Things to Know about Building Raised Garden Beds

Building raised garden beds is similar to making container gardens, with one big difference. Unlike container gardens with their closed or slatted bottoms, raised garden beds are open at the bottom. That feature lets the roots go into the natural soil for additional plant stability and nutrients. The dirt you add to each garden bed is a customized blend of compost and soil that encourages healthy, happy plants.

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Take a look at any of the scores of plans for this style of garden. Suggestions are on websites, in gardening magazines and even at your local home improvement store or nursery. One of the nicest things about designing your own garden plan is that it benefits plants, landscaping, and the area where they are placed. Another is that it reduces back strain when planting, weeding and harvesting.

Building raised garden beds provides the opportunity to make gardening fit your needs. Why not add a bench-like siding so that you can sit on the edge while planting, weeding or harvesting? This small shelf is also a great spot to put young seedlings for an hour or so to acclimate them to the outdoors. During nice weather, don’t be surprised to find the kids reading a book or playing a video game while perched on the warm side area.

Prepare the ground by digging up the soil where the containers will be set. Turn the ground over at least 16 inches down. Then remove rocks, debris and weeds. Roots from trees and other vegetation will steal the nutrients. Talk with your local gardener on the best ways to divert the roots without harming the tree or shrub.

The bottomless frame can be built from nearly any type of durable item, such as bricks, rocks, or interlocking blocks. Untreated cedar and redwood are popular for growing food crops because they are naturally rot-resistant and have not been treated with preservatives or toxins. They typically last at least ten years before they start breaking down. Railroad ties and even used tires are often used for non-edible shrub and flower raised beds.

Mix up the shapes or keep them the same. Whether square, rectangular, or octagonal, keep the width to about 4 feet so you can easily reach the centre. Length is affected by the space you have and what will be planted in each bed. Avoid stepping inside because the pressure compacts the soil and disturbs the balance you’ve worked so hard to create. You will never have to set foot in a well-designed raised garden bed.

Erosion is minimized by adding drainage areas to the walls of each bed. Because of the feeding design, plants can be closer together and still provide excellent yields. Minimize water use and add the right nutrients for each area.

Building raised garden beds so the long side faces south invites the most sunshine. That warms the bed and extends growing season. Plant the tallest plants towards the back so they don’t steal all the sun from smaller ones. Gardens are not limited to small plants. Installing a trellis on one or two of the back beds lets the gardener enjoy pole beans, peas, and vine tomatoes. Click here to buy raised garden beds from us.


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These are the plans I used to build

My raised beds.I modified the design somewhat.
if you want a fall/winter garden then build now.
Dirt - you can buy bags, or go to a large garden center and buy it in bulk. If you have a pickup or trailer you can take it home yourself or arrange to have it delivered.
Depending on the garden center, they may have a mix of soil for raised beds.
You can use 100% compost, but I think 50% topsoil and 50% compost is a good mix. The topsoil will provide minerals that 100% compost does not have.

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Here's what Dutch-born floral designer Rene van Rems, author of “Rene's Bouquets,” says about the gladioli your grandmother probably included in her cut-flower garden. .. Rocks, glass pebbles and uncut ornamental fruit all make for great stabilizers.

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