With the weekend’s picture perfect weather it was hard not to get outdoors. The next project on our list was to kick off our three DIY veggie garden beds in order to transplant our seedlings into pots (as they’re already sprouting).
Step 1. Prepare the area
As we pulled into the trade timber section of Bunnings I bypassed the hardwood timber and went straight to a new product called MicroPro Sienna Sleepers. They’re vibrant red in colour and certified Green Guard with a non arsenic-based formula – perfect for veggie gardens, retaining walls less than one metre in height, garden edging, children’s playgrounds, sandpits etc and in public use areas such as national parks.
They’re also manufactured from Australian grown plantation pine timber and are also protected against fungal decay and termite attack. #winning
Step 2. Cut to length
We decided on 4.8 metres in length by 1.2 metres in width to make best use of our lengths (with no wastage).
Step 3. Pre drill the holes
Sienna sleepers give the visual appearance of the traditional hardwood colour, but, at the economical price of durable treated plantation pine – $14.23 per 2.4 metre sleeper (with our trade discount). The blends of copper-based preservative and iron pigment is pressure treated into the wood and gives it the amazing red colour.
Step 4. Fasten with galvanised screws
We needed to get a feel for the size of the space and importantly where we going to go one or two sleepers high? Easy decision. Once we saw them stacked they looked so much nicer and would be far better on our backs when came time to weeding.
We used cheaper off cuts to fasten the sleepers together from the inside to ensure they stay as close together as possible.
They will eventually weather to a light grey so intend on giving a coat of outdoor oil as soon as possible to help their dimensional stability overtime and retain the colour (which ties in nicely with the vibrant red coop).
Tell us DIYers what you think we should plant in our first bed?