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.

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

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.

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.

Mix mortar according to its directions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Add soil and plants as desired.

Items you will need

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

About the Author

Keith Dooley has done work in the field of landscaping and design for more than 10 years. He has implemented his own designs, as well as pulled from techniques learned through studies, creating many landscapes for others to enjoy.He has also maintained lawns, athletic fields, town parks, large gardens and game fields.

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