Building the Patio Raised Bed

Building the Patio Raised Bed

In this video, I show how I’ve built my L-shaped patio raised bed using 47x150mm planks. Also, how I’ve lined it and filled it with a mixture of compost, farmyard manure, and topsoil.

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  1. The Essex Allotment - Farm on December 26, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Another informative video. Good work!

  2. livsto on December 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Do you work alone, where is your husband?

  3. hallieshouse13 on December 26, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    May I ask where you got the timber from and what it is?, is it treated with anything or did you seal it yourself?. I’m looking to make some beds for my garden, also. Great project!. Looking forward to seeing what you do next. I’m just at the beginnings of doing my garden up in Brighton.

  4. Craig Beas on December 26, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Will be well worth it love the cat try citris to stop them

  5. Blackberry Lane Ceramics on December 26, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    My grandmother used to put cayenne pepper in her garden bed to keep cats out🥵

  6. Apache Moonshine23 on December 26, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    To keep cars out of the beds use bottled water. Keep the water in a clear 2L bottle. Not shore how it works but growing on that’s all I ever seen in people’s gardens in iom. Try it for a month see if it works as every garden growing up had them to keep cars out so must work. Im a gardener / greenskeeper by trade an still see this today. Good luck

  7. TheChristina Jo on December 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Wow! You got a lot of work done! Great job! Instead of a cuppa tea, I would have had a hot bath and a glass of wine😉

  8. DJMovit on December 26, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I’d loved to have you guys as neighbors! Looking great so far!
    I have no tips on the kitty issue!

  9. Seán FitzSimons on December 26, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Amazing work Tanya. That is going to look fantastic.

  10. Judy H on December 26, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Cats don’t like smelly plants. Try lavender, marigolds, etc.

  11. Gigi on December 26, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Wow. If you were here, you could make a lot of money selling the crocrosmia. I have purchased it several times over the years and they aren’t cheap and they haven’t been particularly hardy so I still don’t have any perennialized in my garden. Too much of anything, right? 🙂 however I know your plans for the bed will be fantastic, and, super impressed with the raised bed you built.

  12. Sue Gilmore on December 26, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Open soil is an invitation for kitties–for sure. I’ve found that mulching my beds deters them. I use natural hardwood mulch in perennial beds and grass clippings in the veg beds.

  13. E Flores on December 26, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I recently fell in love with crocosmias on a vacation on the western side of Michigan last summer. I have been unable to find them in any of my local garden centers and have bought seeds online. I cannot bring myself to pay $5 a bulb for them. It breaks my heart to see you toss them away!

    Congratulations though! The garden looks wonderful. It’s such an exciting time to create a garden from scratch.

  14. Linda Witherspoon on December 26, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Wow. Looks great. You go girl! I’m very impressed. Well, good luck keeping cats out. Mine just walked on some young radish seedlings. Arg!! They are so curious.

  15. Jerry Hogkiller on December 26, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    looking good you should do well this year, good luck!

  16. Tawana Jeffries on December 26, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    The advice I was offered was to add clean cracked egg shells because they won’t like the feel and it will keep the slugs away from your plants also. I was also told you could take plastic forks and place them throughout with the tines up to keep all wildlife from trampling . I’ve also purchased catnip seed to create a separate more cat friendly environment for those outdoor cats of the neighborhood. I’ve been trying to research ways to deter the rabbits who live in my back garden from eating everything. I haven’t read anything odor wise to deter cats but rodents are adverse to garlic and other strong odors. Several Gardner’s suggest grating Irish Spring soap to place along the outside borders of your garden to deter wildlife. I do know the plastic fork suggestion deters the squirrels from using my planters as hiding places. Best of luck! You’ve done a lot of work thus far.

  17. Steven Dowden on December 26, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    looks great

  18. Charlotte Willis on December 26, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    We have many cats in our neighborhood and our experience has been while raised beds are not planted cats like to use but once veggies are planted and put mulch down they do not bother anymore. Good Luck.

  19. Ice Castles on December 26, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    For the time being… you can place stainless steel forks (dinner forks) in the soil to keep the cats out. It sounds unpleasant but, they get the drift real fast about where to put their sweet feet. Straight up and possibly pounded out flat. Thrift stores have a gazillion.

  20. Simon Shepherd on December 26, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Lot of juggling between the allotment and your own place or has the allotment taken a step back on your time ?

  21. Linda Bullock on December 26, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Great job! I love it! I have just found out myself how expensive it is to fill a garden bed! Bulk delivery is definitely the best way to go. Love your channel and you.

  22. Spongey Astronaut on December 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve just found your youtube channel and have been binge watching your videos while working from home! Oh my. I’m addicted! It’s a young, female Monty Don and I couldn’t feel more inspired!

  23. Richard on December 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    To get rid of cats get a dog
    Seriously though great looking raised beds thanks

  24. Ergo Pehtla on December 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    I heard form many people they are using coffee grounds to repel cats. Same time it is good fertilizer for at least roses 🙂 I personally have no experience with that so can not confirm it but worth to try i guess.

  25. o00oZu1o00o on December 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    The bed looks cool, with its thick boards and its custom shape that fits right in.
    What I would have done differently (actually, what I have done differently, as I built mine about the same way as you did) :

    coat it in linseed oil + 1/5 V/V turpentine
    then do it again a day or two later
    then coat the inside with melted pine tar + charcoal powder (yes it will smell awful, but only for a couple of days)
    then staple geotextile fabric on the inside

    This way they last many years more, you don’t want to rebuild them every 5-7 years do you?

  26. Janna Vozar on December 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    A small cat garden can help. I have a raised sunning 2’x10′ board with cat friendly plants like catnip.

  27. the only garden goddess 2020 on December 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Tanya
    What about growing a patch of catnip, and also having a sort of dry cleared area of dirt in a sunny place for your cats to nap and roll in. Until plants get established you can cover plants with chicken wire. Good Luck!

  28. Víctor González on December 26, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Cats are taking over. Everything you own is now theirs. Any resistance is futile, Tanya.

  29. Robin Miller on December 26, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Orange peels work well as a cat scat.

  30. Taith Macerca on December 26, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Certainly is a transformation. Good work!

  31. irina iv on December 26, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I would like to get all your’s crocosmia! 🙂 Here in Norway, this grown not so god. 🙁 But I love this so much!

  32. Keith Silva on December 26, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Crocosmia is nice in small amounts. Trouble is, it grows into large amounts fairly fast. Good luck.

  33. The Enduring Gardener on December 26, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Dash I guessed wrong – you’re ahead of me, need to get my act together and get the greenhouse cleaned. Good job on those beds.

  34. Horace Kemp on December 26, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Patio is looking good. Filling raised beds as filled as you can is a good tip. They will settle and drop below the raised edge. Yeah cats love to leave gifts in the garden soil usually right after a planting! Best advice is cover any loose soil with a barrier. Looks good to have a helper when doing a project. It’s never easy working alone. Maybe instead of plain one color paint do the wall with a stencil or something jazzy like that. If you art maybe a painted scene of some sort. Your weather looks so good. Its getting there for us. Few more weeks I’ll be digging soil.cheers Happy St Patrick’s day to you

  35. Serenity Edible Garden on December 26, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    You could fill the raised beds with branches and twigs and any non invasive garden waste that you have. This will bulk it out so you don’t need to put as much soil in, which will save you money. The garden waste will just break down over time and the branches will retain water as they break down. Similar to a Hugelkultur bed.

  36. Jackie Horsley on December 26, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    I love your raised beds on the patio I would say the only thing you could do to keep the cats out of your beds Is cover them up until your able to plant In them I think once there full of plants they should stay out and yes I agree use pebbles and mulch well

  37. Zerrin Ekinci on December 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Use the leaves of your holly tree .. The cats cant walk or sit on them and leave that patch…😀

  38. Myeloman on December 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Is the wood you used treated in any way? I’m fortunate in that I have redwood readily available and not too terribly expensive here in California, but I see a lot of people using treated wood and it always makes me sort of cringe.

    As for the cats, my suggestion is probably not the most popular but, dogs. Now before anyone starts hating on me, I live in a housing tract and there are not only neighbor cats of all shapes and sizes but feral too. One has taken to living in our back yard and once the raised beds are done and the dogs are allowed back in there I expect it will no longer be in the garden. I am building this stray/feral a house to live in and it has access to my water fountain out front, and if I can feed it without attracting the wandering urban raccoons and opossums I will. We try to keep cats and dogs that get along with each other so they know one another as "family", or pack siblings, and have even seen one of our cats come sprinting home with another stranger cat hot on his heels. Once he made it safely into our fenced in yard our dogs made it clear whatever beef the stranger cat had with him ended at the fence. So, I don’t see dogs as a deterrent as being mean to cats, so long as it is applied with these things in mind.

  39. mike smith 1 on December 26, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Looks like your starting from scratch the same as me 😎🇬🇧😍 oh boy is it hard work/£££ but just keep saying to yourself it’ll be worth it in the end 👍😍 I’ve not done any vids on my channel about my journey, but you can see them on my Instagram (mikesup1).
    I learnt a valuable lesson (in more ways than one) get all your stuff just after Xmas….. There always discounting garden composts/wood/equipment etc etc then as no ones buying it ??? I got compost in bulk bags at half the price there at now, and look for reclaimed wood guards I saved a fortune on that for my fences an semi raised beds.
    Have fun doing it, as its fantastic to sit back a say "wow I did all that ??"…. Bring on the veg now 😎😎😎

  40. MeerKatDai on December 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Could try coffee granules or used coffee grounds to keep the cats at bay

  41. barb smyth on December 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    i just knew you’d make something magical out of those patio beds…and geez, those cats…i laugh because my yard seems to be the public toilet for all animals large and small…one day it’s a pile of moose poop…next day it’s the bear…the flowers in the back yard are dotted with deer droppings… too funny…thank you again for sharing the garden renovation…spring is coming…yay

  42. Angela Haworth on December 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    You created one giant litter tray for the cats, lol.
    I love cats, I have 3 of my own and several visitors and don’t want to stop them coming in my garden where I know they are safe. What I do is to make there own little patch of soft turned over soil to use. On the areas I don’t want them to go I use twigs stuck in the ground and refrain from turning the soil.

  43. Dolly Perry on December 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Lovely project! As far as cats go it’s a combination of things. #1 don’t have open soil..mulch everything well. #2 Rocks work well for containers. Just cover the soil with pebbles and it deters them. #3 There is a sprinkler that is motion sensing and you can set that up if the situation warrants it.

  44. Suffolk Susie on December 26, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Great job! Looks fabulous. Just sit back a bit now and dream of the possibilities. Thanks for sharing . Love it

  45. Holly's Simple Life on December 26, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Such a cute kitty. Your raised bed is so nice. I can’t wait to see the growing plants.

  46. What We Do on December 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    That’s was quite a project! Here in Canada we mostly keep our cats inside, our kitty Molly loves to look out the window at the little birdies and squirrels she would like to be their friend, they could even come for dinner 🍴!


  47. Anina Vencedor on December 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Great job! Looking forward to seeing it all planted up! 🙂 Are you going to cut into the fabric when planting the fruit trees or do they have enough room for their roots in the raised bed?

  48. Лера В on December 26, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    OMG, what a huge amount of work done by a woman herself! Tanya, I wonder if you have Russian "roots"? Your determination and reasonable approach looks familiar ))

  49. Natural Beauty on December 26, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Do you have any advice on planting a raised bed on top of a concrete slab? My boys use to use the slab to play basketball on but I would like to grow food on it instead of it just sitting empty now that they don’t use that space anymore. Thanks.

  50. Wilbur jones on December 26, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    nice job. I’m hoping to do some raised beds myself soon. I hear ostriches are good at keeping cats away. You should get one for your back garden.

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