Beginner’s Guide to Raised Bed garden

soil for raised garden bed

If you are a new beginner and planning to install a raised bed garden, then here is the guide for you from scratch regarding how to install raised bed gardens and every dos and don’ts about it. What kind of material do you need? How to prepare the soil or best soil for raised garden bed or what plants are best for raised bed gardens? We will discuss everything. Here are some basic beginner tips to install raised bed gardens.

The Location:

When you are thinking about installing a raised bed garden, you need to keep in mind that you need almost six to eight hours of sunlight. If you are from a hot climate area, your raised beds need a little shade depending on your plants; they need little shadow in the hot summer. If you are from a hilly region, you have to choose a place where drainage is good because stagnant water can kill your plants.

Prepare the site:

When you are gardening, the common struggle is the weed problems and unwanted grass. So before installing the raised beds, clean the area properly. If you don’t clean the sites, there is a possibility the weed and grass will grow through the raised beds’ soil. It will harm your plants. So clear the area and use some weed-proof or DIY remedies to stop grass from growing in the raised beds.

Build the raised beds:

You can buy raised bed kits to build your gardens, or you can get the tools to make your raised beds. Raised beds gardens are practically the garden above ground gardening boxes. You can buy the kits and assemble the pieces according to the instructions. If you prefer doing it by yourself, you can build it with cement and bricks or use timber. While making the raised beds, you have to keep in mind the height should be good enough for the roots to reach the maximum depth. The length and breadth are according to the space available.

Preparing the soil:

The best thing about raised beds is you have control over the quality of the soil. So you can make your soil depending on the plant you will grow in the beds. So the standard recommendation is 10% pot soil, 30% compost, and the rest of the 60% is topsoil. If the bottom layer is at the ground level, you must lay down cardboard to control the weed growth.

For a beginner, raised bed gardens are the best to grow vegetables. This is easy and as well as very satisfying to grow them. You can choose any leafy vegetables like spinach, carrots, or radish. Some also like to grow crawling plants like peas. You can grow strawberries or tomatoes and can get your breakfast from your garden.

Raised beds are easy because you can grow your garden in a controlled manner. To stop the germination, you can also change the soil. You don’t have to dig the soil now and then to control weeds. Build the raised beds and build your kitchen garden.