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Do-it-Yourself Raised Flower Bed

# What you need :

  • 2 x wooden planks for the sides
  • 2 x wooden planks for the ends
  • Wood screws suitable for outdoor use
  • An electric drill

Note: raised flower beds should be between 6 and 12 inches high to give your plants adequate space for the roots to grow, so as a guide, the width of your planks needs to fall somewhere in this region. For flowers, the shorter end of this range will usually suffice.

# Method :

  • If possible, use a flat surface such as a patio, driveway or garage floor.
  • Lay out your planks in a rectangle, exactly how you’re going to be fitting them together
  • Take one of your end planks and place it flush against the end of one of your side planks, to form one corner of your planter
  • Using your electric drill, pre-drill holes straight through your end plank and into the end of your side plank – for a six inch high planter one at the top and one at the bottom will be enough, but for anything taller add one in the middle too. (Pre-drilling reduces the chances that the wood will split, and improves the hold of the screw.)
  • Repeat for all four corners of your planter, until you have something resembling flat-pack furniture – four pre-drilled planks with a corresponding screw for each hole
  • Now, using the pre-drilled holes and your drill, screw the planks together, one corner at a time – and your planter is complete!

# Pefect Placement For Your Raised Flower Bed

Unless your raised flower bed is narrow enough that you can reach the far side easily, consider leaving a little space around it for access. Avoid any area of your garden that sees heavy footfall. When deciding where to place your raised flower bed, choose somewhere that gets a lot of sunshine year round.

Once you’ve decided where your raised bed is going, you need to prepare the area. This means clearing weeds and preferably any large rocks or stones. If using an area that is currently lawn, you can place your riased bed on top and score around it as a guide to show you exactly where you’re going to have to remove turf from.