You have to admit – there are some things that just taste better from your own garden! You can’t beat a vine-ripened tomato or a freshly picked watermelon.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb and are worried about committing to a lot of work with a full-sized garden, you can get hours of enjoyment and sizeable crop yields from a small, raised-bed garden.
In this article, we are going to walk you step-by-step through the process of building a simple, inexpensive raised-bed garden you can enjoy from spring until fall!
Step #1: Choose a Good Spot for Your Bed – You’ll need to make sure your garden has the adequate amount of sunlight for full-sun, partial-shade, or full-shade plants in your climate. Take note of how the sunshine illuminates potential areas of your yard for placement.
Step #2: Put Down Landscaping Fabric to Prevent Existing Weed and Grass Growth – To be super safe, even consider “digging up” the top layer of vegetation underneath your raised bed garden. Landscaping fabric will keep unwanted plants from growing in your bed.
Step #3: Choose Your “Walls” – One thing that’s really cool about a raised-bed garden is that you can use a variety of materials for the walls. You may use lumber, landscaping timbers, concrete blocks, and even “waddle” which consist of interwoven branches. Whatever you choose, make sure the walls are adequately reinforced to hold the soil.
Step #4: Fill Your Raised-Bed – Many master gardeners recommend a 50/50 mixture of topsoil and compost for maximum yield. Make certain the soil is right for the type of garden you want to grow.
Step #5: Plant Your Seedlings – One mistake “first-timers” often make with raised-bed gardens is to plant things too close together. Give your plants adequate room to grow. Follow these steps and you’ll have a dinner table full of delicious, home-grown food!
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