Raised beds are the safest way to grow plants in garden. The raised level does not allow small animals and other creatures to destroy the plants growing. The unwanted grass and weeds will stay away from the growing plants and make it easier to pluck them out. It also provides an attraction to the garden. The advantages of a raised bed garden are almost endless.
As much easy and convenient the raised beds are, it is also easy to make them. A raised bed is nothing but an elevated platform of some kind where you can fill in growing medium and plant the plants. Usually a raised bed is a movable item that is like a flat box without a lid. The raised bed also can be simply a raised ground where the plants are growing. For that there are a few things to note while making them. Here are the few simple steps to a brand new raised bed garden.
- Prepare the soil where the raised bed is planned to have. Tilt it and plough it about 2 feet deep, for smaller plants and deeper for larger plants. The soil must be loose enough to have proper drainage and firm enough to provide ample support for the plants in all stages. Make sure to remove all weeds and pests around.
- Placing a base layer with a flat surfaced object like a wooden board or something similar would protect the growing medium from the pests and other disturbing things from entering the growing area.
- Spread the potting mix over this prepared area. The height of the raised bed is flexible according to the type of plants growing inside.
- With the help of sticks and other usable pipes, weave a fence that covers all four sides of the prepared bed. Fix this fencing on the earth. The fencing may be placed first and then fill out the area or vice versa. Fencing may also be made using logs, boards or bricks and blocks etc. The idea is to have a border high enough to hold raised soil in place.
- The height of the raised bed can be anywhere between 2 foot to as high as 8 foot. For higher raised beds, the fencing would be better if done using blocks and bricks.
- Inside the raised bed, arrange the plants in any way you like to. There can be humps and burrows or a flat surface.
- Once the plants are planted, water the plants and you are done. The raised bed does not hold water for longer time so for the plants that need more water, frequent watering must be done.
- For deep rooted plants, the raised bed also has to be high enough to allow the roots to grow deep without reaching the earth below. One of the aims of having a raised bed is to have a separate growing platform without using the actual earth below. If the roots can reach the ground below then there is no point in having a raised bed.