Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
Raised bed vegetable garden, is easy access gardening, easier on your back, has better drainage and gives you the opportunity to add better quality soil.
Planting is a breeze - It's a lot easier to plant out a raised bed vegetable garden – if you suffer with back pain this will enable you to plant without the pain of bending over.
Raised bed means that you'll have the convenience of adding a good soil mix to your garden, raising it up on existing soil together with fertilizer mixes and mulches, improving fertility.
Keep beds 1 metre (3 feet) wide for easy access, so you can reach the middle from both sides of the garden.
Adding good soil,
and fertiliser to your garden from the outset, gives you a ‘head start’. Alleviating soil compaction, as no one will be walking in your raised bed vegetable garden, the soil will stay fluffy, non-compacted and healthy through many growing seasons.
Raised beds tend to have more plants in less space which means there's less room for weeds, so they’ll be easier to control, especially if your raised bed is in a container.
Planning a raised bed vegetable garden is similar to
planning a regular vegetable garden,
planting straight into existing soil.
Find a location in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of sun and has generally good drainage.
Since you will be adding soil, compost and fertilisers to fill the bed the quality of the base soil is not that critical.
Decide how much you want your garden to be raised, raised garden beds are generally at least a foot higher than the surrounding soil, but you can also build a system to completely raise the garden off the ground by using containers or building a high retainer wall for a boarder. If that's the case, it can be as high as you want or need, but the soil should be a depth of 30 to 60cm deep (1 to 2 feet) to allow for deep rooting of your plants.
Materials used for the boarder can include, wood, old pavers, bricks, tin, ideally using recycled materials, or visit your local garden store to get the materials that you need to build the sides of the bed. As well as soil, compost and fertilizers from a nursery to fill the bed, if you have enough garden compost already FANTASTIC add that.
Mark out the size of your garden with spray paint, rope or a garden hose laid out in the appropriate shape. Measure the sides to determine how much of your chosen edging material you will need.
Once you have your materials sorted out, remove the grass from the area where your bed will be, install the border and add your soil, compost, mulches and fertilizers. A garden tiller or even just a big rake can help you mix the soil and other things together.
Planting a raised bed vegetable garden
Now you have built your raised bed vegetable garden, its time to add some plants.
You’ll be able to fit quite a few plants in the bed as you don’t need to leave space for walk ways. You can stake plants (or put up trellises) for tomatoes, beans and cucumbers to grow up, then place smaller plants around them, you’ll have heaps of vegetables to harvest for the whole family.
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Vegetable Garden Plans
Planning, planning, planning – it’s so important to the final outcome and success of your vegetable garden, when making allowances for your vegetable garden plans and layout