Setting Up A New Garden Bed - Garden Beds By Tankworks

Setting Up Your Garden Bed

Follow these simple steps to get your garden bed ready for growing
Step 1

Step 1

Find a sunny location


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Find a sunny location
Find a sunny location

Selecting the best site for your garden bed can be tricky.   You need to consider how much sun the bed will get at various times of the year.  You don’t want it to get too hot in summer, but you need direct sunlight to help everything grow.

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Step 2

Step 2

Level the ground


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Level the ground
Level the ground

If you’re installing on a grass or dirt area, it’s a good idea to level the ground out first. If there is a lot of levelling required, you can just level a small trench around the circumference of the bed. Use a mattock or a trowel for this.

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Step 3

Step 3

Weed matting


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Weed matting
Weed matting

You want water to drain freely out of the garden bed, but you don’t want weeds to grow up from the ground.  It’s a good idea to put down a layer of weed matt before filling your garden bed. You can use newspaper or hessian sacks, or weed matting from a nursery.

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Step 4

Step 4

Bulk fill


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Bulk fill
Bulk fill

Most plants only need a small layer of soil in the top of the bed, about 300mm deep.  So you can save on soil by filling the bottom of your garden bed with something less expensive.  Some ideas include; old bricks, Styrofoam, hay or cardboard. Keep in mind if you use something organic, it will decompose and may subside a little.

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Step 5

Step 5

Add top soil


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Add top soil
Add top soil

We need some good soil to grow our plants in. Larger beds may need a tipper truck delivery of soil, and smaller beds can be filled with bags.  You can use well-seasoned compost as well.

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Step 6

Step 6

Plant veggies/flowers


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Plant veggies/flowers
Plant veggies/flowers

How you plant will depend on what you’re planting. You can use seeds, seedlings, or more established plants.  Read the instructions on the packaging to get the spacing of seeds and seedlings right. Remember not to plant in the middle of the day, and water well to soak them in.

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Step 7

Step 7

Give a good watering


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Give a good watering
Give a good watering

Water in your newly planted garden beds will require a bit more water than other plants.  Remember to water your new plants twice a day for the first few days.  Garden beds need a little extra water around the edges on hot days.

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Step 8

Step 8

Mulch and fertilise


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Mulch and fertilise
Mulch and fertilise

Adding mulch after planting helps to keep the soil moist and full of nutrients.  Use sugar cane mulch or small wood chips, depending on what you’re growing.  Add fertiliser to the soil once a year to promote more growth.

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Step 9

Step 9

Enjoy your new garden


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Tankworks Garden Beds and other steel garden beds on the market?

Made from high strength AQUAPLATE® steel, with an internal food-grade polymer lining for long life protection, our garden beds are made to last.

The top edge of the raised Garden Beds has been formed over to ensure there are no sharp bits when gardening the beds. The joins are machine riveted, making them durable and long-lasting. Your garden bed is delivered ready to use, there is no assembly required.

All Tankworks Garden Beds are tested and engineered to support the weight of the soil.

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Do I need to assemble my Garden Bed?

No. Tankworks Garden Beds come fully assembled so you can begin planting right away

What does my Warranty Cover?

Your Tankworks Garden Bed comes with a 5 year structural warranty. Your Garden Bed will not rust, crack, split or rot.

Do Garden Beds come in various sizes ready made?

Tankworks Raised Garden Beds are made to measure as soon as an order is confirmed. You select either a Round or a Slimline Garden Bed to the dimensions you require, Choose your Colorbond colour and we will manufacture the Garden Bed to the specifications. You Can select a Garden Bed that will ideally suit your garden or courtyard. Various heights are available to cater for the elderly or those that have back issues.

Do you offer delivery?

Yes your Garden Bed can be delivered to most areas in NSW, VIC and QLD. Upon ordering check with a Staff member to work out other delivery options if your delivery postcode falls outside these states.

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