How to Use Raised Garden Beds in Your garden

| March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Raised garden beds are an excellent idea for older people who enjoy growing both vegetables and flowers. Also they are also helpful for people who suffer from sore backs. If built with a ledge on the side, the gardener may be able to sit on the edge to work on the garden.

raised garden beds

If raised garden beds are the way to go for you:

  • Check to make sure you have permission to have them if you are renting,
  • The beds will need to have access to rich soil to fill them
  • You will have to have the materials to construct them.

Materials

Building raised garden beds can be made from a variety of material.  Materials can be purchased from a hardware store or often nursery outlets will have them available. Some suggestions for raised garden beds are:

  • Treated pine timber
  • Corrugated steel
  • Blue scope steel with PVC joiners.
  • An Old bath.
  • Besser Block built up to a height suitable for the gardener.
  • Wooden Crates
  • Recycled polyethylene plastic

Whatever you choose to make your raised garden beds from it is advisable to line them with Geotextile fabric. This helps keep the soil in the bed while at the same time allows the water to drain through.

Most store bought raised garden beds measure 150 x 90 cm which is large enough to plant a variety of flowers and vegetables in each one. Building a raised bed on a wooden deck or patio is not advisable as the constant draining after watering may cause structural damage to it.

There are ones available that are built on legs. Also some may have wheels which makes it easy to move them into position for maximum sunlight.

Raised garden beds are ideal for growing small amounts of vegetables and flowers. They eliminate the access of pathway weeds creeping into your garden and also serve as a barrier for slugs and snails.

Having raised garden beds in your yard eliminates the chance of heavy rain washing away all your soil as the sides contain the soil.

A little know how to build..

You should position the beds facing south/East. because they need maximum light exposure for all the plants growing in the bed. Make sure the raised garden beds are level. After several watering’s the soil will level and you will want your beds to be the same.

If you live in a cold climate try not to over water. And also in very cold winter months cover the beds at night to prevent frost from killing off your plants.

Ideally the depth of a raised garden bed should be around 18 inches. Salad and herb plants will survive in around 12 inches, but the deeper beds are essential for a broader range of vegetables. The beds are usually built 4 feet wide, as this allows easy access to the centre of the bed from both sides.

The soil in a raised bed warms up more quickly so that planting can begin earlier. This will give you a good start on your vegetable crop.

Raised garden bed are an ideal way to get the children interested in gardening and out of the house away from computers, the t.v. and game consoles. Most children enjoy seeing their efforts rewarded when the crops start producing edible produce.

Raised garden beds are a good choice for many reasons.

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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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