A raised garden bed is a great way to make your garden more productive and attractive. It can also be an inexpensive way to extend your growing season and protect plants from the elements. The only drawback is that making a raised garden bed requires some effort on the front end: it’s not as easy as just buying one already made. Still, we think you’ll find this endeavor worth it in the long run!
How to make a raised garden bed
- Use a shovel to dig out the area where you want your garden bed to be. The depth of this can vary depending on what type of plants you are going to be growing in it, but it’s generally recommended that you make it at least three feet deep so that you have enough space for root development and room for plants with taller growth patterns; if you want more information about how deep your bed should be, talk with a gardening expert or look up online guides like these:
- Use a rake to smooth out the surface once the soil has been removed from beneath your newly-formed raised garden bed. This will help prevent erosion when rains come down on top of it during rainy seasons;
- Use a spade (or another tool if necessary) to remove any rocks or roots from within your new raised garden bed before filling with dirt; this step is especially important if there’s already some plant life growing nearby since removing existing vegetation might cause harm toward future crops! Be sure not miss anything else too though–those pesky weeds can ruin everything in seconds flat!
Pros of Raised Garden Beds
- Raised garden beds are easier to maintain.
- Raised garden beds are easier to weed.
- Raised garden beds are easier to water.
- Raised garden beds are easier to protect from pests.
- Raised garden beds are easier to harvest, because you can reach all the way in without having to bend over or kneel down on a narrow raised bed with a deep border around it like in traditional gardening!
Cons of Raised Garden Beds
There are several drawbacks to raised garden beds, including their cost and difficulty of movement.
- Expense: Raised garden beds can be expensive to purchase and install. The materials needed to build a raised bed can also be pricey if you do not have them on hand; they may include lumber, concrete blocks and boards, which you may already own but still need to buy more of.
- Difficulty moving: As mentioned above, the size of your garden will depend on how much space is available for it in your yard or elsewhere on your property but this does not mean that all areas are accessible at all times (especially during winter months). Weeding by hand can also be tedious work if done on ground level so having an elevated surface will make it easier access those weeds without getting dirty hands or knees!
learn how to make a raised garden bed and their pros and cons.
Here’s one way to make a raised garden bed:
- Use a hand shovel or spade to dig out the area for your raised garden bed and remove any weeds that are present in the soil.
- Place wooden stakes around the perimeter of the area to mark its size, then use string or rope between them to mark where you’ll be placing your wood planks. This step is optional but recommended if you’re working on an uneven surface since it will help keep everything even as you build your garden bed.
- Lay down three parallel layers of 2-by-12 decking boards side by side across each other so that they form an “L” shape when viewed from above (the longest part should be facing away from you). Nail these together using 16d nails at every seam so that there are no gaps between them; I used six screws per board instead because screwing them together makes them stronger than nailing them in my experience! If this isn’t possible due to space constraints then try using shorter pieces instead such as 1/2 inch thick cedar boards because they aren’t quite as wide but still provide plenty of surface area for laying down soil later when building up walls around each individual bed area (this is especially important if growing vegetables since they’ll need space
This is a very helpful blog post that will help you get started on making your own raised garden beds.