Raised planting beds utilize garden space better than traditional rows and improve drainage. Although raised beds can stand alone, you will decrease erosion, make your garden more ascetically pleasing, and provide a comfortable place to sit while working in the garden by installing a plant bed wall around your raised bed. Many materials can be used for this project, but a dry brick wall is one of the easiest to install.
Stake where you want the border to be. Be sure to stake both the inside and outside edges. Run a string between the stakes at the height desired, which should be at least half the height of your bricks. Determine the depth of your trench according to this string.
Dig a trench at least half the height of the bricks and of equal width to your bricks. Remember, the sand will make your bricks set slightly higher.
Dig and temporarily remove any plants that are within one foot of where the border will be, if your garden is already established.
Fill the bottom of the trench with sand to allow settling when the ground heaves in colder months and to improve drainage. Tamp sand down with a brick or two-by-six to make it flat and even.
Lay bricks in trench so that they set at a height even with your string. Add or remove base material to adjust height accordingly. If border is continuous, adjust height so the two ends meet evenly in the same way.
Lay a second row of bricks on top of the first row. Offset the second row to the first. Use half-bricks on the ends to keep rows flush. Add more rows in this same manner until you have reached a height equal to or slightly above your raised plant bed.
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