Like any project, being prepared is key. Use our volume chart to confirm the quantity of soil required for your new Round or Slimline garden bed. Have all items you require at hand as this will save you lots of time and energy.

Follow these 6 simple steps to installing a raised garden bed:

Step 1: PREPARATION

Checklist: Hat, sunscreen, gloves, scissors, shovel, hand tools, wheel borrow, watering can, fertilizer, quality potting mix or organic garden soil, drainage media (crushed bricks / ag pipe), weed mat, veggie seeds / seedlings and of course water!

Step 2: LOCATION

Sunlight: Most veggies love full sun. Take a moment to consider the best location, taking into account shadows from adjacent buildings, trees and fences. Morning sun is best.

Exposure: Soil moisture will be lost quickly in windy locations. Add water crystals to the soil and water your veggies regularly.

Level Ground: Position your garden bed on LEVEL ground before filling it with soil. Dig in the bottom edge for added support if placed on open ground.

Step 3: DRAINAGE

Ensure you have good drainage. If you have a base, then use recycled crushed brick, tiles, concrete or any large aggregate as drainage material. Add weed cloth to separate the soil layer. If placing your garden bed on open ground then you may need to loosen the ground using a shovel.

Clay soil: add some Gypsum

Alkaline soil: add some Sulphate of Ammonia

Acidic soil: add some Garden Lime.

Step 4: SOIL & COMPOST

Use good quality organic garden soil and plenty of compost/mulch. Contact Us for a quote.

Kitchen compost will add real boost to your veggie garden.

Mix layers of soil and mulch to distribute nutrients evenly. You may wish to create a top layer of seed raising mix to give your veggies a ‘kick start’ to life.

Step 5: PLANTING

Take time to read the plant labels. Here you will find great planting tips about growth, spacing, preferred locations, harvesting etc.

Think about future access to your veggies with regards to the shape and location of your raised garden bed.

Do you have 360 degree access or just one side because it’s up against a wall?

How wide is your garden bed? Can you reach the far side comfortably?

Place punnets on surface before planting. This will allow you time to fine tune the final layout.

Step 6: WATER

Add lots of water.

Make sure you water in your seeds or seedlings well. Use a watering can or hose on fine spray to minimize soil disturbance.

Don’t forget to label your crops (plant name & sowing date) so that you know ‘what & when’ to harvest.

Happy Gardening!