Tips on Raised Beds Gardening


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When the weather turns cold and dampens our spirits, we crave outdoor activities to take our minds off the dampness and molds that settle upon our gardens when the weather is wet. A raised bed garden can provide a number of options for use in a garden to keep you busy when nature is not quite so forgiving. These gardens can either be built from scratch using low maintenance materials or they can be purchased already built and staked to provide additional functionality. Even if you choose a pre-made raised bed garden plan, there are a number of different options that can give your garden a personal touch that no other garden idea will be able to accomplish. A raised bed garden is easy to build and only requires minimal care when it is finished.

Raised Beds Gardening Idea

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A raised bed garden idea is simple enough to follow. A simple wooden frame with an artificial top layer can be fitted to most standard size beds. On the bottom of the frame, place a shallow dish or basket filled with gravel to catch any overflow water that may occur while the plantings are growing. Additional dirt can be added around the edges of the basket to provide additional drainage. A metal sheet can then be attached to the frame, creating a sturdy cover over the soil. Additional pots can then be added to the basket and lined with low maintenance material or grass clippings.

When you have chosen to try a raised bed garden ideas, there are a number of things that you will need to keep in mind. In order to protect the plants from insects and other dangers, a screen should be placed over the edge of the bed. Many raised bed garden ideas will call for gravel to be placed under the screen to help protect the veggies from heavy rain or snow. This will ensure that no standing water will accumulate on the beds thus reducing the risk of mold or mildew.

Plants For Beds Gardening

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If your raised garden beds will be planted with perennials or annuals, these plants will need to be dug up and put into containers each year. This makes it easier to keep track of your plants and eliminates the hassle of digging holes and storing them year after year. With the proper planning and preparation, you can also include some of your favorite flowers in the gardening process. With some careful planning and research, you can even plant vegetables as well as fruits in your raised garden beds.

There are two popular raised bed garden ideas that include containers for annuals and perennials such as redwood, cedar and cherry. The container can then be placed directly onto the soil beneath the shrubs or vegetables. These containers can range from plastic to metal. Since tomatoes are by their nature a vine, they can be planted directly onto the soil. If you choose tomato plants, you should make sure that you have good drainage.

One other gardening idea is to dig a hole beneath the soil and place a wooden garden bed. This can be done using heavy equipment or hand tools. Once the wooden garden beds have been placed on top of the dirt, add soil and compost to the hole. It is important to have an even mixture of soil and compost in the hole. After the soil mixture has been combined completely, cover the entire area with mulch. These mulches will help retain moisture in the soil.

Reasons To Choose Raised Beds Gardening

Some people choose to use raised bed gardening for aesthetic reasons. One thing that you will need to consider is the possible effects that the raised bed design will have on the environment. If you live in a neighborhood that is especially urbanized, you may find that your raised bed is going to run against an unsightly fence. For this reason, you should make sure that you have landscaping that will match the style of the neighborhood. If your garden is not going to be located in close proximity to the road, you can consider a concrete raised bed design.

Conclusion 

The most popular type of raised bed is one that is made from wood logs. If you want your bed to last for many years, you should consider purchasing wood logs that are treated to resist decay and insects. Most of these logs can also be left untreated so that you can enjoy them for many years to come. Another added benefit of using wood is that you will have the ability to create a cozy hearth without having to dig out the front of your house. Some people even prefer the texture and style of a no-dig raised bed over the texture and style of a cedar raised bed.

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