We have now got all of the parts for constructing our raised bed for the vegetables, so today we began to put it all together with help from my lovely mom and dad. Cant believe my dad is in his late fifties, he is such a grafter.
Our raised bed is going to be quite a large one, and we have used three wooden sleepers to create the outline of it, which we got from Border Fencing in Bromsgrove (www.borderfencing.co.uk). The sleepers were £10 each and as we are doing ours in a rectangle shape we only needed three, as we will cut one of these in half. We also got some mega long nails to hold the beds in place! So it worked out much cheaper than we had anticipated, so far.
Here are some pictures of the construction process!!! It was really hard work and the wood did keep twisting and splitting at times, but it all worked out in the end! We basically used some thinner wood with screws in each end to act as joints between the bigger parts.
Our next task is to fill the bed with a mixture of soil and compost! James is going to dig a little below the soil to make it a bit deeper. This is where the expense is going to come in I think.
I would recommend making your own raised bed if you do need a particularly large one, otherwise I would bite the bullet and buy ready c0nstructed smaller ones as it is quite time consuming and hard work!! I really dont think you should be expected to pay over £30 for any size raised bed, but that’s just me.
We paid our ‘workers’ with morroccan slow roasted lamb, lemon butter couscous and feta salad for lunch, as well as James fixing my dad’s laptop for him and me giving my mom about six old pillows so that she can use the inserts to make cushions! I definitely think that we came off with the better end of the deal!!!