Techniques For Raised Bed Gardening

Edward LuceroNov 24, 2009 | edited Nov 24, 2009 - by @EdwardLucero

When you've finished building a bed, whether it's from a kit or something you whipped up from scratch, you can begin preparing for actual raised bed gardening. Though your bed is no doubt in place, it's a big empty spot at the moment. Your next step is where the fun begins.

By using proper soil, keeping disease and weeds down and watering properly, you can start a strong raised bed garden that will perform for years to come.

Managing Soil: pH Levels

The first job you have to complete in raised bed gardening is laying down soil. Try mixing one quarter yard soil and three quarters of compost and sand. This combination will provide a nice base for you to build from. Don't forget to test your soil's pH levels — too high of an alkaline count and your garden is going nowhere.

Weed Killing

The way your raised bed garden is setup should help prevent weeds, but since when have plans ever gone the way they were initially drawn? Put organic mulch over the top of your bed as an added protective measure.

If that doesn't work, try products for weed guarding to make sure those pesky weeds stay away. If this still doesn't stop them, don't worry too much. They're simple to get rid of, and remember gardening is ongoing work. There are going to be setbacks occasionally.

Reasonable Watering

It's just as unhealthy for plants to be watered too much as it is to be ignored. If plants stay wet for long period of time, disease will be more likely to form on the leaves and general bad health will result. To combat this, do your watering by hand and focus on the areas of the garden in which plants are buried and try to avoid watering surrounding areas as well.

If you'd rather not bore yourself, buy an advanced irrigation system with drip technology to keep water even and of a good quantity – and of course in autopilot while you sleep.

Taking Care Of Your Raised Bed Garden

Raised bed gardening hardly requires any maintenance at all, but there are still tasks you must complete to keep a tidy raised bed garden that attracts eyes rather than disgusts them. First of all, water your plants carefully. Try sifting through the soil every now and then, adding in organic matter through and through.

If your plants should come down with disease, empty the bed and change out the soil using that same soil/sand/compost mix I mentioned earlier. Also keep an eye on the physical makeup of your garden, just in case it has started coming apart.

Low maintenance gardeners and lovers of nature enjoy raised bed gardening the most, but it's a great hobby for anyone. It's simple to pretty up your yard and grow some delicious vegetables all at once.

By following the tips above, you'll keep your garden beautiful and secure — for the plants and you, as the owner.

They're beautiful and they cultivate delicious vegetables — do you need more reason to install raised garden beds in your yard today? Take a look at raised bed gardening and how you can transform your garden into the gossip topic of the neighborhood. Buy raised bed gardening kits, equipment and supplies only from verified online sellers.

Gardening Author Nov 25, 2009

I could use your tips to give my plants more care. Gardening is an interesting hobby.

edited Nov 25, 2009 - by @Gardening28478
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