Sample Model B
Model B: Wooden Garden Beds Large Garden Year
The South Garden: Community Crop Society
Low-rise wooden raised garden beds with tarpaulin under footpaths
and sod removal
1. Call Alberta One Call in advance.
2. Arrange order of wood cut to specific lengths, garden
mix soil and footpath materials.
3. Construct the wooden frames for the garden beds ahead of
the build day.
4. Purchase weed barrier material.
5. Book a bobcat and trained operator.
6. Rent a sod cutter.
7. Mark out the perimeter of the garden
8. Remove sod with sod cutter.
9. Have a plan for berm gardens made out of sod turned
upside down, covered with loam and planted with
10. Have lots of strong volunteers to build the berm gardens.
11. Order extra soil to cover the berm gardens.
12. Place very large tarpaulins or nonwoven landscape weed
barrier fabric on the ground with overlaps. Secure into the
13. Construct wooden garden beds with screws and braces for
corners and mid-sections.
14. Place the completed garden beds according to the garden
15. Measuring carefully so footpath areas are wide enough for a
wheel barrow to travel and for 2 gardeners to be comfortable
working at beds on either side of a footpath.
16. Cut the tarpaulin within the beds in an "X", bring it up &
staple to the inside of the bed to protect the wood from moisture
& to permit drainage to the ground below within the garden
17. Set up the accessible gardening areas so that a gardener in a
wheelchair, walker, scooter or lawn chair can move and turn around
easily to get water, tools and supplies.
18. Accessible pathway material here needs to be firm so
wheels can roll easily. You may wish to use tamped down
powdered rock Trail Mix over a bed of weed barrier and gravel for
drainage. (Woodchip mulch is not satisfactory for accessible
19. Fill garden beds with loam that has a minimum of 25%
20. Place a minimum of 4 inches wood chip mulch on pathways
between garden beds. Each year this will be added to because
the wood chip mulch will break down naturally.