If you are planning on building raised garden beds then it is very important to have some sort of plan in place. You may have made this decision for many reasons including lack of garden space, poor soil or the need for year round cultivation. Whatever your motivation for building raised garden beds, this article is for you.
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1. Consider if your garden will be in the preferred location. Locations will need to provide plenty of sunshine for your plants! Track the sun at a variety of areas noting where the sunlight shines upon your yard shedding a minimum of 6 hours direct sun. Without sufficient sunlight, your plants will be wither before your eyes.
2. Have your water source close the garden beds. Raised bed will be easier to maintain, but to avoid excess drying, you will want to provide the gardens with routine deep soaking. To keep your beds lush looking, the soil will need to be kept moist. Not to be concern over wasted water as there won’t be run off as in traditional gardens.
3. Because the garden beds are raised, adding moisture saving mulching will require extra hoisting for the gardener. The easy thing to do is adding the black landscaping plastic or cloth to keep weeds at a minimum!
4. If you are planning to install an arbor, shed or a statue, consider which may obstruct the sun from the garden. The order of installation needs to be around the garage, statue, or privacy fencing to open up sufficient sun rays when deciding where to build the raised garden.
5. Also, it is a good idea to provide the top of the side walls with a 4 to 5 inch flat top ledge. The top rail is a great place to put the plants, garden tools, and your cups favorite beverage while tending to your gardening.
6. Plan ahead if relocating the beds may be an option in the future. Determine when constructing the bed boxes, if you want the screws on the inside which will be buried and get covered with soil and probably eventually become corroded. Consider building the raised garden beds with the extra sturdy lag screws are on the outside. If the lag screws are installed at each corner, the bed can easily be picked up and placed in a new location.
7. For your ease of assembly, there are a variety of kits on the market allowing assembly and disassembly more convenient. Installing bed boxes designed with railroad ties, timbers or any type of blocks, relocating will require a major project and more difficult than using redwood, cedar or plastic.
8. When implementing the composting methods, gardeners are able to use minimal tooling such as hand trowel, weeder, or spade, particularly if it is a square foot garden of around than 4 feet by 4 feet and around 8 inches high. Deeper beds height of over 12 inches, may drive you to use a rototiller to sustain the soil aeration and other soil properties.
As a gardener, your imagination will allow you to create your own signature on the look of the gardens. Raised gardens will provide focal points of your landscape!
Those who enjoy gardening, landscaping or repairs for home or want to engage a hobby, there is come a time when tasks will test the patience of the user. Here your will find tips and tooling making your gardening easier and more enjoyable.