Creating a raised bed adds interest to your garden, helps you control the quality of your soil, and allows for ease of access for all gardeners, including disabled persons. While there are many ways to make a raised bed, you can build a raised garden with garden pavers to make a permanent change to your property that won't rot or need to be replaced. Once the raised bed is constructed, you can fill it with soil and plant with any variety of flowers, fruits or vegetables.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Garden stakes
- Rubber mallet
- Flathead shovel or spade
- Old board
- Garden soil
Pound garden stakes into the ground with a rubber mallet to mark the outermost corners of the bed. For a round bed, plant stakes along the perimeter every foot. Loop string between the stakes to mark off the raised garden area.
Use a flathead shovel to remove the sod layer of grass and the-top 3 inches of earth from the entire area within your marked string line. If you are working on a slope, then dig deeper along the uphill portion of the slope. Use a level and continue to dig along the uphill area until the soil is level inside the entire marked off area.
Remove the stakes and string. Pack the soil down using the head of your shovel along the perimeter where the pavers will rest. Pour an inch of sand over the packed soil along the perimeter. Smooth the sand flat by running an old board over the sand.
Place pavers next to each other on top of the sand around the perimeter of your prepared area. Use the rubber mallet as you place each paver to tap it toward the paver which was set before it and a second time to tap it down into the sand to make it even with the previous paver. There should be little-to-no space between the pavers.
Build up the second layer of pavers directly over the first, using a staggered pattern by placing the first paver of the second row over top of a joint between two pavers on the bottom row. Continue to place pavers all the way around, making sure they are set as closely together as possible, tapping with the mallet when needed.
Add additional layers of pavers, repeating Step 5 until the raised bed wall is as tall as you want it to be. Taller beds will naturally require more pavers than shorter walls and the height of your pavers will determine the number of rows needed to create the height of the wall.
Pour an inch of gravel into the bottom of your completed raised bed followed by gardening soil. Fill the raised garden with soil to within an inch or two from the top edge of your pavers. Plant as desired, following the spacing needs and sun requirements of your plants.
Tips and warnings
- Pavers come in a wide variety of colours, shapes, heights, and textures. Pick a paver that suits the existing landscaping around your home for a unified look.
- Bare patches of yard can be fixed with the sod pieces removed from the bed area.
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