Gardening for Life!

Sample Model B

Model B:  Wooden Garden Beds Large Garden Year 1 Construction

The South Garden: Community Crop Society

Low-rise wooden raised garden beds with tarpaulin under footpaths and sod removal

1.   Call Alberta One Call in advance.

2.   Arrange order of wood cut to specific lengths, garden mix soil and footpath materials.

3.   Construct the wooden frames for the garden beds ahead of the build day.

4.  Purchase weed barrier material.

5.  Book a bobcat and trained operator.

6.  Rent a sod cutter.

7.   Mark out the perimeter of the garden

8.   Remove sod with sod cutter.

9.   Have a plan for berm gardens made out of sod turned upside down, covered with  loam and planted with perennials.

10. Have lots of strong volunteers to build the berm gardens.

11. Order extra soil to cover the berm gardens.

12.  Place very large tarpaulins or nonwoven landscape weed barrier fabric on the ground with overlaps.  Secure into the ground.

13.  Construct wooden garden beds with screws and braces for corners and mid-sections.

14. Place the completed garden beds according to the garden drawing measurements.

15. Measuring carefully so footpath areas are wide enough for a wheel barrow to travel and for 2 gardeners to be comfortable working at beds on either side of a footpath. 

16. Cut the tarpaulin within the beds in an "X", bring it up & staple to the inside of the bed to protect the wood from moisture & to permit drainage to the ground below within the garden bed.

17. Set up the accessible gardening areas so that a gardener in a wheelchair, walker, scooter or lawn chair can move and turn around easily to get water, tools and supplies.

18.  Accessible pathway material here needs to be firm so wheels can roll easily.  You may wish to use tamped down powdered rock Trail Mix over a bed of weed barrier and gravel for drainage. (Woodchip mulch is not satisfactory for accessible footpaths.)

19. Fill garden beds with loam that has a minimum of 25% compost.

20.  Place a minimum of 4 inches wood chip mulch on pathways between garden beds.  Each year this will be added to because the wood chip mulch will break down naturally.