Brick adds a more classic look to a garden.

How to Build Elevated Brick Garden Beds

by Keith Dooley

A raised garden is beneficial in areas where the soil is not optimal for growing. It is created by elevating the planting space a couple feet above the ground and providing more nutrient-rich and well-draining soil. If you want your garden to look more formal or classic, create beds out of stacked brick. The construction process requires a bit of work, but the end result is worth the effort.

1 Mark a rectangular area for the brick garden. Use wood stakes and twine to create a guide of straight lines.

2 Dig a 16-inch-wide trench around the garden bed area to make a foundation for the brick walls that will keep them from shifting out of place. Make the trench 6 inches taller than the height of the bricks you are using.

3 Mark the trench in several places 6 inches from the bottom by pressing into the sides with a stick or your finger. Mix cement with water according to the directions and pour it into the trench, filling it to the 6 inch marks. Smooth over and let harden for 3 or 4 days.

4 Mix mortar according to its directions.

5 Spray a light mist of water on the foundation in the bottom of the trench to dampen it and help the mortar bond to the hardened concrete.

6 Scoop some mortar into the trench and spread it smooth with a trowel to a 1 inch thickness. Cover no more than 2 feet at a time. Press bricks into the mortar end-to-end, and then repeat the process. Be sure to coat the ends of the bricks with mortar as you lay them down. This connects the bricks together in the row.

7 Lay the first row of bricks in the trench all around the bed area. Check the top of the bricks with a level. If they are uneven at any point, lift the bricks up in that spot and remove or add mortar to adjust.

8 Layer a second row of bricks on top of the first, alternating the seams to create more stability. Repeat the process with several more rows until you get the desired height of 1 to 2 feet above ground.

9 Smooth a jointing tool along the seams and joints to finish off the mortar with a slight indention. Do this as you layer the rows of bricks before the mortar dries.

10 Add soil and plants as desired.

Items you will need

  • Stakes
  • Twine
  • Shovel
  • Cement mix
  • Large mixing container
  • Mortar mix
  • Trowel
  • Bricks
  • Jointing tool

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