Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

October 24, 2011

Our new raised bed for Dill and Garlic

We built the frame out of sweet gum logs to keep the nature appearance.

Once the logs were stacked three high, the bed was lined with tar paper

to prevent the encroachment of tree roots.


Filling the bed with soil was made  easy by using our Kubota.


Once it rains and the soil settles,

the tar paper will be trimmed.

We will then plant the Dill Weed seed and Garlic Cloves.

Instructions for planting Garlic:

“Plant individual garlic cloves in October. First, break apart the bulb and separate the cloves, leaving the papery skin intact. Choose the largest cloves from the bulb for planting. Push each clove into the soil about 3 to 4 inches deep, with the pointy side up. Cover the garlic seed with 2 to 3 inches of soil and pat down. Cover the area you planted with mulch.Keep your garlic plants happy with regular watering.”

Instructions for Dill Weed:

Here are a few suggestions to start you on your way to a crop of dill:

  • Dill, like most herbs, loves to bask in the sun, but will tolerate afternoon shade.

  • Dill grows up to 3 feet tall, so plant it in the back of your flower, vegetable or herb garden.
  • Sow seeds close together. This will allow the plants, which blow over easily to support each other.

  • Cover the seeds lightly, and allow a week or two for them to germinate.

  • For a continuous crop, sow repeatedly from mid spring to early summer.”


  1. How did you stack the logs?

    Comment by Marlen — May 14, 2012 @ 9:35 am | Reply

    • We cut sweet gum trees on our property. The trees were about eight inches in diameter at base. We then cut them into six foots lengths and three foot lengths. The six foot for the sides and the three foot for the ends. When stacking them, we would reverse the large end of the log as the height increased. Sweet Gum is a soft hardwood and will decay in a few years, but we wanted the natural look versus landscape timbers or some other unnatural appearance. To secure the logs, we drove stakes in the ground on the inside and outside which were nailed to the logs. Once soil put into bed, the outside stakes can be removed.

      Comment by tadpole — May 14, 2012 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

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