Moving a raised garden bed

Springtime is a busy time — when we are paying attention to our garden! This year we’ve moved some garden beds around, so we’re redesigning our vegetable rotation, and what goes where.

For example, we’ve moved the strawberries from their old too-shady location, to inside the netted orchard:

Strawberry runners, now protected from the birds
Strawberry runners, now protected from the birds

More dramatically, we disassembled the raspberry bed entirely, and rebuilt it in a more appropriate location that gets better sunshine.

First we unscrewed the boards from the old bed — it was so overgrown and compacted that the soil just stayed in place, like a cake just come out of a springform pan!

Looks naked without the boards!
Looks naked without the boards!

Then we laid down some cardboard in the new location, and started to cut and assemble the new bed.

Cardboard first

We’re hoping that the cardboard skirt will stop the grass growing long right up against the boards.

At each corner we use an upright piece that gets screwed to each board.

Clamping the corner

As we add boards to the outside of the bed, we use layers of mulch, manure and soil dug from the old bed to fill as we go.

Filling as we go

Partly filled

By the end of the day, after a huge amount of hard work from Stephen, the bed is filled, and ready to mulch.

All boarded up Final layer of mulch

We used all the soil from the old bed, even though we cut some of the boards shorter!
Digging away at the old soil
Digging away at the old soil “cake”

The next day, I took this sweeping picture across our backyard to show the dirty patch where the bed used to be, and the new location with our other beds. Our backyard is not shaped like this! It is straight, but the panorama gives the photo a very fish-eye lens look 🙂

Old bed was on the left, now it is on the right!
Old bed was on the left, now it is on the right.

This new garden bed will be growing cucurbits (cucumbers, pumpkins (winter squash), zucchini (summer squash) and lettuces and annual flowers in the centre.

I’ll leave you with a few lovely shots of our garden helpers. Enjoy!

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