Step 5: Fill in with soil and plant

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Once all of the branches have been placed, fill with soil and other green matter as necessary. Fill in the front of the trench so that the soil is level with the surrounding ground level

Plant with plants!
enjoy for years to come
tezcatbus1 year ago
It's been years, and this is still one of my favourite 'ibles. Very clear instructions, clear photos, and reasons given for the steps so that readers can make their own adjustments per their circumstances. Thanks again! I have roughly a cord of sticks from our 25yo eucalyptus tree, as well as trimmings from fruit trees, and I'm gonna make the HECK out of some garden beds this year.
sydney66812 years ago
Hi--What a great idea and super clear instructions! I have been trying to figure out how to do some terraces to act as raised garden beds on a shallow slope in my yard. Like you I am cash-free, but have sticks-a-plenty!

I had a few thoughts about some of the other comments. About the barrier between the dirt and fence: Canvas, good quality cotton denim/twill, sailcloth or material used for outdoor awnings and cushions could be helpful, and it seems all you would need would be a good sized scrap.(Maybe free? It could happen!) You could stretch it over a frame like an artist canvas. For added strength you could even laminate a few layers of fabric with water based glue like elmers, then lean it against the fence. Use a few 2x4 scraps to make spacers, or lean on the fence posts-just to make an air space. It would be quite strong--the fabric would probably outlast the wood!

I think a layer of tightly woven fabric between the sticks and dirt might slow their deterioration as well. But really, it's not such a bit deal, is it? Stick decays, go get another stick. No sweat!

Thanks again for the inspiring project!
ddamrill4 years ago
This simply looks awesome and natural. I wish we had a bunch of trees to prune:)
vincent75204 years ago
Simple and very beautiful.
Thanks for posting.
cathrynm4 years ago
I love this as a starting point for my own take on recycling "tree trash" from my backyard - I bought a home this past year with nearly an acre of unfenced yard and as I don't have the finances for all that I would like to do, I have been pondering the best way to use all the downed tree trash in the back yard for a short term fencing solution. Take the larger posts you've used at the edges, drill a hole near the top and bottom, drill similar holes in the thinner "stringing material," then string those pieces until the space between the thicker posts are filled in. This fence can be as tall or as short as you might want (to keep your critters corralled) and should last a few years till it can be replaced with a more permanent fence! Thank you for the great 'ible and the idea! :)
chiirioz4 years ago
AWESOME Idea. I am in the process of doing this even though it's fall.... should have found this earlier. Oh well.

I'm also curious as to preventing rot on the sticks and how the creator's raised bed is doing now.

I have some left over thin logs that I'm going to use instead of a bunch of sticks. Perhaps I'll line the inside with some straight planks of store-bought wood and still get the attractive exterior and also a layer of tarp or something.
lej6195 years ago
wow I really want to make one. now just to figure out where to put it. Then to head to the hills and get the sticks. lol
Jademadina5 years ago
wow this brillant Ive got most of what I need in my back garden.  Cant wait to get started. Woohoo.
This is wonderful.  How much time did it take?  I want to do this now...but too much snow outside!!!!!
Qcks5 years ago
This is a weird thought, but rather then inhibiting rot, why not encourage it? 

If you seeded the sticks with mushroom spawn, you'd have wild mushroom down low, and interesting plants up top.
I've also heard that encouraging mushroom growth promotes healthier plants since the fungus can form symbiotic relationships with root systems.

The downside being you'd hafta eventually redo the raised bed, but there's always maintainence.
Spanner695 years ago
I am also wondering about rot ... but not in the sticks above ground but below ground. Have ou treated them with anything to inhibit rotting below ground?

I think this looks fantastic and in a world where work does not interfere with my gardening time I would be more than happy to build and MAINTAIN this wonderfully looking garden bed.

Maybe if you had access to a beekeeper who throws out his / her bees wax you could use that as a rot inhibitor underground on each of the sticks and the main posts.

Just a random left field thought.
schroedc5 years ago
Beautiful, earthy, finished design.  Love it.
AmyLuthien5 years ago
WOW!  That is really attractive, and such a smart idea!  Thanks!
PearlZenith5 years ago
I love the concept and the finished garden. 

However, I'm not sure that black plastic will prevent rotting.  At least, in my climate, it wouldn't, as the moisture will be trapped between the plastic and the fence and definitely encourage rot. 

I think the best bet is to not build against a wood fence, unless this is a temporary installation, or your fence is expendable.
jmiller39315 years ago
Great idea. I love the way it looks, however, I would not put dirt directly against the fence like that. It will dramatically accelerate rotting of the fence boards and post. The wimpy fence boards will eventually bow outward as well.
It looks like a layer of black plastic would prevent rot as for the pressure of soil and eventually water bowing out the fence I think you are right. perhaps the stick wall completely around the raised bed would be a nice fix and really complete this great idea. The sticks would allow for optimal drainage and aeration of the soil. as long as there are enough holes in the plastic against the stick walls. I am afraid that doing work in the bed would ruin it if one cannot reach the back by hand.
 You sure have a lot of sticks.
 A really good instructable. It makes me want to do it, leaves me with no questions unanswered, and makes a great looking product. Much better than a video. In fact, I believe any instructable this clearly written and photographed is better than a video.
occupada5 years ago
Beautiful and resourceful with excellent instructions.  I've been wanting to try something like this for some time.  Thanks very much!