In my new refurbed front garden ( when it gets that far) I'm looking at
putting in some raised borders, not very high just about 4-6" or so can
anyone give me any tips, on building the raised border so it doesn't rot
my new wooden fence to what plants to grow.
It's fairly shady around there for the most part, it's north facing and
the garden currently grows wild roses, ivy, holly, various undetermined
spiked shrubs and brambles lol
I'm after planting Rosemary and lavender among options but they're the
only plants I know, I'd like a low maintenance garden
Frame the raised area with concrete blocks, sometimes called cinder
First dig down a depth equal to the height of the blocks, piling the
soil in the center of the area or else on a tarp (sheet of canvas,
vinyl, etc) outside the area.
Make sure the edges just beyond the dug area are level. Place the
blocks with the holes pointing up around the dug area to frame it. Stir
enough compost, coarse sand, peat moss, and even sawdust or wood chips
(e.g., from having trees trimmed) into the dug soil to fill the raised
area to the top of the blocks. Remember that some settling will occur,
so you really need a generous amount of those amendments. For every
square foot of surface in the raised bed, also stir in a handful of bone
Plant your raised bed.
Pack a good potting mix into the holes in the concrete blocks. Plant
wax leaf begonias in the holes. See "West Shrub and Flower Bed" near
the bottom of my <http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_back.html and the
Rosemary and lavender are both in the salvia family. Except for mints,
members of that family are generally drought-tolerant and prefer a soil
that is not overly moist with scant nutrients. They also prefer at
least part sun.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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