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Raised beds after moving

Moving the Herb Bed – 23 April 2016

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Two years ago I built two raised beds, one for the cold frame and the other for herbs. These were placed against the fence, which makes the back of the beds difficult to reach and future maintenance of the fence awkward. In addition, the beds were not level.

Cold Frame Bed (as built)

Cold Frame Bed (as built)
16 March 2016

Herb Bed (as initially planted)

Herb Bed (as initially planted)
28 March 2014

Two years later, with the raised beds built (and moved) for the potatoes and onions (with poly tunnel framework added) – resulting in a dog-leg in the path. Focus turned to the herb bed and cold frame bed. The cold frame had been damaged during high winds over the winter and the herbs had overgrown (and the parsley had died).

Cold Frame (before moving)

Cold Frame (before moving)
23 April 2016

Herb Bed (before moving)

Herb Bed (before moving)
23 April 2016

First to be tackled was the herb bed. The herbs (Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Chives, Sage and Basil) were removed and place is temporary containers.

Herbs in temporary location

Herbs in temporary location
23 April 2016

Using a bulk bag, that top soil had previously been delivered in, the herb bed was emptied. After removing the slabs in front of the bed, the framework was moved away from the fence, in line with the new location.

To avoid too much double handling of the top soil, the soil from cold frame bed was moved into the new herb bed. The herbs was then replanted, after some pruning, and re-organised, following the demise of the parsley.

Focus then turned to the cold frame bed. Firstly, the gravel dressing around the cold frame was removed, then the cold frame itself was removed, confirming that the left side was broken.

Cold frame removed with broken left side.

Cold frame removed with broken left side
23 April 2016

It was then a simple task of removing the remaining soil from the bed (into a second bulk bag) and lifting the slabs in front. The bed was moved and levelled. The bed was filled, firstly using the soil that was previously in the herb bed (as the herb bed was filled from part of the cold frame bed).

Cold Frame Bed (relocated)

Cold Frame Bed (relocated)
23 April 2016

Herb Bed (relocated and replanted)

Herb Bed (relocated and replanted)
23 April 2016

The slabs have been placed in front of the beds, although they will need laying properly in due course. Other work still to be done is purchasing and fitting a new cold frame, and bark laid between the bed and fence.

Back Garden before raised bed moving

Back Garden before raised bed moving
23 April 2016

Raised beds after moving

Raised beds after moving
23 April 2016

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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