You are growing the garden all by yourself? You are craving for exercising your brain muscle with some hands-on experience? You can’t wait to turn your small yard into the garden in your fantasy?
Then this DIY project is what you are looking for! With the raised garden bed, you are no longer freaking out with the contaminated soil, the pest invasion, the inordinate amount of weeding and the unaesthetic appearance of the garden. Many problems can be solved with only one bed.
Yes, after considering all the benefits, hesitate no more and dig into doing a raised garden bed yourself. To save more time and effort, let’s take a brief look through our article below. You won’t get disappointed with the valuable information from the top experts all around the world.
With this fall, you will get yourself a decent project and something to share with the whole family. We have compiled dozens of tips from green thumb experts and enthusiasts for the beginners or even experienced gardeners about DIY raised garden beds.
Here are some questions we crave for answers:
1. What are the best vegetables to plant in a raised garden bed?
2. How do I stop weeds from growing up into raised flower beds?
3. How to water raised garden beds?
4. How close to grow plants in a raised bed?
We’ve made a summary list of answers. They are all so detailed answers which will satisfy your curiosity about a DIY raised garden bed. Let’s dive in the information with…
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Firstly, when building a raised garden bed, check whether the material is rot-resistant wood such as black locust, teak, ipe and etc…. If the answer is no, before adding the soil, staple heavy-duty plastic along the inner side of your bed.
Secondly, while filling the bed with soil and plants, pay special attention to the plan roots. If you use container plants, loosen up the root ball. Doing this can promote good nutrient absorption.
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Cover with polyethylene in early spring or fall. The plastic sheeting help the plants grow much faster and return higher yields. However, laying this sheet won’t be appropriate with cooler regions and crops in the cool seasons.
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There are many materials can be reused for the DIY project. However, choosing the right one will benefit your crop and save your effort. When doing some objects yourself, you surely consider the financial savings. But don’t earn yourself trouble when you have to redo it the second time because of insufficient knowledge.
In the article, they mention concrete blocks or bricks as material. But this will gradually increase the soil pH. Even railroad ties are made use of yet without much approval.
Though the very old ones may be fine, newer ties use creosote-treated timber, which is toxic.
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You should have enough tools for the comfort of a DIY project: collecting leaves and lightweight debris leaf rakes, heavy-duty bow rake or cutting out weeds hoe. Find out your need, and take advantage of these tools to make the job easier.
Subjectively, at least being 9 inches high would ensure enough soil depth for your plant.
It’s really about soil depth and what your vegetables need to choose the suitable veggies to grow. Corn, for example, needs a bit more space. If you plant corn in a raised garden bed, then you want the bottom of the garden bed to be open to the soil below, so the vegetables can draw more nutrients. Smaller things tend to do better if it’s a closed-bottom garden bed.
Cedar is most common and naturally weather proof, but a lot of people use pressure-treated wood now as well. The FDA has approved it for use, but some people still don’t like the idea of the chemicals used to treat the wood.You can put landscape fabric in the bottom for weed control. But airborne seeds always find their way to soil, so you’ll likely just need to do some weeding every so often.
The spacing between plants is the same as if they’re in the ground. It varies by what is planted.
These answers are given by Marielle’s hubby, a raised bed expert!
The perfect height is 30 inches
The best veggies to grow would be based on where you are due to climate. But generally speaking, don't plant anything that would be out of reach once they are fully grown such as corn. Good veggies to plant: tomatoes, peppers, salad, zucchini, cucumbers.
You would have to pick the weed out. Because they are at your waist level, they are much easier to weed out.
Never water during sunlight (at dawn is best). Water daily if it doesn't rain.
Based on the vegetable, the plant spacing is different. Some you can plant close together while others have to be further apart. For example, zucchini has to be at least 20 inches apart while peppers only need to be 6 inches apart.
Bonus: You can reuse the same soil every year but just be sure to add some compost and to turn the dirt.
As far as I am aware you can grow any vegetables in a raised bed, but remember potatoes will need to be earthed up. I have grown carrots, runner beans, beetroot and onions to name a few. Root vegetables are very good to grow as you can control the quality of compost and soil.
As in a ground level garden you just have to keep an eye out for weeds.
A watering can or hose, as you would water a garden, can be used for watering the raised garden bed.
The space between plants is exactly the same spacing as you would in a garden. The plants need room to grow. A raised bed is a garden but not at ground level, so there is less bending involved. (Depending on the height).
You can pretty much grow anything in raised beds if they are big enough, I have grown large plants like tomatoes, pumpkins, corn, sunflowers, even berry bushes.
You can put down weed fabric at the bottom of the bed before you add the soil, but weeds will always find a way. I like to use straw or mulch to block weeds, but I don't think there is a way to totally eliminate weeds when gardening.
Watering raised beds is just like watering a regular garden, you can either use a sprinkler or use soaker hoses. Raised beds do tend to dry out faster than traditional gardening so you might have to water more frequently.
You would want to follow the plant spacing for whatever variety of plant you are growing (info on spacing can be found on the back of the seed packet or plant label). Just like traditional "in ground" gardening, you can choose to do square foot gardening grids or plant in rows.
You can garden in raised beds pretty much the same way you garden in the ground, but the advantages are less weeds and you have more control over the soil quality!
It really depends on where you live. Your best bet is to consult a local plant nursery. Their employees are usually very knowledgeable and happy to help. You can plant almost any kind of annual vegetable as far as I know. Just be careful when planting carrots, and be sure you have enough depth for the variety you are planting. I always buy seeds for shorter carrots, since my beds are only a foot tall.
I just have to pull the weeds throughout the growing season because I don't want chemicals in my food. When the growing season is done, you can place a layer of newspaper and/or clean cardboard on top of the beds to prevent them from getting overrun by weeds. As an added bonus, the paper will break down over time into a compost.
I just water them almost daily with a hose. It depends on the needs of the plants. You can install a drip system, but we only do that with our permanent landscaping, so that I have the flexibility to change up our beds between seasons and even several times in one season (for lettuce and short lived crops)
The space also depends on what you are growing. Your seed packets will indicate spacing. I will add though, that when squash seeds say something like three seeds per hill. You can totally just designate a corner of a bed as a hill. The leaves will spill over the side into your yard, but it should be plenty of space, root wise
Any vegetables can be planted in a raised bed, depending on your own preferences and room. If it's a fairly shallow one, however, that's not open to the ground beneath, avoid vegetables with extensive or deep root systems - most root vegetables and indeterminate tomatoes, for instance.
You can't effectively control weed growth. A raised bed that's deep enough (generally, over a foot) you can either put a deep layer of cardboard/newspaper at the base, or even a formal weed barrier. That should stop most weed roots from growing up into your new bed. However, you can't use that in shallower beds (the barrier needs to be deep enough down that it doesn't restrict the root growth of your own plants - see above!), and nothing will prevent the growth of weeds whose seeds drift in. So weeding will still need to occur.
Same as you water any other bed. If you just have one, hand water with a hose or watering can. If you have a lot of beds, it might be worthwhile to construct a drip irrigation system.
If you have a lot of sun and are willing to fertilize and water heavily, you can use the recommendations for square foot gardening. I have mound-style long raised beds at my p-patch and use the recommendations on the seed packet. I do rows across the raised bed, and use the spacing between rows and between plants in the rows that the seed packet recommends for that variety.
Knowing what to plant when for your area is Randy's First Rule of Gardening! So what's best to plant is what is in season. A raised bed can be any material and any size as long as it's at least a foot deep of good soil. Any veggie in the season will grow well in a raised bed, though some take up a lot of space and aren't great for smaller containers.
Every county has a Planting Calendar through the Agricultural Extension Service and Master Gardener program for your state.
We remove all the grass/weeds to 8" deep under our raised beds with a mattock/grub hoe/pick-axe before setting up the raised bed. You can also add a few layers of cardboard to suppress weeds, especially if you have Bermuda grass.
I prefer new gardeners water by hand with a watering can to promote daily attendance in the garden and learning the habits of watchfulness that makes good gardening. Watering with a can is the best pace to allow water to absorb deep into the soil. Hoses run too fast, so I recommend making three laps with a nice gentle shower nozzle if you have to use one.
Do a search for a plant spacing chart, follow the spacing guides on the seed package or plant tag. Over-crowding your plants is hard to avoid because you want to get the most you can in your limited space and when you plant baby plants or seeds things look very spacious. Each veggie has a different average mature size to work from.
Books or websites on Square Foot Gardening give good introductions to the principles of maximizing your planting space without over-crowding, though I tell folks to take some of the string-grids and precision measuring to the inch with a big block of salt.
There is no 100% way of keeping weeds or even grass out of your raised beds, a little elbow grease and minimal pulling 2 to 3 times a weeks helps it all very manageable.
My husband and I hooked up a drip and spray irrigation system to our outside water faucet, we turn it on as needed for 10 minutes at a time to spray each bed. We use the one your get at the big box outdoor stores, easy to set up and replace if it gets damaged.
I use the spacing rules for each plant as it dictates on the seeds. I also crop rotate my beds, so if I plant potatoes in the bed bed one season, I will plant peppers in the same bed next season to change it up. We also have our own vermicompost (worm compost) and mulch system in our backyard, so we let one bed rest and each season to restock the nutrients with the mulch and vermicompost.
You can put mulch down between the plants. Pull weeds when they are small. My husband put in a drip irrigation system to water. Planting vegetables depends on the vegetables. Some require 12", some 18", some less.
Tomatoes (especially Plum tomatoes) work awesome in a raised bed. They particularly like the highest part of a raised bed. It helps them with root growth. String beans like the lower raised bed area. I like to place the Peppermint or spearmint in its terracotta pot, in the center of the raised bed. I found it helps keep away the critters. Spinach and Swiss Chard grow nicely on the lowest raised bed.I found that weeding is always necessary. But, I do find that if the plant grows pretty big, weeds can’t survive. Like with my tomato plants, there is very rarely any weeds.
I have a rain barrel nearby and use a large watering can to water the raised bed. I did run the water hose into the garden but found that it didn’t work the best so I removed it and decided to do the old fashion way. I find that the higher the raised bed the more it holds the soil moist. So I don’t need to water much if there was a pretty good rainfall once or twice a week.I
found that 6-8 inches apart work nicely. They fill up and don’t allow a lot of weeds to grow. I like to place them in a zig-zag pattern to allow me to fit a few more on each level. Hope this helps.
I keep weeds out of raised beds or any other garden location by using mulch. I've used a lot of straw mulch in the past and now I am using wood chips since there is a local tree company that gives them to me for free.
We as gardeners are about to receive a very valuable gift from nature in the next few weeks and that is fall leaves. They are fabulous for mulch, mold, or compost. I wrote a post about how to use them, you can view it here: http://ladyleeshome.com/leaf-mold-leaf-mulch-leaf-compost/
Another post you might like to read is my 22 crops to grow in a small garden. I list my favorite vegetables to grow in the small garden. You can read it here: http://ladyleeshome.com/22-crops-to-grow-in-the-tiniest-garden/
To fertilize my garden I use Espoma, I explain it here in this post: http://ladyleeshome.com/choosing-organic-soil-supplements/
This past year I also used fish fertilizer that I got from Amazon. It seems to work great too.
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