how many we have to use on the top bit of the raised-bed.
- Then we lined up the planks of wood on top of the raised-bed.
- Measured the equal distances of where to screw the brass screws and marked them, then we drilled holes screwed the brass screws in.
- Then when we finished, carried the assembled raised-bed to where I want to put it.
- I had to measure and make sure it is level by using a spirit level, levelled it.
- Filled it with soil, old newspapers and compost, then planted some of my favourite favourite greens like purple and green pak choi, cucumbers, peas and beans.
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Tips for Assembling Raised-Beds
When assembling raised-beds use brass screws and brass brackets so that it won't get rusty because if you use ordinary screws and brackets it will rust easily according to my husband.
Before starting to assemble the raised-bed, find a flat surface in your garden where you can easily move around to put together your raised-bed. We used our lawn to assemble the raised- bed. Make sure you raised the soil where you want to put the assembled raised-bed by digging it and shovelling it to the centre of the raised-bed. Once you put the raised-bed in place then spread the soil evenly inside the bed and put some compost with fertilisers like Growmore Plant Food(these are like pellets) and mix them all up. Now your raised-bed is ready for planting. It would be better if you use your own compost or mix it with any multi-purpose compost that you buy from the garden centres.
Benefits of having a raised bed
Having a raised bed for the garden has the following benefits:
- It keeps your garden tidy.
- Your plants will be easier to care for.
- Don't do too much bending.
- Water is not wasted because the raised bed tends to retain it.
- It is easier to water the plants.
- It is easy to plant vegetables that you like in one raised bed.
- Slugs are easier to get rid of.
- Vegetables grow better in a raised bed.
Using supermarket vegetable trays for raised beds
Supermarket vegetable trays can be assembled for mini raised beds to use for planting herbs or salad leaves like basil, sage, celery, Pak Choi, mustards, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, chives and many more vegetables. Discarded planks of wood in the tips can be collected and made into raised beds which are really useful also for planting seeds.