Two new corrugated raised garden beds

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Raised garden beds, 1.5m x 0.5m, before installation
Raised garden beds, 1.5m x 0.5m, before installation

In preparation for Spring, I ordered two new corrugated garden beds from Tankworks. These are 1.5m x 0.5m in size, small enough to squeeze in beside the side of the house and the driveway.

As you can see from the picture below, these need a fair bit of digging into the slope. There are just a few corrugations visible at the top end of the first bed, and almost all above ground at the bottom. Still, I think it’s still the easiest way to create raised and level garden beds on a slope. We’ve also had a huge number of positive comments from passer-byers on the garden beds, they’re quite a hit!

These two beds will be all beans, as per my last post. These are going to be our staple crop for spring, and I’m leaving space for a second planting in 4-6 weeks time, so we have a longer supply.

The raised beds, dug in beside the house
The raised beds, dug in beside the house

3 thoughts on “Two new corrugated raised garden beds

    Sky said:
    August 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    They look fantastic – I can envisage them full of beans ready to harvest!!

    Ms BGC said:
    August 31, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Where do you get your soil from?

      James responded:
      September 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

      I take a “no-dig” gardening approach for the raised beds. This means layering lots of different stuff:

      * newspaper
      * compost
      * straw
      * soil

      This gives a lot of good organic bulk, for a lot less.

      That being said, with a new garden, I’m yet to see my compost bin and worm farm generate a lot of bulk yet. So in this case, I bought a bulk supply of soil (2 tonnes), which is very easily dropped off by a small truck. Added to that was a pile of cow manure.

      At roughly $70/tonne, that’s still a small up-front investment. In future years, I should have a good supply of organic material coming out of the garden itself, so hopefully I won’t need any more bulk deliveries…

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