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Creating a Raised Bed Flower Garden

Mark off the area wish to turn into a flower bed. Do this by outlining with an old hose or similar material. When the grass under the hose has turned yellow, remove the hose and begin turning the sod in the garden area. To do this,use a sharp straight mouth shovel to cut along the entire edge of the new bed. Cut as deeply as the shovel will go. At one end or side begin cutting squares of sod of a size you can handle. As you cut a square, pry it loose with the shovel. Turn each sod upside down in its place. On top of the overturned sods add compost, topsoil, sand,and some fertilizer. Mix them together gently. Using a round mouth shovel, dig it into the lower rim of the bed and press it forward all around the edge of the bed. This will compact the soil at the edge and help keep it from washing away. Around the outer edge place gravel or bricks or stones. Put your flowers in and enjoy.