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As a garden owner knows the problem: unsightly imprints in the lawn by the wheelbarrow or deep footprints in the muddy vegetable patch, after it has rained again. Especially in the vegetable garden, the garden paths are usually not attached, since the routing between the flower beds must remain variable. However, there is a very simple solution: the mobile garden path for the vegetable bed. With our construction manual, you can build a portable catwalk through the countryside, without investing much time or money.
The mobile garden path for the vegetable patch can be used everywhere and will save you muddy shoes in the future - it will simply be laid out where you need it, and then rolled up again and stowed away in the garden shed to save space. With our step-by-step guide even less talented amateur hobbyists get along.
Material and tools
For the mobile garden path you only need enough wooden slats, webbing and tools
For the 40 cm wide and 230 cm long wooden path you need:
• six planed wooden slats measuring 300 x 4.5 x 2 centimeters
• a 50 centimeter long square bar (10 x 10 millimeters) as a spacer
• about 8 meters of webbing made of synthetic fiber fabric
• saw, stapler, sandpaper
• a straight wooden slat as a bulletin board
• Clamps, pencil, lighter
Step by step: Build a mobile garden path
The wooden slats are first sawn to the correct length and ground (left). Then place them at a regular distance at right angles to a straight edge (right)
First saw the wooden slats into 40-centimeter-long sections. For the way shown here we need a total of 42 pieces - but of course you can make yours longer by using more strips accordingly. The edges should smooth after sawing with sandpaper and round it off slightly. To avoid later painful wood chips in the fingers. The square strip is sawed into pieces about ten centimeters long, which are later used as spacers between the slats.
Now fasten a long notice board on a firm base with screw clamps. Along the straight edge, lay out the way slats at a right angle. Uniform spacing is achieved by interposing the sections of the square bar as spacers. Tip: Use the pencil to mark the position of the outer edge of the fabric strip on the square strip, so that it has the same distance to the edge on each crossbar.
Use the staples to attach the strap to the slats (left). The ends are fused with a lighter (right)
Now lay the webbing on the arranged slats. It is first attached to one side of the slats with a double row of staples. Then lay it out in a large arc without twisting it and fix it on the opposite side, after you have created these with the spacers to the stop edge. The bow gives the later strap. So that the plastic tape does not fray at the ends, melt them with a lighter.
The strap ends are fastened to the inside of the last batten with additional clips (left). Finally attach the second strap (right)
Now place the beginning and end of the strap around the last bar and attach both ends to the inside of this bar with additional clips. When all the slats are connected to the fabric strap, the second strap is attached. They are attached, counted from the first strap, with clips on the tenth batten. Place the ends of each end of the tie strap around the bar and staple the strap on each side. Now the taxiway is ready for the first mission.
If the new taxiway is ready for use by the new season, you can adjust the row spacing in the vegetable patch to the width of the way.
The mobile catwalk is simply rolled out and committed between the rows of vegetables. As the laths distribute the pressure over a larger area, the soil in the vegetable patch is not so much compressed by the footsteps.