Have you ever fantasized about having a garden with stepped levels? It is a place where one can relax and take in the splendour of nature while also taking in the soothing sights and sounds of water as it cascades down from one level to the next. I have an idea to help you make your terraced garden even more private while shielding your plants from the damaging effects of direct sunlight. Here it is.
What we require is:
1) Eight pieces of spindly wooden posts that are 100 centimetres long and have a diameter of 15 millimetres or similar.
2) Wire that has been galvanized (approximately 1 meter in length per post)
3) Rolls of duct tape
4) Thin sheets of plywood that are between 5 and 10 millimetres thick are cut into strips that are 5 centimetres wide. This is to prevent the soil from washing away after it has rained.
5) Sheets made of metal (cut them to fit the lengths and widths of your posts)
6) Tree trunks that are 3–4 mm thick and 50 cm wide (the number will depend on the length and size of your garden).
7) Wood glue
8) Make sure any nails or screws are clear (whichever is more sturdy for your wooden planks and metal sheets).
9) Electric saw, jigsaw, or circular saw (optional)
11) Drill with the appropriate drill bits (depends on what you are using for wood screws or nails, but they should be around 3-5 mm in diameter). If you think it will be too difficult to drill holes directly into the wood, you should consider purchasing angle brackets instead.
12) Pliers or Screwdrivers
13) Sandpaper (not necessary, but helps with smoothing out rough edges.
Check to see that the ground is level at the location where you intend to plant your garden. If one side were higher than the other, it would give the impression that the garden was terraced, which is an unattractive visual effect. In addition, the location should be illuminated by natural light for a minimum of six hours per day and no more than eight hours per day.
This will be determined by the types of plants you have in your garden as well as the amount of sunlight each plant requires. In addition, there should be some distance between the space and any nearby buildings. This is because nearby buildings will cast too much shade on the area, making it more difficult for your plants to thrive.
Repeat step 1 even after you’ve established that the land in question is flat and that no structures obstruct the view of the sky. Because of this, there won’t be any problems further along in the steps. It is now possible to arrange your wooden planks in the shape of a square or rectangle.
The length of the planks should be approximately fifty centimetres, but this will vary depending on the size of your garden and the size of each terrace (you want them to look proportional at all times). Make sure that all of your planks are perfectly aligned from top to bottom and from left to right before you start glueing them together. This will ensure that once the planks are connected, there are no gaps between them that allow light to pass through.
After you have checked that all of your planks are properly aligned, you can then begin using wood glue to attach the planks to one another. If the wooden planks appear to be too unstable and feeble to hold by themselves, you have the option of either nailing thin strips of plywood with a thickness of one to two centimetres to both ends of the plank or using angle brackets (which I highly recommend).
When examining each level from above, you won’t want to see any of these “supports,” so double-check that they aren’t there. If this cannot be avoided, you should at least make an effort to sand them down so that they appear as though they have been there for some time and are not easily noticeable. Some people may argue that nails are preferable to screws due to the fact that they can be removed more easily.
Due to the fact that I have experience working with both nails and screws, there have been occasions when I have been forced to disassemble something that had been nailed or screwed together because the pieces simply would not align with one another when I attempted to reassemble them.
If you need to hammer some nails in again after it has dried completely, you will not be able to get a hammer in between the two planks of wood because there is no way. Utilizing wood glue will allow you to avoid this issue at ALL COSTS! After it has dried (the amount of time it takes to dry will depend on the climate where you live), your base should be robust enough for the subsequent steps to be carried out.
When you are finished with the wooden posts, you will want to cover them with wire mesh so that rodents cannot gnaw on them to obtain food. This will prevent the rodents from destroying the posts. You have the option of either purchasing wire mesh that is already perforated with small holes or making your own chicken wire.
Utilizing a saw, I cut the wire to the appropriate length. Do not cut it too short because you will need to fold the ends over onto themselves in the future so that you do not accidentally cut your vegetables when you are planting or harvesting them if you do! Also, make sure that any edges that are particularly jagged are smoothed out with sandpaper so that you won’t injure yourself when working with them in the future. After you have completed this step, you will need to use pliers or your hands to bend the sides of each plank so that they are angled toward you. If you do not have pliers, you can use your hands instead.
After the soil has been inserted into each level, this will serve to provide support for those levels. In the event that there are spaces between each plank, you will need to cover them using plastic sheets or wood planks that are not long enough to form another terrace.
Now that the foundation is finished, you can begin layering soil into it, working your way up one level at a time. Make certain that each layer is perfectly level once it is filled. This will prevent your plants from leaning to one side or another and becoming damaged as a result of an excessive amount of sunlight or shade falling on a specific area. After you have completed this step, you will be able to proceed to the next step.
If you want to prevent weeds from growing in your terraced garden after all of the levels have been filled with soil, you will need to cover the soil with some kind of mesh and then place it over the garden. Before using it, you’ll want to check that this mesh isn’t too thin and delicate.
Either invest in woven wire fencing or bend the chicken wire over the top of each level until you have nicely covered the majority of it. If there are any gaps, just put some pieces of wooden planks to cover them up. Leave a space of three centimetres between each plank where they overlap (if using wood), so it doesn’t look like they are attached together in any way.
After you have completed the last layer, you will need to construct some kind of support structure for your plants to grow on. You can do this by hammering in thin metal bars across your garden or by driving bamboo sticks into the ground and tying string along the length of each stick.
After that, you can secure these strings by hooking them onto the eye hooks that have been hammered into place at both ends of this garden. Because you’ll need to be able to easily collect and pick your vegetables, you should also make sure that the distance between your plants and the edge of the bed is not too great.
Make sure there is a space of about 10 to 15 centimetres between each plant and the edge of the bed so that the plants can get adequate sunlight without being harmed by the elements (wind, rain, or pests)!
After completing all these steps, you can immediately begin planting your seeds. Plants like lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and herbs like coriander, parsley, and marigolds make excellent additions to these types of gardens. After everything has grown, you will need to be patient and wait until it is time to harvest (which should be in about two months).
As the sun begins to set, please relax with a beverage of your choice and take pleasure in the results of your hard work.