Raised Garden Tips & Information
If you have limited space in your yard or poor soil quality, don’t let that deter you from gardening. Instead, consider using a raised garden bed. There are many benefits to using raised garden beds. You can control the soil type more easily, they keep weeds from invading your garden, provide better drainage and if raised high enough, can even help alleviate back strain from bending over a garden. Elevated garden beds are available in a variety of materials, sizes and styles. There is sure to be a raised bed garden to meet your needs, and if not, you can easily learn how to build a raised garden bed out of materials you may have lying around your home.
Pre-made raised garden beds are available for purchase in a variety of sizes and materials ranging from wood to recycled materials. You can combine different sizes and shapes to fit just about any location. You can also make your own elevated garden beds using materials you may already have lying around. While we recommend using cedar or redwood since they are more rot resistant and won’t break down as easily as other material, you can use anything from rocks to old pallets lined with burlap.
When selecting a location for your raised garden bed find a spot that will provide more sun in the winter than in the summer and gets about 6-8 hours of sun a day.
The ideal height for your raised garden beds is at least 1 foot. If you are constructing your own raised bed garden, you can easily add dimension and interest to your garden by building beds of different heights.
Use a quality prepared garden mix such as SummerWinds Potting Soil. If you are an experienced gardener, you can also make your own soil to meet the needs of your plants.
Consider the location of your raised garden bed and how easy it will be to access your plants. If you have access all the way around, try planning taller plants in the middle. If you can only access one side, plant taller plants in the back. Also take into consideration when your plants will be ready for harvest. Try to plan your garden so you have something to harvest all season long.
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Visit your local SummerWinds Nursery today to learn more about how to use raised garden beds. Our Trusted Garden Advisors are ready to answer all of your questions and even help you learn how to build a raised garden bed on your own.