Whether you choose to purchase a readily made or create a handcrafted raised garden bed, there are many things to think about. Raised beds are an ideal way to garden as the beds are easy to transport and are available in many sizes. Below, we will take a look at five questions you should always ask yourself before planning your raised bed garden!
1. What is the ideal size for your garden?
As a rule of thumb, most raised beds are approximately 3-4 feet wide and are 6-8 feet in length. This is the perfect size to allow for quick gardening and easy access. You do need to give the height some thought as not doing so can negatively impact plant growth. For example, some gardeners opt to use raised garden beds in a concrete driveway, which can work well, but not if the plants don't have space for their roots. A raised bed that's too shallow will cause the plants to hit their roots against a hard surface, therefore, a bed that's 10-12 inches deep is a good place to start.
2. How can you remove grass from an area where your raised bed will get installed?
Instead of pulling and mowing, there is a much better way to compact grass that may interfere with your new garden. You need to choose the dimensions of your garden, then add a layer of cardboard on top. Apply a layer of soil to the cardboard and the layers beneath will break down. This method is eco-friendly and easily works to clear space for your new garden.
3. How is garden bed shifting prevented?
Over time, your carefully planted garden bed may shift and expand, but that is easily stopped with garden stakes. Purchase a couple of stakes and install them midpoint to secure the locations of your raised garden beds.
4. Where is the ideal location for your new garden bed?
One of the easiest mistakes to make with any type of gardening is to ignore the amount of light plants need. For healthy growth, your plants require anywhere from 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. You may find that in your yard, side of the house or driveway, but do give it some consideration before planning your garden.
5. Is it possible to install an irrigation system?
The short answer is yes! Before you fill in your garden beds, attach a hose to a water-filled barrel or tap to create a drip irrigation system. You are able to run your hose lines throughout your bed and along the sides for perfect coverage. Your bed is also more adaptable when you set it up around an irrigation system.
Raised garden beds are the perfect solutions to container gardening! They provide the ideal controlled environment for your plants and offer mobility when other types of gardening just don't. You can control your plants much better and have the ability to move them to a better location if your chosen one doesn't work out.