Garden Project 2016 — Part 4


| 10/20/2016 4:11:00 PM


Tags: raised bed garden, landscape timbers, retaining wall, gardening, building a wall, Doug Bittinger, Tennessee,

Of Mice and Mountain MenPreviously we have covered layout, squaring, trenching, and ground pins in this garden project of mine. Now, let's look more at the arrangement of the timbers themselves and the joinery.

Staggering Joints

Staggered Joints

Joints, where the end of one timber butts up against the end of another, are weak points. You want to stagger these so that the joints in one row do not fall too close to joints in the row just above or below it.

Longer is Better

Make use of long pieces of timber — they're stronger than many short pieces. In the beginning, as I stair-step up the slopes, short pieces cannot be avoided. But I will want to transition to longer pieces as soon as possible. Cut-offs can be used by placing them between longer pieces.

Lock the Corners

Locked corners



Be sure you alternate the overlap at corners to lock the timbers securely together (as pictured above).






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