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Planning Out New Garden Beds

By mcash70
January 31, 2012

Use an old garden hose to shape a new planting bed. You can change the shape until your happy with it, then use landscape paint to mark it and remove the hose, or use landscape staples to keep the hose in place.

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 30, 2012 6:54 PM CST
I like to be able to tweak size and shape even after building a raised bed, so I use movable walls. Concrete paving stones stood on end, leaning in agaunst the soil.

At only $0.95 to $1.30 each, they may even be cheaper than some wood designs. And they couldn't be any permanenter!

3/4" x 8" x 12"
1" x 12" x 12"

By swapping one kind of oaver for another, or stnding the 8x16 ones up "the tall way", I can even change the depth of beds, especially on a slope.

And you can lean them away from the soil to check for and destroy slug eggs, or add or remove a plastic liner to change water retention.
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Jan 30, 2012 9:13 PM CST
Do you have a picture?
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jan 30, 2012 9:48 PM CST
Here's the full "drainage" saga, including several photos of raised bed walls:
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/170442/

I should take another picture after they've been tidied up and made even, but anyway:


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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2012 4:50 AM CST
Good, Rick. I use hoses to "design" some of my beds but do like this idea of yours. Thumbs up
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Jan 31, 2012 10:15 AM CST
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Jan 31, 2012 10:16 AM CST
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tabby
Jan 31, 2012 10:53 AM CST
A hose is a great way to design the shape of a water garden/pond.
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chickadee
Feb 6, 2012 3:34 PM CST
I am waiting for the snow to go away, so I can enlarge a couple of my beds. The garden hose will be the perfect way to tweak the lines until they feel and look just right.
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mcash70
Feb 6, 2012 5:14 PM CST
Kay, I had an area where I wanted to do 3 curved beds, I used 3 hoses so that I could play with the individual shapes until I was happy with the way they all looked together. Big Grin Good luck on your project. Thumbs up

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