Build a Timber Raised Bed

If you have a heavy clay soil, you may find it easier to grow your vegetables in raised beds. Not only does the soil drain freely, but it also warms up faster in spring.

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Arrange Second Layer

The next layer of timbers simply sit on top of the first. Arrange the pieces so that the joints at the four corners are staggered to give the structure extra strength and stability. Check all levels before screwing the lumber in place.

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Sow Seeds or Plant Plugs

Fill with garden topsoil or soil-based compost. Water it well and leave to settle for a few days, after which you can sow seeds or plant directly.

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