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How to make an alpine raised bed – VIDEO

Making a raised alpine bed

This short video (2 mins 20 secs) shows you how to create a raised rockery bed from scratch.

This video shows:

  • Nailing together some thick planks to make the raised bed.
  • Filling with soil.
  • Shaping the soil surface.
  • Splitting a rock and placing it to make the rockery.
  • Planting the alpines (rock plants).
  • Finishing with gravel.

If you want raised bed kits, please see the bottom of this page.

What plants to use in a small raised alpine rockery bed:

These plants would be suitable and wouldn’t take over:

Making a raised alpine bed
Making a raised alpine bed

Here are some kits for making raised beds:

Botanico Let’s Grow Wooden Raised Bed  [1]

Spear & Jackson 1250 x 185mm Raised Bed [1]

Wooden Raised Border For Flower Bed Or Vegetable & Herb Growing 1 Metre Square [1]

Wooden Raised Bed [1]

Selections GF9435 Veg Trough Large Wooden Raised Vegetable Bed Planter [1]

[1] These are Amazon affiliate links.
This means I will get a fraction of the cost if you purchase it.

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How to plant a flower border – VIDEO

How to plant a border, marking out the bed

This 2 minute video at the bottom of this page, shows you some tips to planting up a flower bed.

If the area has perennial weeds in it, like couch grass, nettles, thistles, docks. creeping buttercup, etc then the easiest and most effective way is to spray it with a weedkiller like Roundup which is not a really nasty chemical.
If you don’t want to use any chemicals, then every bit of root will have to be picked out while you are digging.

How to plant a border, marking out the bed
How to plant a border

The video covers:

  • Using soil improver (our local Council tip sells it – made from the green waste we throw away) which is much more environment friendly than using peat based ones.
  • Digging the bed.
  • Marking out the area with canes into one metre squares and following a plan.
  • Planting – remembering to separate the roots to enable them to quickly grow into the new soil.
  • Covering with gravel (or ornamental bark).