A Guide To Raised Plant Beds

A Guide To Raised Plant Beds

Article by Jasmin Sanchez

Use the proper mix of soil, manure and compost in the raised bed frame you have created so that your plants grow healthy.

Raised beds as the name suggests are higher than the base level of native soil. These can be created using additional materials like lumber to create the boundary for filling the soil or can be made simply by piling soil in a corner. In any case these beds are more accessible, easy to drain, easy to maintain and also keep the soil from compacting. You can not only tailor the soil used in raised beds according to your requirements but since these warm up easily they allow you to start working on your plants earlier especially during spring.

Preparing a raised bed is not very difficult and the following steps will help you through the process.

* Visualize and draw the shape and size of your raised bed. Identify exactly which part of the garden will it be constructed on.

* Measure the available space and add the measurements to your drawing. Calculate the amount of materials you will require to materialize your raised bed.

* Lumber is the most convenient and popularly used medium for creating the bed’s boundary. Other than that you can use a variety of materials including synthetic wood, plastic, railroad ties, rocks and bricks.

* Have the materials you want to use cut in your desired length and shape. Connect the different pieces to obtain your desired design of bed.

* Fix the gardening plastic or weed mat at the bed’s bottom and then displace it to a location which receives sunlight. Make sure you want your bed their permanently because relocating it will not be possible.

* Now fill the bed with soil and nutrient rich compost. Also mix manure to it and make sure that at least 50%of the total soil you use is taken from other parts of your home.

* After mixing organic fertilizers you are ready to stat planting.

After that you will need to regularly monitor for progress. Make sure you take all the necessary steps to keep your plants from all kinds of insect and pest attack. In order to do that, cover them with row-cover until they do not grow so tall that covering them is no longer possible. This is it in a matter of days you will be ready to harvest from your raised bed.

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