Making a raised garden bed in my backyard didn’t have to be as tough as I made it out to be. These simple tips will help you get your raised bed up and running in shorter time than I did.
Experience One: Couldn’t Decide the Size or Materials to Use
When I decided to make a raised bed in the backyard for a vegetable garden, I hadn’t figured out the size. Once the size was decided, 8’x6’x6″, it didn’t take long to get the base built. I used planks rather than bricks or any other substance for this one.
Raised Garden Bed Tip One: Choose your options first. Decide what type of materials you want to use before you begin. That was the toughest part for me because I kept changing my mind.
Raised Garden Tip Two: Buy everything at once. This will keep you from having to make several trips to the store. That was my mistake. OOPS!
Experience Two: Dirt, Manure, Oh, My!
You’ll need a lot of dirt, preferably composted dirt. A bag of manure won’t hurt the cause any either. You may not need the whole bag depending on the size, but you’ll need it just the same especially if you’re using top soil that may not have enough of the nutrients and stuff needed for a good garden.
Dirt and Manure Tip One: If you know of some place where you can get your own top soil, like in a wooded area that hasn’t been dug up that would be your best bet. The compost will already have taken place. Saves you from making your own compost pile.
Dirt and Manure Tip Two: You will need some regular top soil too. It takes a lot of dirt to fill in a raised bed. It’s okay if you buy all of this at any store that sells all of this. You’ll need to mix it altogether anyway.
Dirt and Manure Tip Three: The dirt will settle after a couple of years, so, you will need to get more dirt and possible another bag of manure and work the dirt again before planting in the spring or fall.
Raised Garden Bed Tip Three: Build a Climbing Wall
The first year I didn’t have a wall or area for pole beans or sweet peas. The second year my husband was nice enough to build a wall-type area along one side of the garden for them.
Climbing Wall TIp One: Build a wall instead of using stakes or tomato wires. Doing that will give you more planting room in your garden since you will have to add the stakes or other items for the climbing plants in your garden.
Climbing Wall Tip Two: Attach a frame to the outside of the bed with screws. Use a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the two posts that need to be at least three feet high. This allows the right amount of height for stability of climbing vegetable plants.
Tip Four: Watering and Sunlight
Like any other vegetable garden you need to make sure it gets enough sunlight for each type of vegetable plant and the right amount of water. You don’t want to put your raised bed right under a tree, but if it’s out from under it where it can get some sunlight throughout the day, that’s good. You will want to put the vegetables that require some shade during the day near a tree that will throw some shade on your plants during the hottest part of the day.
Watering your Raised Bed Tip One: Water at the appropriate times. You don’t want to water during the hottest part of the day as the water will evaporate as fast as you put it on the ground. Yes, the ground and not the plants. The roots are what needs the water more than the plants.
Watering your Raised Bed Tip Two: Water on the plants can cause mold and rotting of the plants and vegetables faster than the water on the ground since the soil will soak up the water.