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Raised vegetable gardens – what’s right for you?

Raised vegetable gardens


Vege gardening has never been so hot. But gone are the days of digging over a patch of lawn and planting a few seedlings. These days, a raised vege garden is a must-have. They not only look great, they’re ideal in areas where soil is poor and make gardening easier for people with physical disabilities. There are kitsets galore in garden stores as well as limitless DIY options for those who are handy with a hammer. Here are a few ideas – just in time to plan a Labour Weekend project!

‘Half rounds

Rustic half-rounds (landscape logs) are very easy to work with. Concreted corners are required for beds three logs high or more. Lower beds can use wooden pegs as supports.

Professional

This is a seriously professional raised garden requiring more than a passing interest in DIY projects. It looks really sharp and the capping provides a good place to sit while you work. Unless you possess the tools and the know-how, however, my suggestion would be to contact a local landscaper and get a quote.

Sleepers

Hardwood sleepers look fantastic, but you need a circular saw or chainsaw to cut them. Wear safety goggles and keep your wits about you in case the saw ‘grabs’ on any metal pieces in the timber. Pre-drill nail holes to prevent nails bending, or secure them using coach bolts. Pine or macrocarpa sleepers can be a cheaper, easier option.

Brustics

You’ll need some carpentry skills for a garden like this. It uses a framework built to fit Brustic garden edges, which can be used in direct contact with soil but will last better if lined with heavy-duty polythene

TIoBER

Roughsawn stained timber creates a simple, stylish effect. Corner and mid-section posts need to be concreted in place and timber lengths need to be levelled so the beds will lie perfectly horizontal.

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