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How to Make Your Own Raised Bed

Written by Sustainability

12 Jun 2020

Whether it’s to reduce the number of trips to the supermarket, or to try something new, there has never been a better time to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

It’s also really easy to do. Follow the simple steps below to make your own raised bed in less than 20 minutes. You can use this for growing a variety of fruit and vegetables, from carrots and spring onions to lettuces and radishes. Just place it in a sunny spot on a patio or on garden grass and water regularly.

Step one - Gather your materials

First things first, you need to find a suitable container. Wooden pallets and other wooden containers usually work best for this sort of project. You may need to be savvy to pick some up. They can often be found on places like online marketplaces for around £5. 

Alternatively speak to friends or neighbours who may be undertaking DIY projects who’d otherwise not be using the spare wood.

Step two - Sealing your container

It’s important that you seal your container to avoid excess soil and water dropping out of it. The best and cheapest way to do this is simply with cardboard. Any will do, so start ripping up your most recent Amazon parcel to make sure all the tape, staples and wax are removed. This is important as they tend not to be biodegradable. 

Overlapping the cardboard is fine, just make sure there are no gaps. Now you’re ready to fill it!

Step three - Filling & sowing

The next thing you need to do is fill the container with multi-purpose compost. You should be able to find this at most large supermarkets. Once that's in, you can start to sow your seeds.

When you add them, make sure to bed them in well and water them immediately. It may be early June, but there's still plenty of time to get growing, meaning you don't need to pay for salad this summer. Produce that you can grow now includes spinach, carrots, radish, lettuce, spring onion rocket and turnips.