How About A Raised Garden Bed This Spring?

by Dave Logan


Springtime is here, and though we are still experiencing some colder weather on occasion, it’s time to start thinking about planting flowers and trees, updating your landscaping, and yes, planting that spring garden!

A raised garden bed is a favorite because it can be accomplished in virtually any space. At the minimum, you need a patio, deck, or balcony. Since you’re growing flowers and plants anyway, why not try your hand at growing a garden? It will save you money and provide you with fresh, healthy food for you and your family.

You can build raised garden bed on top of your existing soil. If you have grass or growth on the surface where you want the garden bed, just make sure you place cardboard (or something comparable) down to keep the weeds from penetrating your garden.

You can easily and affordably get some untreated lumber at your local hardware store for the structure of your raised garden bed. Try to keep the structure 3’-4’ wide at the most and as long as you would like (or space allows). Keeping the width to no more than 4' wide ensures you can reach your plants and vegetables from either side without having to step in the garden bed itself. If you want to get creative, you can use fencing, rocks, bricks, cinder blocks, or whatever you like (that is practical, of course) for your garden bed structure. Use your imagination!

For your raised garden bed’s soil, go with compost and organic material. Yes, this is more expensive than simple dirt, but it’s worth it. You will notice a much better yield and the ability to utilize the soil over and over again. Don’t pinch pennies here; buy the best and most rich organic compost you can find.

The beauty with your new raised garden bed is that you can plant your vegetables really close together. You don’t have to have room to walk between plants, so pack those beds full of delicious, healthy vegetables.

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