There is no greater feeling in the world than growing something yourself. Picking your own fresh vegetables somehow taste better than you can find anywhere else. People with a green thumb are turning to the latest garden trend: raised garden beds. Not only do they look nice, but there are many advantages to raised garden beds. One being, that gardening in a raised bed is a lot simpler than an in-ground garden. Plus, you have the ability to make your raised garden bed look the way you want it. There are many different materials and even shapes a raised garden bed can be built in.
First off, you need to make sure that you’re equipped with all the right materials. If not, make a trip to your local hardware store. Make sure you have the material you are going to use for the frame, whether it be wood, cinderblocks, or brick. A lot of people have said that wood works well for anything edible, so maybe keep that in mind. In addition, don’t go into it without a plan. For instance, if the garden bed will be resting directly on the ground, consider purchasing some chicken wire. This is because the chicken wire will prevent any damage from moles or gophers.
Don’t forget your basic tools either! Most likely you will need things like a drill and drill bits, a pencil, ruler, and shovel. If the frame is made out of wood a staple gun will come in handy. Also, if you decide to use chicken wire on the base don’t forget wire cutters. And of course, you’ll need soil and seeds of whatever you decide to grow.
Choosing the Right Spot
Secondly, you’ll need to find the perfect place for your raised garden bed. It’s been said that if you’re growing vegetables, placing the garden bed in the spot with the most sun will produce the best results. Whatever spot you choose, make sure it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Now, prep the spot by removing any grass so your raised garden bed sits directly on the earth. Another great idea for added retention is by adding a 4-foot board to each corner and drilling anchor holes in the ground. The boards on each corner will go into the anchor holes and get buried.
Finally, your raised garden bed is ready for soil and seeds. Keep in mind, if the soil is packed too tightly the plants won’t grow as well. Soil should be loose which is a perfect environment for root growth. Next, set each plant into evenly spaced holes and cover lightly. However, if you are planting container plants first break up the root ball. Water!
Tips for Success
If you want to go above and beyond the average raised garden bed, we’ve got a few tips. For example, there is a way to keep out birds and frost that you may not have thought of. Before filling the garden bed with soil, attach 4 pieces of PVC pipe to the inside of the frame. These pieces of pipe will help hold up bird netting. Like we said earlier, adding a layer of chicken wire or hardware cloth to the base will protect your plants from pesky animals. Staple it to the inside of your frame and cut off any excess with wire cutters. To make your life even easier, consider adding an irrigation system. Therefore, watering your plants becomes a piece of cake.
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