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Weave your own elevated flower bed

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First of all: please excuse, if my english is some kind of funny - I am german ;-). But let's start with how you can weave your own elevated flower bed ... or fence. You can easily use this technique for other things too. I'd also like to mention, that this is the first time, that I've woven something like that. This confirms that it is really pretty simple. You should only be aware, that it is more difficult to weave something which is linear, since it is not so solid. So if you like to do a fence, you might want to make it meandering...
 
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Step 1: Gathering the rods

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First of all you have to collect the rods. You can use willow of course. But dogwoods looks very nice too (I hope, this is the correct word  - I also found the expressions "cornel" and "cornus"). Mind that the rods should be flexible and long enough. And that they have an diameter of app. 1 to 2 centimeters (0,4 to 06 inch). It looks very pretty, if you collect rods of different colors.

And please keep in mind, that the best time to cut the rods is January. Plus: you must not cut them after Febuary, because it then damages the plant. I was lucky, because I found a big pile of cut rods near my house. So maybe you also want to watch out for landscapers, that do some park cleaning in the spring...

Step 2: Soak your roods

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To make the rods smooth and flexible, you should soak them at least one night. As you can see, I simply used our garden pond to do so. If you have none, you can also use a rain barrel - or you bath tub.
ragtimelil1 year ago
This is a great idea! I'm going to try a small one.Thanks for the idea!
It is quite a lot of sticks, do you think it is important to have them close in size, or can they be different sizes and lengths?
ikoglin (author)  Lisa2stewart2 years ago
Hi LIsa, I used sticks that were very different in size and length. So: Yes, you can do that easily! You just have to make sure, that the sticks are long enough to be stuck between the vertical sticks, through wich you weave the whole stuff...
Very attractive, and simple. Also I love the usage of what might become trash.
Drakekay2 years ago
This is Super Cool!!!! :D and that Garden room you saw in the park, WOW! I have a grape garden and the cordons from those would be an excellent alternative to tree twigs. Muscadine grape vines tend to grow to almost 100 feet long under perfect conditions. Wow, I'm sooo gonna make myself a garden room, might take a few years. :D
bree.jay3 years ago
Looks absolutely beautiful! Love all the different shades of branches. Will definitely have to try this myself, thanks for the instructable!
dogsgomoo3 years ago
Really cool! I never thought of doing this and I always have so many long thin branches around.

I have been weaving a living hedge in our garden for about 5 years now to form a living privacy screen. It takes time, patience, planning and a bit of luck but it's coming along well now.
Graceanne3 years ago
That came out really nice. I especially like the variety of colors that you used. I wonder if this will work with forsythia branches; I've got tons of them here that I could work with.
ikoglin (author)  Graceanne3 years ago
Hey Graceanne, I think it depends on what you like to do. For a elevated flower bed like this, forsythia branches are probably too thin I guess...
Yeah, I'd say you're probably right. Maybe I can just make something decorative with the thin branches and just place a planter inside. I'm stoked now, I really want to try this!
Guter Arbeit, schön gemacht. nice work, good implementation
clear and understandable instructable.
you have a beautiful pond, and now a beautiful weave! :) danke schoen! :D - now you need to make a garden room!!! :D (i saw this at a park)
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ikoglin (author)  kristylynn843 years ago
oh wow - what a good idea... And I thought I would start bee-keeping ;-)
ikoglin (author) 3 years ago
Cool - thank you guys, I am overwhelmed by this great feedback ;-)
yessss, a green house made of wood. you would make it very beautiful, love your ideas!
foobear3 years ago
I wish I had a bath tube! hee hee! =)
ChrysN3 years ago
That looks really nice!
Kiteman3 years ago
That's a really nice project.