Getting Started With Raised Bed Gardening

So, want to build a raised bed, but you still unsure about the benefits. Is it worth it? The benefits of building a raised bed instead of traditional gardening are too many to be ignored. However, it is a long-term investment since the initial cost may be a little high. I’ll discuss all the steps necessary to have your own raised bed, as well as the cost involved.

Why raised bed?

Beyond the cleaner look, raised beds to allow the grower to have better control of the soil. It creates a controlled environment enabling the grower to know precisely how much fertilizers to add, creates a barrier between the bed and pests, prevents soil compaction, and makes it easier to harvest vegetables due to its height (varying from 20 to 30 inches or more).

Materials needed

Now that you have learned the many advantages of building a raised, you are wondering how you can make yours. There are many premade models available at Amazon, Wayfair, and other websites. If you decide to build your own, there are some things to take into consideration.

  • The type of wood used is important to ensure no chemicals are being leached into the soil. Cedar is a pressured treated lumber, with a long life (10-15 years)
  • Chicken wire to attach to the bottom of the bed
  • Landscape Fabric
  • Nails
  • Soil
  • Mulch

*Disclaimer: this is my preferred material for raised be gardening. However, that are many materials used for other gardeners, such as, metal, plastic, and others. 

How to choose your soil

Choosing the right soil is the most crucial part of growing vegetable, the soil provides minerals, supplies air to roots, act as a matrix that stabilizes plants, holds water, and it is biologically alive. Unhealthy soil leads to unhealthy plants. The goal is to create the optimum environment to harvest healthy crops.

Choosing what to plant

A couple of different factors should be taken into consideration when choosing what to plant. The hardiness zone (you can click here to find out what your zone is), the time of the year (some crops are winter crops, and others are summer crops), and your personal preferences (you should plant what you and your family like to eat, so nothing goes to waste). You should also take into consideration companion plants.

Final thoughts

Starting your own vegetable garden may sound scary or time demanding. The truth is most people start their own vegetable garden small and figure it out things along the way. A couple minutes every day should be enough for most of backyard growers to ensure their plants are taken care of. Start small and start with the right tools. As I personally state many times, choosing the right cultivars, for the right time of the year, and the right soil type is one of the most essential parts of growing your own food.

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