Raised bed vegetable gardening is one of the most popular types of gardening you will come across. However, you can also grow flowers and fruits in a raised bed garden. While vegetables is often the most popular choice many people also have great success growing fruits and flowers in their raised bed gardens. Most of the raised bed containers are created out of wood. Although wood is the most popular choice you can also use cinder blocks, brick, natural stone or even fiberglass. If you are extremely limited on funds you could even place bales of hay in which ever shape you desire and fill it with good soil and compost. Below are some great tips to help you get started with your very own raised bed garden.
Step one is to choose a site for your garden. Raised bed vegetable gardening is not very difficult but choosing a bad place can cause your project to fail. You want a spot that gets at least eight hours of sun per day. Also, be sure the area you choose is flat and can be accessed very easily.
Step two is to determine the size and shape of your garden. Be sure to think about the layout of your garden ahead of time so you know exactly what you need. This will save you a ton of time and money when you go to the store to purchase your supplies.
Step three is to prep the site you have chosen to build your raised bed. Raised bed vegetable gardening will require at least a six-inch deep bed. In order to save time, use newspaper, cardboard or landscape fabric to cover and smother the ground. Once you complete this process you can put your choice of soil on top.
Step for is to construct the bed for your garden. If you are using wood be sure to use rot-resistant lumber. Cedar is the most popular but you could also use newer composite lumbers to construct your bed. Once you have your pieces cut to the desired length be sure to pre-drill holes and connect the boards with galvanized screws. Another important step is to make sure the bed is level. If it is not level water may run off one part and build up on another.
The fifth and final step is to fill your garden. Raised bed vegetable gardening gives you the opportunity to use which ever soil you desire. You can also mix the soil with the proper nutrients needed to ensure healthy vegetable growth.
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