How Does One Create a Raised Bed Garden?
Both amateur and expert gardeners will agree that creating raised bed gardens make horticulture less of a hassle. More than just a fun project to start, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to raised bed gardens.
They are ideal for growing vegetables and flowers because they keep weeds out of the soil. It also prevents the restriction of the movement of air and water into and through the soil. This is perfect for keeping pests like snugs and sails from your plants. How the raised bed garden is structured will keep your garden soil from being washed away whenever there is heavy rain. For people who make use of raised bed gardens, they are able to plant early in the season because the soil is just the right temperature and is drained pretty well.
Fondly called “plant parenthood”, raised bed gardens allow for avoiding all the challenges that come with gardening. Here we will provide tips and a step-by-step guide on how to create a raised bed garden for your home.
Finding the perfect location
What you want is for the walls of your garden bed to be level. Find a place in the garden where it is flat, away from the shade, and has good access to sunlight.
The ideal height of a raised bed garden is 2 feet, but you can definitely go a foot or two higher. The ideal dimensions for growing tomatoes are 3×6 feet. From there you can adjust the dimensions to satisfy planting space required for a certain vegetable or flower.
Do not use garden soil to fill your bed. You can choose to use soil mixes for planters, peat moss, or compost. If you can, try building more beds so that you can easily rotate the plants. You can also align them in a straight row so that it would be easy for you to create an irrigation system for it.
Prepare the site of the raising beds properly
One of the first things you will need to do is to remove the weeds that might have grown in the site. Afterwards, mark the dimensions of your bed on the ground and dig deep on the outline. Bury half of the lumber in it. Remember that one of the purposes of the bed is to have a proper drainage system so that your plants can get enough water and not drown in it, so drill holes at the sides of your bed.
When you have done this, level the earth at the bottom of the bed and put weed control fabric. At this point, you can also consider putting a hardware cloth at the bottom layer. This is to keep off pests from burrowing into the bed. Other than your home crops, the raised bed garden will have worms in it. Keep it out of reach from all kinds of pests that might be interested.
Keep burying the lumber separately and then fasten them together into position. You can sink posts at the inside corners of the bed so that you can lessen the outward pressure exerted on the frame. This helps your setup last longer.
To finish it off, you can put a cap railing around the bed to secure it even more. After working on your raised bed, you can make use of the cap railing to check out your home crops and appreciate a good day’s worth of labor.
Planting the seedlings
Now comes the best part: planting the seedlings for your raised bed gardens. Dig small holes for your seedlings, but make sure there is enough space for the plant to grow between plants. Put fertilizer first, put the seedling in, and then cover it with the soil.
Create protection from extreme weather and other pests
Some people use bed covers to keep the plants warm during the cold weather. Others build an intricate looking system to make sure temperature and the soil moisture is plant friendly.
What they do is they use a flexible PVC tubing that will be bent over the bed, and they use galvanized straps to mount it in. They then use a clear polyethelene film as a cover. This is great if the weather is cold so that you can have control over the air and soil temperature your plants are getting.
Be careful during the warmer days because your plant might suffer too much heat from the sun coming through the film. What you can do is to create a vent on the film or remove it completely. You can just replace it with a gauze-like cover like bird netting.
The purpose of the covers is not just for controlling the temperature, but also for keeping it away from other kinds of pests like insects or birds.
Layout the proper irrigation system for your plants
You should know that the sides of the bed warm up very easily, and a proper irrigation system can help give the soil proper moisture even when it is under the heat of the sun.
Some would have valves installed so that water pressure is controlled whenever it is turned on. It would be best to ask help from plumbers so that you know it is installed properly. This is also so backflow can be prevented. You can time them to turn on every morning.
Just make sure that the tubing for the valves are buried a few inches in the soil and covered in mulch to protect it from the varying temperatures.
It looks daunting now when you read it, but building a raised bed garden for your home crops will definitely be one of the best choices for your home gardening needs. It protects them from unwanted pests, varying temperatures, and most of all, it can provide your house with organic homegrown food items you can use for your dishes.
As an added bonus, it can be a project that the whole family can do together. Layout your plans for the raised bed garden together with your kids, have then plant the seedlings, and enjoy the crops as a family once it grows.