Weave Your Own Elevated Flower Bed

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Introduction: Weave Your Own Elevated Flower Bed


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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    30 Comments

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    ikoglin
    ikoglin

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool - thank you guys, I am overwhelmed by this great feedback ;-)

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    larry9247
    larry9247

    Reply 11 months ago

    Guy down the street has a huge stand of bamboo. I’m going to see if he’ll let me have some to weave a compost bin. Great idea. Thanks.

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    kristylynn84
    kristylynn84

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yessss, a green house made of wood. you would make it very beautiful, love your ideas!

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    Lovely Greens
    Lovely Greens

    3 years 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
    clubjen

    4 years ago

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

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    ReWalter
    ReWalter

    5 years ago

    Really nice, I will use it for my compost

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    cenache
    cenache

    5 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
    Nabiel

    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    momoluv
    momoluv

    5 years ago

    Really good instructable!

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    dogsgomoo
    dogsgomoo

    9 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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    ABAUM08
    ABAUM08

    Reply 5 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
    adial1

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    ragtimelil
    ragtimelil

    7 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
    Lisa2stewart

    8 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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    ikoglin
    ikoglin

    Reply 8 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
    Lisa2stewart

    8 years ago on Step 4

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

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    Drakekay
    Drakekay

    9 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