Another project – a slightly raised bed

You might wonder why I’ve embarked on another project when the pond is as yet waiting upon completion. Well, this new project ties into the whole because I need to do something with the soil mountain which has piled up in the middle of the garden.

One idea I had been toying with was to build a raised bed over the thin (both downwards and sideways) sliver of soil by the back fence. Each spring the bluebells come up and for the rest of the year I am graced with dandelions.

The bluebells are already coming through – they must have accustomed themselves to being in the shade to the extent they don’t recognised the fact it is now December gloom.

Now, I am happy to have dandelions, which is just as well, considering they are unstoppable. At the same time, it would be great if I could also have something else outside the bluebell season.

So, in order to facilitate this desire, I am using slats from the fence I chopped down at the back of the garden earlier in the year to create a border. Then some of the aforementioned soil can go in the bed I’ve created.

The white paint is becoming discoloured as the original fence preservative seeps through.

As per usual, I ran out of steam after doing the first stretch and now I need to keep my fingers crossed that the border holds and doesn’t get knocked when my neighbour is taking her bins out. And I also need to think about what to plant in my new-found bit of garden.

NB I’m aware that the new soil could rot the bottom of the fence but I doubt this will be a concern in the near future.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Another project – a slightly raised bed

  1. I love how you use every inch of space available! You would have to plant something pretty upright – our trellis it up against the fence. Do currents grow in your area? You could knock a wooden stake into the ground at every join and screw the slats to that, to keep them from toppling over (if she does bump them…)?

    • Helen says:

      I do have currants which I might need to move. But wouldn’t they be too bushy?
      Anyway, thanks for the suggestion re holding the slats in place 😊

      • skyeent says:

        You can grow redcurrants and gooseberries as cordons – I’ve seen them growing this way at Ryton and other gardens (although typically I couldn’t find a photo!). They do take a bit of pruning though (like miniature apple trees), and would there be enough soil?

        • Helen says:

          Probably not enough soil, though my eyes did light up when you mentioned gooseberries. I’ve found the variety I was (desert, spineless) but there will be another spot for them 😊

  2. Well done for finding more space. I hope you have some good results there. Strawberries maybe? though they would spill on to the path a bit

    • Helen says:

      I could try strawberries out in that patch – at least until I think of something else to grow there. And I could just cut all the runners off. Thank you, Jackie.

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