Raised gardens are great for growing plants and vegetables, especially for beginner gardeners. They are easy to maintain, they have superior drainage and make for an attractive landscape. For beginner gardeners, a raised garden is a true 'holy grail.' There is no bending over to harvest vegetables or to pull out weeds. Here are a few tips to help your build your first brick wall garden.
Choose a brick that blends perfectly into your landscape
Bricks are readily available in a wide range of styles that will best suit your landscape. Other than looks, choose a material that will survive well in continually wet elements.
Planning is key
Even though a small garden might seem like a small construction project, planning is the key to a successful project. Make sure everything is mapped out and properly labelled. Double check your measurements and even go other everything twice. Remember, cutting corners will lead to miscalculations or even placing materials in the wrong place.
Proper drainage is essential
Water drainage is essential for the optimum function of a raised garden. Installing a proper drainage in a raised bed guarantees an extended life of the brick wall surrounding it. With time, lack of proper drainage will only lead to weaknesses on the base of your garden and even wear away the soil under your bricks. A proper drainage guarantees a longer life for your brick wall and the proper water flow in and out of your garden.
Stack end bricks first
Laying the bricks in a seemingly attractive pattern is the toughest part of building a raised garden. But this is because many beginner gardeners don't always know where to start. Once you begin building your wall, place the two end bricks to guide you when laying the remaining courses of bricks. Make sure both bricks are flat to guarantee the rest of your wall blends in seamlessly.
Conduct regular level checks
As you lay the remaining bricks, make sure you conduct frequent level checks throughout the building process. Make sure each layer is straight and aligned to prevent leaning or tipping. Apply extra pressure on raised bricks to get them to level with the others.
Fill your raised bed with soil
You can now fill your bed with quality potting soil and level the surface using a rake for a smooth finish. Your garden is now ready for some lettuce, cucumbers and a few flowers to give character to your landscape.