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Tips For Successful Raised Bed Garden
Raised Bed Gardening Tips
Raised bed gardening is simply gardening in beds that are raised higher than the natural soil level. This allows gardeners to grow plants they may not otherwise be able to grow because they aren’t constrained by poor soil conditions in their yard. This style of gardening is also easier when it comes to maintaining the plants because it is a lot easier to maneuver around the plants than it is in a traditional garden.
Raised bed gardening can be easy and enjoyable – here are some things you might want to consider if you are planning on installing a raised bed garden.
As with any type of garden, your raised bed garden needs to be placed in an area that is conducive to the growth of the types of plants you want to grow. If your plants need full sun, then you want to put the garden in a southerly facing area so that they get full sun. If they require partial shade then you want to place the raised bed garden in an area that gets partial shade. The key is knowing what your plants need and then finding the perfect spot in your yard that will provide it.
Raised bed gardens can be any height from six inches above the natural soil level to waist height. Many people find gardens that are waist height to be extremely convenient as far as maintenance goes and they can add to the appeal of your yard if you make them from aesthetically pleasing material. One thing that you want to consider with height is how deep the roots of your plants need to go. If the type of plant you are growing needs twelve inches of root depth, then you want to be sure that your raised bed garden is at least twelve inches tall.
One of the convenient things about raised bed gardens is that you can easily maneuver around them to maintain the plants. Therefore, you want to be sure that each garden is placed about two feet away from any walls, fences or other raised beds. You also want to be sure that the raised bed itself is no more than four feet wide. This will let you easily get to all parts of the garden from any side of the raised bed and make weeding, harvesting, and maintenance a breeze.
Needless to say, you want to construct your raised bed properly so that it does not fall apart. Many people use lumber for the sides of the garden, but you can also use bricks or stones as long as they will hold the soil in. You also want to be sure that the bed is level because if it is not, water will run from one side and pool on the other which will not be good for your plants.
The main benefit of a raised bed garden is that you don’t have to be held hostage to the soil conditions that you have currently in your yard. You fill the bed with the type of soil that you want, so you want to be sure that you find out the exact nutrients that the plants you are wanting to grow need and get the appropriate soil for those types of plants.
Making sure that you place your garden in the right spot, build it properly, and fill it with the right soil will give your plants all the things they need, and improve your chances of having a lush, thriving garden.
Materials For Raised Bed Gardens
Concrete blocks offer the raised bed gardener an easy way to make interesting shapes out of raised bed gardens. Concrete blocks are pretty easy to stack and their small length makes them a good solution for raised beds of different geometric shapes. If you think of your garden layout and design it to be aesthetically pleasing, then using concrete blocks to layout the design can be a great way to have a wonderful raised bed garden in your backyard without spending a lot of money.
One added benefit to using concrete blocks, as that they are uniform in size so you know that your garden will always be level which is important for soil drainage.
Rocks are another thing that can be used to contain a raised bed garden. If you want to use rocks then you want to arrange them much like an old-fashioned stonewall and be sure that it is sturdy enough so that the sides won’t cave in and spill the soil.
Using rocks can be a little bit harder and you have to have a knack for stacking them properly, but they can be very pleasing to the eye and add a lot of ambiance to your landscape.
Large containers that you can find in the garden store can also make great raised bed gardens. If you picture grouping a bunch of them together for an herb garden you can see how this could make a nice statement in your garden or patio that adds to the beauty of your yard and is functional as well.
These days you can get containers of all shapes and sizes, even ones that are fairly large that would allow you to grow quite a few vegetables. Needless to say, buying pre-made containers is about the easiest way to go because you don’t have to build anything and they can also be moved around to different parts of the yard if you decide you don’t want them in the place you originally put them.
When choosing materials for your raised bed garden, you want to consider the expense of the material, the ease-of-use and whether it will fit in the area that you have designated for the garden. Weigh all your options and pick the material that is right for you!