HOW TO BUILD A RAISED GARDEN BED

Struggling to organize an attractive and suitable garden in your yard? A raised garden bed may be the solution! Although planters and flower pots are great ways to garden, raised garden beds are the best way to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and crowds of seasonal flowers in your yard.

Ideal for small patios, apartments, or yards, raised garden beds are the most manageable way to grow your plants.
Soil is usually the problem when it comes to having a successful garden; however, raised garden beds make it easier to control the soil and defend against pests.

A raised garden bed is typically at ground level, while elevated garden beds are about three feet off the ground. Elevated beds eliminate bending over while gardening and is perfect for gardeners with mobility and back strain issues. To learn how to build your own elevated garden, you can check out this helpful video.

Other options include the type of material you use for your garden bed structure; cedar, concrete, liner, mutli tier. You can also choose if you prefer to use store bought soil or make your own composite.

In this article you will learn how to build your own raised garden bed, and upgrade recipes with the freshly grown ingredients from your backyard!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

-mallet
-raised garden assembly kit
-soil
-landscape fabric
-gardening trowel

SELECT LOCATION AND ASSEMBLE GARDEN BED

If you truly want to DIY this project, you can follow this video to build your raised garden bed from scratch. Most home improvement stores will carry a raised garden bed assembly kit, like this one from the Home Depot.
First, you’ll want to choose a flat area that receives a lot of sunlight for the placement of your raised garden bed. You don’t have to take into consideration the condition of the soil, that will be covered with landscape fabric and new soil.
Once you have selected the area you want to place your raised garden bed, you can assemble the kit.

LINE WITH LANDSCAPE FABRIC

Making sure to cover the entire area, line the bottom of the bed with landscape fabric. This porous barrier between the soil in the bed and the soil in your yard helps keep weeds and grass from growing in the bed, while also allowing water to pass through for drainage.

ADD SOIL

Whatever plant you choose to grow in your garden bed, make sure you choose the soil the best suits the plants for optimal growth. Be sure to add enough soil so that it almost fills the entire bed.

ADD PLANTS AND SEEDS

This part is pretty familiar to gardeners; dig a big enough hole so that plants roots are covered and the soil is secure around the stems, and sprinkle and cover seeds appropriately. Water and conduct regular maintenance. As the plants grow, use any supporting or prop tools necessary such as plant stakes.
Can’t decide what to grow in your garden? Choosing to grow what your appetite typically craves is a great way to determine a theme to your garden. This way, you have all the fresh ingredients you need to make your favorite meals, right in your backyard!

Here are some themed garden suggestions:
Salsa Garden:
Oregano, cilantro, red onions, serrano, fresno chili or chile de arbol pepper, Roma tomato (caged), and tomatillos.

Salad Garden:
Carrots, radishes, onions, lettuce, baby spinach, plant peppers (staked) and tomatoes (caged).

Kitchen Herb Garden:
Oregano, cilantro, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, chives, and basil.
Once your herbs are mature be sure to harvest a little every few days to keep the plants producing.

Keep running plants in mind, like mint. These types of plants are fantastic for the kitchen, but they can crowd other plants and take over an entire garden bed. Your best option is to keep these plants in their own container or bed.

Don’t just stop there! Garden beds make for a wonderful home for flowers or bulbs. Alternating rows of seasonal flowers is a great way to ensure you have something blooming all year around.