If you’ve ever wondered how to plant a raised bed garden, then this is the guide for you. It’ll take you through the steps of planning your garden and choosing materials and plants, right through to planting them out and tending them. By following our simple steps below, you’ll be able to have a garden that looks like it was always meant to be!
Choose your site
You can choose your garden location based on the amount of sunlight it gets. If you want an easy-to-grow vegetable garden, make sure that the site is in full sun (at least 6 hours per day). If you have a shady yard, grow shade-loving plants like hostas and ferns instead of tomatoes and corn.
Choose a site away from trees and structures to prevent erosion caused by falling branches or debris.
If there is standing water in the area, do not plant near it because plants will rot when they are watered with contaminated water. Also avoid planting close to ponds because they attract mosquitoes which carry diseases such as West Nile Virus or Zika virus – both of which can be transmitted through mosquito bites!
Make sure that there is no compacted soil underfoot because this makes digging difficult for future planting endeavors as well as watering plants later on down the road too! And lastly, check if your chosen spot has enough drainage so that excess moisture doesn’t stay around too long before evaporating naturally with enough sunshine exposure throughout each day (i.e., don’t plant near basements unless you plan on installing drainage pipes underneath).
Choose your shape
You might be wondering, “How do I shape my raised bed garden?” There are several options available to you. The most traditional shape for a raised bed garden is rectangular. Rectangular beds are easy to build and maintain, which makes them a good choice if you’re just starting out. They also work well in smaller spaces, where square or round beds might feel too cramped.
Round beds can be a good choice if you have limited space available for your gardening plans—they take up less area than their rectangular counterparts while still giving plenty of room for planting crops and flowers! If you like the look of an oval-shaped bed but don’t have the room for one (or lack the time or energy), consider an elongated hexagonal shape instead: they offer all of the benefits of an oval without as much wasted space around its edges!
Choose your materials
There are a number of materials you can use to construct your raised bed garden. Your choice will depend on the type, size and shape of your garden and what types of plants you’re planning on growing. The most common materials include wooden planks, concrete blocks, stone, bricks and plastic or timber frames. In addition to these options, metal frames are also becoming increasingly popular among modern gardeners who want a contemporary look for their gardens.
Fill it up!
Now that your bed has been built, it’s time to fill it up! If you are planting in a new area of your yard (or just moving plants from another part of your yard), make sure that the soil is free from weeds and grass. You can use a weeder tool or simply pull out the growing plants by hand. Be careful not to damage roots as you remove them.
Once you have cleaned out your garden area, it’s time to fill in with fresh soil. You may need some help lifting bags of topsoil or compost into place on top of the wood slats if they are too heavy for one person to handle alone. Do not add any soil amendments at this point–those will come later when we discuss how best to care for your new garden beds!
Now that you have your raised bed built, it’s time to add the soil. You can start by adding a thin layer of compost for soil conditioner and then follow up with a shovelful of good garden soil. This will help improve drainage and make sure everything is nice and smooth. The last step is to water your new garden bed well before planting anything in it!
Plant it out!
It’s time to plant your garden! We suggest you:
- Plant in rows. This will keep your plants straight and help you easily know where to weed and water.
- Plant in blocks. This can be a great way to design a garden that is functional and beautiful at the same time, especially if you have a large space with many beds or planters scattered around your yard or patio area. It’s also helpful for areas with limited space because it allows for more planting options than just rows would allow. For example, if you only had room for one row of carrots but wanted three different varieties (or two or four), planting them all together would require much more space than if they were planted in three separate blocks made up of two rows each (you’d still need just one bed). You could also grow crops like tomatoes or squash vertically rather than horizontally by using trellises made from metal poles secured into the ground with stakes driven into each end—the trellis would be attached directly above one block instead of being strung across multiple beds as in our previous example!
Growing in raised beds has many advantages; it reduces weeding, improves drainage and allows more control over the soil quality.
Raised beds have many advantages, as they provide:
- Reduced weeding
- Improved drainage
- More control over soil quality (via the use of mulch and compost)
The benefits don’t stop there. The raised bed garden also reduces soil compaction from heavy foot traffic, water evaporation and erosion due to wind or rain. It also helps minimize salinity in the soil by reducing salt spray from dew on leaves during watering, which would otherwise accumulate and be deposited into your garden bed.
Now that you know how to make your own raised bed garden, it’s time to get planting. If you don’t already have an area in mind, take a look at our top tips for finding the right spot and make sure you pick somewhere sunny and not too windy! If all else fails, just remember that there are plenty more plants than people who need them – so even if your first attempt doesn’t work out perfectly, don’t let it get you down. With some hard work and determination (and maybe some help from us), we promise there’ll be many more successful gardens in your future!