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...

Step 1: Gathering the Rods

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

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.

Step 3: Choose Form and Function, Then Start Weaving


After supplying some thick, straight sticks, that will serve as frame for our elevated bed (or fence), you have to choose the size and form of your woven something: The lenght of the sticks defines the height, the distance and position the form and size of the bed (or fence). As I already said, it might be a bit more difficult to weave a straight fence, since you loose some firmness, if you weave linearly.

Then start to weave the rods. I do not know, if there are any special tricks - I just tried to start the weaving of every new rod with one stick after the other. As you can see, I also used some thin bamboo sticks, since I had not enough stong ones. But never the less, the bed is quite solid. Probably these thin sticks will make the elevated bed lasting not as long as it could using only thick sticks... But that I only assume.

Step 4: Finish Weaving and Arrange You Elevated Flower Bed


When you reach the height, you wish to have. you can finish your weaving by braiding the ends of your rods into the tracery. My rods were mainly too thick to do so  - and I also decided, that it looks quite fine for me (actually I was pretty proud ;-). I then furnished the tracery on the inside with a special garden canvas, that let water diffuse from the insight to the outsight, but no roots etc.

Then I was ready to start my elevated flower bed: You start with some branches, than add some garden waste, some compost and some good mulch...

Step 5: Seed and Plant


Thus I was quite in time to seed my vegetables in April: carrots, beetroot, green squash and pumpkins - which then went into my nice elevated flower bed in the middle of May...

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    Lovely Greens

    1 year ago

    This project has been lifted from instructables and republished on this site: http://diyprojects.ideas2live4.com/2016/01/13/how-to-make-a-wattle-raised-garden-bed/

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    clubjen

    2 years ago

    I love this! But how do you stabilize the frame sticks?

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    ReWalter

    3 years ago

    Really nice, I will use it for my compost

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    cenache

    3 years ago

    Thanks for saying you are german at the very beginning. I read the entire thing in german accent

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    Nabiel

    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    momoluv

    3 years ago

    Really good instructable!

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    dogsgomoo

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    ABAUM08dogsgomoo

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I would love to see pics of your living hedge now! Three more years after your comment putting it at around 8 years going and must be beautiful!

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    adial1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Just what I was looking for ..thank you so very much

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    ragtimelil

    5 years ago on Step 5

    This is a great idea! I'm going to try a small one.Thanks for the idea!

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    Lisa2stewart

    6 years ago on Step 2

    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?

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    ikoglinLisa2stewart

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 2

    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...

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    Lisa2stewart

    6 years ago on Step 4

    Very attractive, and simple. Also I love the usage of what might become trash.

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    Drakekay

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    bree.jay

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Looks absolutely beautiful! Love all the different shades of branches. Will definitely have to try this myself, thanks for the instructable!

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    Graceanne

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    ikoglinGraceanne

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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...