Create a Raised Bed Garden

Create a Raised Bed Garden

Article by Robert Donaldson

The raised bed is a method of gardening that essentially locates your gardening bed above the ground. An boundary is built then placed above the soil. Soil from your garden or commercial gardening soil can added to the enclosure. Add a two inch layer of compost or dried manure to enrich the soil.

This gardening method offers many advantages over conventional gardening. Using an elevatted bed makes is easier to access and care for your plants. This method provides for more effective drainage and also reduces attacks by insect, bacterial and fungal pests. It also helps conserve water and discourages weed growth.

A bed can be created by simply piling soil above the ground and leveling off the make a growing area. You can also make a border for your bed with wood, bricks, stone, plastic or composite boards or panels. Redwood and pine are also good choices. Cedar is the best wood for creating a raised bed because cedar repels squirrels and many insect pests. Redwood, cedar and pine tend to better resist rot.

Whatever type wood you use, make sure it is not treated with chemicals since harmful harmful substances such as arsenic and copper used in processing can leach into the soil and get absorbed by your plants. Chemical contamination is less of a problem when you use old, weathered wooden boards or masonry materials such as bricks or stone.

There are several enclosure kits available commercially. These kits are inexpensive and well worth the costs. You can also use scrap boards from a supply of construction materials you might have accumulated over the years. Old railroad ties are also suitable for creating an elevated garden.

With a border, your raised bed garden will be neater and easier to access. Several raised placed strategically in your gardening area can make gardening more of a fun experience. You can create a beautiful and interesting garden layout with companion plants situated in several beds. This will help to reduce and even eliminate the need for pesticides.

The ideal height for the raised bed is two to three feet. This height allows you to easily tend your plants and at the same time reduces back strain. Make your raised bed 3′-4′ wide for easy access. The raised bed can be as long as you choose to make it.

Growing plants in a raised bed has been shown to produce greater yield per square foot of space because plants can be placed closer together. The raised bed method allows better root development and therefore better plant development because the soil is not compacted by being tread upon by tractors or gardening equipment and by walking on the soil.

This method of gardening can provide both practicality and better crop production. They are inexpensive to build or buy in a kit. The raised bed can also offer the benefit of growing on soil that is not well suited for crops such as rocky, sandy or heavy clay soils.

When you create a raised bed garden, you make gardening easier and more of a fun experience. Beginning young gardeners are most often fascinated when they see their first garden plants growing in neat, well organized beds. The experience can have the effect of increasing their interest in gardening.

Robert Donaldson is a freelance writer and avid gardener living in Reno, Nevada. website:

Robert Donaldson is a freelance writer and avid gardener living in Reno, Nevada. Website:

For many situations, a raised garden makes sense. If your soil is compacted or rocky or contains a lot of clay, you can get a fresh start above ground with better soil for your plants’ roots. And there’s no rototilling or deep digging necessary with raised beds — simply have topsoil delivered from a reliable source or purchase bags of good-quality potting soil and compost from a garden center. Design and build the raised bed yourself from rot-resistant materials available at home stores, or purchase an easy-to-assemble kit. Once filled with new soil, it will be ready for colorful flowers, tasty herbs, and your favorite vegetables.
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  1. psychodelicdragon says:

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