We needed to terrace the ground into level ‘steppes’ or build raised beds for the garden vegetable plots in order to keep the valuable soil and amendments in place. Building raised beds was a better solution because they held together for years and required no maintenance. Building the raised beds over uneven, sloping ground was another matter.
So some of the bed sides need to be tapered to fit the ground contour, which makes the carpentry a bit more complex. Below is my current favorite system for building a raised garden bed with tapered sides.
Raised Bed On A Slope: How To Do It Right
Thankfully, building a raised bed on a slope is an option, and there are multiple ways to do it! But a level raised bed can help with many different things. You want your bed to have an even distribution of soil moisture, so a level bed is best for that.
As rain hits a non-level raised bed, another thing can be unevenly distributed: your growing medium itself. Wooden Raised BedsThe corner posts can act as stakes to hold the raised bed in place.
How to build an Organic Raised Bed on a Sloped Yard
Now that we had the “beauty” part of the yard covered it was time to add some function by adding a raised bed kitchen garden. The next day we got busy with the construction of our two tiered raised bed. Here is a great graphic I found for the traditional look of a sloped raised bed.
This joinery below will become the front and the sides of the raised bed box. Because the raised bed is rather deep, we filled the bottom of the box with leaves and topped it with newspaper.
How to Create a Vegetable Garden on a Slope
Planning a Terraced Vegetable GardenBecause water always runs downhill, it is always best to stabilize a slope with reinforced beds that run across the slope. Raised Beds for a Sloping Vegetable GardenBuilding a terraced vegetable garden is basically making raised beds on a slope, and it’s important to start at the bottom and work your way up. The frames or low walls used to stabilize a terraced vegetable garden can be made from many different materials, including those discussed below.
Logs and untreated boards need replacing every few years, but this is part of their value in a terraced vegetable garden. By midsummer, the structure that underpins a terraced vegetable garden disappears as it is overrun by exuberant plants. .
How To Build a Raised Garden Bed (DIY)
Introduction Build a raised garden bed from natural rough-cut stone that blends perfectly into the landscape. Brick Raised Garden Beds OverviewRaised bed and gardenFamily HandymanThe stone wall and flagstone path blend perfectly into a lush garden setting. If one of your family members loves plants and flowers, why not build this raised bed? You can use these techniques to build a raised garden bed of any shape and size.
Plan your raised garden bedStart by marking the planter outline on the ground, using a rope or garden hose. .
Seeking advice on building brick raised garden bed on slope
My husband I are are attempting to build a raised garden bed out of decorative brick. Our yard is quite sloped at the end (you can get a reference in the photos from the slope of the fence). What was intended to be a 12 inch high bed at the flat end of the yard, has turned into quite a tall wall at the sloped end.
We did a great job of building a level, in not entirely straight wall last weekend. However, we are now concerned that the wall will topple over once it is filled with the weight of settling dirt.