Raised Bed Garden Ideas: Tips and Tricks to Raised Bed Gardening

by Lian

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Gardening in raised beds has many benefits for your garden. Raised beds create great drainage, and make it easy for you to adjust soil composition. They will also your soil warmer, meaning that you can plant your plants earlier in the season.

Best Raised Bed Gardening Ideas: Preparing the Space

Building your own raised beds for your garden is fairly easy, and can generally be done in a few hours. Here are some ideas and tips for how to prepare your garden to for raised beds.

  • Remove sod and weeds from the planned raised bed site before placing the beds there
  • Layer the bottom of the site with landscape fabric to keep pests out
  • Orient your site north-south in order to maximize sun exposure, and plan to plant your taller plants on the north side
  • Make sure the site for your raised bed is fairly level, and will allow for drainage away from the container

Best Raised Bed Gardening Ideas: Building Raised Beds

Raised gardening beds can be made from wood (pine or cedar), stone, concrete, logs or even just dirt. Depending on what materials you already have and what you need to buy, making a raised bed can be inexpensive or up to a couple hundred dollars.

  • The raised bed can be any size you want, so long as there is at least 6” deep of space for plant roots
  • For wood beds, make 4 sides of multiple 2×4 (or any size) boards
  • Make 4×4 (or any size) posts for the inner corners to help hold the posts together; for whatever size you use, make sure your posts are the same height as your sides.
  • Use wood screws to hold your raised bed together

Best Raised Bed Gardening Ideas: Soil & Irrigation

Many people tend to set up a drip system for their raised beds so they don’t have to worry about watering them daily. Here are ideas for how to deal with soil and irrigation in your gardening beds.

  • Fill your raised bed with quality soil up to about an inch under the top edge
  • Mix compost into your soil to improve soil nutrition
  • Vermiculite can also be added to help with water retention
  • Using a garden hose is fine for watering plants, though it can be time consuming and wasteful
  • A more economical option is a drip system, which involves small tubes that are placed throughout your beds that will slowly water your plants

Building raised beds in your yard is easy and beneficial for your garden!

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Michael Delceg August 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Surely you mean wood screws, not wooden screws. I recommend that they be made of stainless steel, although that is the more expensive option. My beds are made with 2X4 frames with old roofing iron between the frame elements. The roofing iron, at least, is free if you can find it. We grow almost all our non-tree fruit and vegetables in these beds. The width is best kept to 1.5m or less. Ours are 6m long.
Irrigation water is essential in hot weather as the one disadvantage of raised beds is that they dry out quicker than the ground beneath them. You should have pointed this out.
Additional soil preparations include lime and seaweed meal, among others, but this will depend on the soil type and crop. A thick mulch of pea straw helps to develop the topsoil biota layering that needs to develop for optimum production. Let the worms do the work.

Mike

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