Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Basics

Raised garden beds or garden planters are ideal for small vegetable gardens or flower gardens. Problems with weeds and soil compaction are kept at bay with this type of technique. Moreover, there is good soil drainage and the pests like slugs and snails are prevented from getting into your garden. You can buy ready made planters or make them yourself quite easily.

As a gardener, if your interest is to set up a raised bed vegetable garden then you are certainly on the right page. You will find all the information about the benefits and set up of a raised bed garden right here.

Raised bed vegetable gardens enjoy the following benefits and it does not matter if your garden bed is raised just a few inches or a couple of feet.

  • Access to your garden becomes a whole lot easier when you use the raised bed technique. Gardening requires long hours of hard work on bended knees and one way to avoid the strain is to use raised beds. Senior people can really enjoy their gardening activities and the luxury of not having to bend for ages to do their gardening.
  • You can choose the best quality of soil available for your garden and mix in the right amount of fertilizers to provide your plants with healthy nutrient rich soil. You can add the compost and other organic matter to enrich it before filling the planters. Further, there is no soil compaction which means a fluffier, non compacted, healthy soil for your plants. Soil drainage is also very good with raised beds.
  • Raised bed gardens make for better visibility – you will find it a lot easier to spot that pest! With enhanced visibility, taking good care of your garden becomes a lot easier.
  • Raised beds are a good way to prevent weeds from attacking as there is limited space for them to spread out. Weed control is a breeze when you use raised garden beds.

The planning of a raised bed vegetable garden is certainly not very different from planning a regular vegetable garden that you would have planted directly into the soil in your garden. First identify the location of your garden, plants will need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight and make sure there is good soil drainage in the location you choose.

Try to keep your garden as far as possible from the trees because roots can do damage to your garden and also shade your plants, preventing them from getting direct sunlight. Raised garden beds are usually about a foot higher than the surrounding soil level or you can use planters that will take them as high off the ground as you want them. Planter stands are available in the garden nursery stores. What you need to ensure when using planters is that the soil is at least 2 feet deep for your garden to take root properly.

Mark out the garden boundary using spray paint or rope. Then measure the space to know what size planters to buy. Buy your compost, soil, fertilizer and seeds in one lot for your garden – will save you going back and forth. Calculate the amount of soil per bag to the square footage of your garden. Garden store assistants are only too glad to help you with your purchases.