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Tips for Raised Bed Gardening
The raised bed garden has been a popular choice for
gardeners for many years. Since colonial times, raised bed
gardening has been a convenient and attractive way to grow fruits,
vegetables, plants and flowers. The definition of a raised bed
garden is one that is elevated above the ground. Although these
gardens vary in size, they are small enough for gardeners to work
in without stepping in them. Like the size, the amount of elevation
can vary as well, up to as high as two feet. There are lots of
benefits to the raised garden, including easier accessibility, pest
control and water conservation.
If you want to plant a raised bed garden, you'll
need to choose your edging material. There are many different
options available to suit any preference. Some gardeners choose
metal for their edging material. Metal edging comes in strips that
are held together by stakes hammered into the ground. While not the
most popular edging option, metal is good for a clean, sleek
appearance. A more popular choice is that of timber. Timber edging
is available in a variety of wood choices and is installed by
laying overlapping strips until the proper height is reached. Or,
go with something like stone or brick for your edging. The
individual stones and bricks will need to be stacked to the
appropriate height and secured with mortar between each layer. If
you're unsure about how to install your edging, consult with an
expert at your local garden center.
Once you've installed the edging material, it's
time to add the soil. Potting soil in many different varieties can
be purchased from your local garden center. One good choice is soil
that is combined with compost. Some gardeners choose soil that also
contains peat moss for the most nutritious environment possible for
the plants. You might also want to purchase mulch to go on top and
add protection and beauty to your garden.
Planting your raised bed garden is the next step.
When you'll want to plant will depend on what you're planting. Some
botanicals need to be planted in spring, some in summer, and some
in fall. Consult with a horticulturist or do some online research
if you're unsure when to plant what you've chosen for your garden.
Raised bed gardens are ideal for everything from flowers to
vegetables. Many people use raised bed gardens as a front yard
adornment and fill them with everything from decorative shrubs to
colorful blooms. The ease and versatility of this type of garden
makes it ideal for many different landscapes and areas.