HELP ~ need to 'renovate' (or replace) existing raised flower bed
Right now, it's somewhat makeshift, made from two levels of landscape timber. (These pics are not current...it's raining out now).
(...and sorry about all the diamond shaped question marks...dont know where they came from and...NOT going to try to edit out....tablet doesn't play nice on here)
First problem ~ I never drilled holes to stake it in the ground, so the top level is not stable.� We didn't think to do it beforehand.� Afterwards, I didn't have a paddlebit long enough (and didn't want to buy one). So I just have the stakes stuck in dirt against the outside of the wood to keep the top one from sliding off.� Still, it works pretty well except when the lawnmower guy knocks into it :)
Second problem ~ the guy who was helping me never came back to finish so I cut the ends (that run side to side) too short, therefore they don't butt up against the sides.� This leaves a gap in the corners so when I water, it runs out on the sidewalk.��In retrospect, I should have cut the lengths shorter and had the ends run wider.
You can kinda see the gaps in pic #2 (the thing you see next to the gap on the left side is one of those stakes ;)
Third problem is, the ground seems to have heaved up in the middle, where the two timber seams meet so it doesn't lay level anymore (pic #2)
On the opposite side, I have it butted up against the paver walkway so at least that side is level and fairly stable (pic #3).
And don't know if this is important for when you give suggestions, but the yard is higher towards the street sidewalk so we had to dig down pretty deep before laying the first level so the end would be at the edge of the sidewalk.� If you look closely at pic #1 you can see that the lower level side is almost buried.
So here's my question ~ I don't know if I should just try to fix this and if so, how?� Even though this is an established bed, the dirt does move when you pull away the timbers so no matter what I do, I will have to contend with getting the dirt up into the bed so it doesn't fall 'out' (if that makes sense?).
Or should I just go a whole different route?� I've thought of building some sort of form and filling it with QuikCrete or whatever you use.� But don't know if that would be too expensive (am on a budget).� Thought maybe I could get some salvage broken concrete pieces and pour some concrete, then stick the pieces inside, pour some more, more pieces then finish off top with concrete.� That way I could save on concrete.� Is that feasible?
I've also seen raised beds built ahead of time out of wood, in one big rectangle.� I thought that might be the easiest since I could just put it in place after it's built.� Maybe doing it that way wouldn't disturb the dirt as much since it would all one piece and taller and just slip down over the existing bed.
I do have some budget constraints, tho.� Basically, I don't want to spend any money....lol.� Not really.� But I rent, so the cheaper the better (landlord is ok with this....she's a fellow gardener :)�
I like to use 'found' materials or 2nd hand stuff.� Like the timbers...they were brand new but I found them discarded in the trash.� So any 'thifty' ideas are welcome.�
Also, I'm pretty handy but I don't have a ton of power tools. I do have a circular saw and drill.� And could prolly borrow anything else I needed (except for that darn long paddle bit....NOBODY had one...lol).
Thanks to all in advance for any help !