Have you ever dreamed of having a terraced garden? It is a place where one can enjoy the beauty of nature and refresh themselves with the beauty of water as it trickles down from one level to another. Here is an idea for you that will make your terraced garden even more private and also protect your plants from harsh sunlight.
What we need:
1) Spindly wooden posts (100cm long, 15mm diameter or similar), eight pieces
2) Galvanized wire (approx 1m in length per post)
3) Duct tape
4) Thin plywood sheets (5-10mm thick, cut them into strips 5cm wide) This is to prevent the soil eroding away after it has rained5) Metal sheets (cut them to fit the lengths and width of your posts)
6) 3-4mm thick, 50cm wide tree trunks (the number will depend on the length and size of your garden)
7) Wood glue
8. Clear Nails or screws (whatever is more sturdy for your wooden planks and metal sheets)
9) Electric Saw / Jigsaw / Circular saw
11. Drill with drill bits (depends on what you are using for wood screws or nails, but should be around 3-5mm in diameter). Get angle brackets instead if you think it’s too hard to drill holes directly into the wood.
12.) Pliers / Screwdriver
13.) Sandpaper (not necessary, but helps with smoothing out rough edges)
Make sure the place where you are going to put your garden is level. It wouldn’t look nice if one side were higher than the other – it would ruin the effect of a terraced garden. Also, the area should be exposed to sunlight for at least 6 hours a day and not more than 8 hours a day.
This will depend on what plants you have in your garden and how much sunlight they need. The space should also be away from buildings because buildings will block out the sun too much, making it harder for your plants to grow.
Once you have made sure that the area is level and no buildings are blocking the sunlight, follow step 1 again just to be sure. This will prevent any problems for later on in the steps. You can now lay out your wooden planks to form a square or rectangle.
The length of the planks should depend on how big your garden will be and how big each terrace will be (you always want them to look proportional) – approx 50cm. Before you begin attaching your planks together with glue, make sure that they are all perfectly aligned from top to bottom and from left to right so that once you connect them, it won’t show gaps between each plank where light can get light through.
Once you have ensured that your planks are all aligned, you can now start attaching them with wood glue. If the wooden planks feel too wobbly and weak to hold by themselves, you can use either hammer in thin (1cm – 2cm thick) plywood strips at both ends of the plank or angle brackets (which I highly recommend).
You’ll want to make sure that these ‘supports’ don’t show up when looking at each level from above. If it’s not possible to avoid this, then at least try and sand them down so that they look like they’ve been there for a while and won’t be readily noticeable. Some may argue that nails would be better than screws because they are easily removable. Unfortunately, having used both nails and screws in the past, there are times when I have needed to remove parts that were nailed or screwed together because they just wouldn’t line up when trying to put them back together.
There’s no way you can get a hammer in between two planks of wood if you need to hammer in some nails again once it is all dried. Avoid this problem at ALL COSTS by using wood glue! Once it has dried (depending on the climate where you live), your base should be sturdy enough for future steps to take place.
Once the wooden posts are done, you’ll want to cover them with wire mesh so that rodents can’t chew away at them for their food supply. You can either buy wire mesh that is perforated with tiny holes or homemade chicken wire.
Cut the wire to size using a saw. Do not cut it too short because you will need to fold the ends over onto themselves to prevent cutting your vegetables when planting/harvesting them in the future! Also, make sure that any sharp edges are sanded down so that you won’t get any nasty cuts when working with it later on. Once this is done, you’ll want to bend the sides of each plank so they will be at an angle toward you (you can just use your hands if you don’t have pliers).
This will provide support for each level once the soil has been placed into them. If there are gaps between each plank, you will want to cover them with plastic sheets or wood planks that are not long enough to form another terrace.
Now that the base is ready, you can now start filling it up one level at a time with soil. Make sure that when each layer is filled, it is perfectly even, so your plants don’t lean to one side or another and get damaged because of too much sunlight or shade on one particular area. Once this step is done, you can move on to the next step.
Now that all levels of your terraced garden have been filled with soil, you’ll want to put some kind of mesh over it so weeds can’t get into your garden. You’ll want to make sure that this mesh is not too flimsy.
Either buy woven wire fencing or bend the chicken wire over the top of each level until you have covered most of it nicely. If any gaps appear, just put some pieces of wooden planks to cover them up with 3cm space between each plank where they overlap (if using wood), so they don’t look like they are attached together at all.
Now that the final layer has been finished, you’ll want to install some kind of support structure for your plants to grow on, either by hammering in thin metal bars across your garden or sticking bamboo sticks into the earth and placing string along each stick lengthways.
You can then tie these strings onto eye hooks that have been hammered in at each end of this garden. Also, make sure that the distance from your plants to the edge isn’t too great because you’ll need to collect and pick your vegetables easily.
Make sure that there is a gap of around 10cm – 15cm between plants and edges so they can get enough sunlight while not getting damaged by winds, rains, or pests!
After all of these steps have been done, just start planting your seeds. Good plants for such gardens include lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and herbs such as coriander, parsley, and marigolds. Wait patiently until it’s harvest time (which should be about two months) once everything has grown!
Now pour yourself a relaxing drink and enjoy the fruits of your labor as the sun goes down.