Raised Bed Assembly
Here's what you'll need:
A Grassroots Fabric Pots Raised Bed
1″ PVC Pipe
PVC Pipe Cutter
Mallet (recommended) or Hammer
File or Sandpaper (optional)
1. Start with the bed on a flat surface.
2. Lay a piece of PVC across the bed so it starts flush with the end.
3. Cut the PVC where it meets the horizontal sharpie line near the top of the side.
4. This piece will become a leg. You can now cut the rest of the legs to this length. There will be one leg for every notch.
5. Put the proper fittings on to the legs. We will attach crossbars to them in a couple steps. Note: If you don’t have trellis fittings, you will use 3 and 4 way fittings instead of the 4 and 5 way fittings.
6. Use a metal File or sandpaper to smooth the bottoms of the legs. This helps to prevent accidental damage to the base of the fabric pot. If you don’t have a file or sandpaper, you can scrape the bottom of the legs on concrete.
7. It’s time to cut the crossbars. Put a piece of uncut PVC through an end sleeve and cut at the vertical markings.
8. You can use this length to make as many crossbars as you need.
9. Place the end crossbars into their sleeves and fit the corner legs and fittings onto them.
10. To begin assembling the sides, thread an uncut piece of PVC through an empty sleeve into a leg joint. Make sure the fabric is taut and cut at the first vertical mark. (In the shown illustration, the pipe continues left into the corner fitting. Do not pre-cut these side pieces. Measure them one at a time.)
11. Stick the next leg on and continue down the length of the bed until you reach the next corner joint.
12 Use a mallet to seat the PVC into each joint for a snug fit.
13. If you have trellis fittings, now is a good time to build the trellis. Use the lengths of piping already cut to measure piping for the top of the trellis. You can make your trellis as high as you need.
Over time, the bed base may expand and cause the PVC to pop out of the fittings. To prevent this, you can put screws through each pipe end and the fitting. Make sure not to over-tighten the screws! Putting the screws into the top of the fitting will allow gravity to help keep the screw in place.
Alternatively, you can use a rope or cord.
While assembling the bed, run the cord through each side and tie it off to create tension in the frame.