Water penetrating sill plate via planter
Hope you are all well!! I have a bit of an issue and was hoping for some ideas. Problem pertains to building a raised flowerbed planter box and potential water damage to home.
I have an older home (1947) and next to the front door is a flowerbed approximately 2'x10'. It used to house beautiful flowers, plants and holiday decorations....but the last couple of years has been empty due to a very large tortoise (50 lbs and about 24'' diameter) that eats and rams everything!! I used some 1x4 dogeared planks, stacked to reach about 1' high to enclose the bed. It does keep him out, but I have not yet filled it as I fear possible damage to my home from water. I know if I just fill in the area with dirt and plants, with my luck the water will permeate the sill plate and come into the house. Is this incorrect thinking? Have never had any type of flooding issues before, but also have never had a raised bed attached to the home and water is a funny, funny thing. The sill plates are not original and the home was partially remodeled about 10 years ago, but I'm just not sure if I should go ahead. Also thought maybe placing a tarp or something below dirtline along stucco, then drilling small drainage holes in planks might work to get any excess water to flow away from the walls.
Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated!!