In this Instructable you are going to learn how to make a vegetable patch in a weekend. The pictures below are the results of a weekend project done a while back. So drive down to the DIY store and get cracking. Your going to to need:
- Angle grinder(optional)
- Drill with drill bits
- A wood Plane
- Sand paper
- A screw driver
- A hoe
- A Spade
- A Garden fork
- cement fork
- Good dig-able ground
- Timber(2" x 4")
Step 1: Plans
These are the plans used for this specific patch, its square and simple with a cross path(+) allowing easy access to the beds. Please feel free to alter your patch layout accordingly with the ground being used. Each corner contains a square strut and a simple end-to-end joint. This was done as the frames will not be moving around too much. Make sure the screws you have purchased give a deep enough thread to join the pieces of wood.
The layout of tiles was made using an angle grinder that was rented from Roses, the garden shop and iron masons. this does not have to be done but can look better.
Step 2: Tools + Land
Before digging up the area of land I advise you soak the ground thoroughly. This will make digging up the turf much easier. So lay out sting using sticks for the corners to give you an area to dig. This stops you from going squint and too wide.
Once all the turf has been removed you will want to cultivate the soil so that all of your seeds can grow easily and spread roots quickly. I used a Garden fork for this as it was only a small area.
Step 3: Boxes
Setting up the boxes before the path makes it easier to keep everything square. Do as you wish. Looking back at the diagrams on step 1 drill pilot holes in all of the ends of the 2by4's. Using excess that was cut from scaling down the planks create the blocks which form the corners, making sure they are square, using an engineers square. The wood i picked up was already treated. This makes it usable in the outdoors. Joint all of the boxes, for extra strength you may like to use wood glue in the pilot holes and on the face of the joints.
Once all of the boxes are done lay them out accordingly. To stop them from moving fill them an half inch from the top with compost.
Step 4: Tiles and Paths
Depending on the Shape of your layout cut the tiles accordingly. For a finishing touch I created differnt size tiles to the path. Once all of the tiles have been cut lay them out between the boxes. Having the boxes out already gives you an easy jobs of lineing them up.
Mix up your cement and fill the gaps between each tile using a cement spade. the edges touching the boxes were also filled.
Leave this overnight before stepping on the path again.
Step 5: Planting
Plant what ever you want but make sure its the planting season depending on the seed. A piece of advice, so that bees come and pollinate etc. Plant sweet peas. A flower that gives off a strong sent and attracts the bees because of it and the bright colours.
Some plants can't be picked the first time around for example Rhubarb. so be sure to read up about what you are planting.
Step 6: Waiting....
Wait for your crops to grow and bask in your glory and green-ness!!! Add what you want to make you vegetable patch look awesome, like a bird bath or a fountain!!
So there you have it, a vegetable patch in a weekend. I hope you can do it!!