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How to Build a Raised Flower Bed

Views: 16318 | Last Update: 2009-05-02
A raised flowerbed can be built by laying wood in a square and filling it with compost. Put weed barrier on the bottom of a raised flowerbed with tips from an experienced gardener in this free video on planting flowers and gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda from vanveenbulbs.com. And in this segment, we're going to learn about how to build a raised bed. Now, there's lots of different ways to build a raised bed, but probably the easiest way that I have found to build that raised bed is just to lay some wood out in a big square, and fill it with some compost, and I always use some weed barrier on the bottom, so the water can go through it but the weeds don't grow up through it and the gophers and the moles don't get through it either. So it works really well. And I'll show you right here what I've done. So these aren't even connected, these pieces of wood. We could just got probably 8 feet long pieces. I've got two 8s by two 4 feet pieces, and they just fit really well. And I just put 'em into a big rectangle, and I've got my weed barrier cloth underneath, and then we've just put lots of compost in here, and filled it up to at least four or five inches. And we've actually dug down a little bit deeper than the level of the gravel, so the bed itself is probably six inches deep. So we've actually dug it out a little bit because then then we have a little more room for the roots to grow, and for the bed to have some nice, lush dirt in it. And it's really simple to do and you can build a raised bed pretty much anywhere. You don't have to have wood, even, you could surround it by rocks, and lots of different garden centers will sell rocks, and landscape companies, and even gravel pits if you live anywhere near one. But there's lots of different ways to do it. You can use brick, you can just make put your weed barrier cloth down and then just put rows of brick, and the next thing you know, you have great, great flower beds. So building a raised bed is easy to do, and you can make it formal or informal. I know people that have used stainless steel because it bends and made circular beds, and you can use pretty much any material, and recycling's always a good thing. So go out there and set aside an area for a raised bed, and go to it, and before long you going to have a beautiful garden.