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Walls, fences, paths, patios, decking, pergolas and raised beds are all examples of hard landscaping.

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12 Feb 2004, 05:40 #1

raised beds? I was thinking of trying them this year.I am looking for a way to keep the pups out of my flowers and veggies.
Do they work better in the corner of the yards? Would you use just wood or wood with plastic to build the sides?

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12 Feb 2004, 07:20 #2

My neighbour used old railway sleepers. They work absolutely fine and save on back ache. I don't think you can get old sleepers anymore here, EU ruling relating to the health hazards of creosote.
The plastic click together frames seem very expensive.

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12 Feb 2004, 07:53 #3

I just built mine with 18" By 9" concrete blocks, 3 blocks high, around 27". Haven't had them plastered yet, but certainly saves my back. I filled them with stone up to about 18", and laid old compost bags over the stone, and topped up with multi purpose compost. Our black lab has climbed into them a couple of times, but I have given him a strong lecture, so think he has got the message now.
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12 Feb 2004, 10:01 #4

You can easily get hold of railway sleepers online, they cost around 15 each. You can choose from new or old. Try googling "railway sleepers" - there are loads of links.


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12 Feb 2004, 12:03 #5

I just love raised beds - all those opportunities for things to trail and tumble over the edges, and they're so much easier to keep under control! And fewer weeds get in.
I built one from brick once - but anything that's strong enough to hold up will do: wood, stone, concrete and, I suppose, plastic - but don't under-estimate the thickness of wall you will need: sagging and bulging walls are not a thing of beauty! And the higher it is, the stronger it will need to be.
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12 Feb 2004, 12:31 #6

How high are you thinking of raising them Lani? as this will often decide the type of materials required.
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12 Feb 2004, 13:41 #7

I have a couple of raised beds in my courtyard make out of brick. It's really great having the plants lifted up, also easy to play with and a great occasional perch when you get tired
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12 Feb 2004, 14:43 #8

Lani, here are some pics of the raised bed we did in the front yard - had to keep dogs off my garden !
It may be more than you had in mind but just an idea to show the concrete blocks being used. We did not mortar - just used steel rods to hold in place .
Beginning:
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Finished:
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Close Up View:
www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID= ... fb&size=lg

Just an idea
Pip - I don't know that I would have posted had I seen yours !!!
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