There are many reasons why many enthusiastic gardeners are going for raised bed gardening. Aside from being incredibly space-efficient, it is also known to produce a higher yield. Additionally, it is an excellent solution to significant gardening problems like weed and pest control and not having the ideal soil type suited for gardening.
With an organic raised bed garden, almost all these problems are nonexistent. Moreover, the vegetables can grow in a controlled manner since you won’t have to walk on the bed itself. The soil is quickly plowed and won’t risk becoming compacted.
So if you’re finally ready to jump on the bandwagon, here are some practical steps and guidance on how to start your own raised bed garden:
Select the site after determining the size
It would be best if you determined how many beds you are going to create for this purpose. Also, you have to decide on the size of each bed. The width of the bed should be in such a way that it will be easy for you to reach the center without having to step on the bed.
Additionally, you need to consider the site where you’re going to place the beds. Space and location are essential because you’ll need to plot the arrangement of individual beds. And once you’ve done this, you can begin clearing the area, removing all the debris and weeds, and loosening the soil.
Next, you need to pick which plant variety you are going to plant in each bed. If you are going to group together different vegetables or plants, see to it that you place various plants with more or less the exact requirement in one bed. This will give you so much control over how the soil is prepped.
If you are going to plant vegetables and herbs, a depth of 5 inches is enough. Also, if the natural soil type in your area is not really fitting for growing vegetables, you need to have nutrient-rich soil prepared so you can fill the raised bed right away with the perfect soil type later on.
Raised Bed Construction
For constructing the frame for the raised bed, you need to use rot-resistant lumbers. An excellent example of this is cedars or those composite wood available these days. You can cut the lumbers to your coveted size and attach the different parts to create a simple rectangular bed. 4 x 10 lumbers are usually used for this purpose as it allows the ideal depth of soil fillings.
Next, you need to make sure the frame is level so that water will not run off in any part of the bed due to not leveled structures. You can then fill the frame with the ideal soil required by a different variety of vegetables and plants. You can start planting in your organic raised bed garden.