* The total length of shuttering is dictated by your plan.
1. Mark out your plan with bamboo canes and string lines making sure the paths and beds are the right size. Dig out the paths to a depth of 10cm, pilling the soil in the middle of the beds, and hammer wooden pegs into the ground along their edge using the string lines to keep them straight. The pegs form the supports for the edge of the raised beds.
2. Cut the timber shuttering to length and prop against the pegs, making sure that they're level.
3. Then nail into position, supporting the back of the peg with a spade.
4. Build up the design regularly, checking that the paths are straight and the beds square. If you're making a circle, put it in last.
5. To get the borders ready for sowing, dig compost into the soil - a barrowful for every 2m, and firm gently with the flats of your feet and then rake level. Flatten out the paths and cover with gravel.
Reference "The Garden Makeover Book", by Toby Buckland.
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