Tips for Building a Raised Vegetable Patch Using Treated Pine Sleepers

Not only do you want your backyard area to look stylish and add to the curb appeal of your home, but you also want it to be functional. A raised vegetable garden can be a great way for you to get the most use out of your backyard and allow you to grow your own vegetables. A large raised vegetable garden can be the ideal way for you to grow the vegetable and herbs that you desire. Building your own raised vegetable patch is possible through the use of a few materials, including treated pine sleepers from a company like Australian Treated Pine. Before you begin building your raised vegetable garden, be sure that you are informed of the following helpful tips designed to make the building process simpler.


Once you have chosen the section of your backyard that you want to use for a raised vegetable garden, begin clearing the space. Make sure that the entire space is cleared and properly leveled. Using a shovel might be the easiest way to clear and level the space. If you are thinking of adding a path to surround your raised vegetable patch, you will also need to clear a larger area to add a walkway.


Next, you can use the treated pine sleepers to build the garden. The sleepers will be the outline of the raised vegetable bed. Make sure that you lay one layer of treated pine sleepers on the ground in a design that is in the shape of a square. You will need to use a drill to make sure that you can attach the sleepers to one another through the face into the corresponding end. This will result in them being connected and being a stable barrier around the vegetable garden. If you are looking to build a garden that is taller in height, it is possible to add a second layer, but just make sure you also screw them into place.


After the sleepers have been put in place, you can fill up the raised garden patch about half way with gravel. Gravel is important because it is a drainage material that will help keep your garden from flooding.


With the gravel laid, you can then add a layer of geotextile fabric around the base and sides of the vegetable garden. This type of fabric is ideal because it will act as a root barrier and needs to be tacked into place. You can then add the soil over the geotextile. Make sure that the soil is filled below the top of the sleepers. Once you have the soil added, you can then add in some fertiliser to ensure that your vegetables will grow. All of the seedlings can be planted after the fertiliser has been added and can then be watered based on growing instructions for each seedling type.