What You Should Know About Raised Bed Garden Plans

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

Growing in popularity among backyard gardeners, raised bed gardens sit above the ground rather than in the ground, a condition that facilitates growth, defies space restrictions and provides those with mobility issues to tend the garden. Raised bed garden plans consist of choosing materials for constructing a frame, where to place the raised garden and what kind of vegetables, fruits or flowers the gardener wants to plant in the raised garden. With advantages such as back strain reduction, soil drainage improvement, potential for increasing crop output and efficient utilization of space, raised bed gardens provide gardeners with the ability to manage plants using a direct, more convenient approach.

Before gardeners start composing their raised bed garden plans, certain key aspects should be addressed, including:

Type of frame–wood, rocks, bricks or cement blocks

Type of crop –some crops need abundant sunshine while other require less light. Place your raised garden in an area that receives the necessary sunlight conducive to optimal growth of the item you intend to plant

Soil drainage–existing soil quality will determine how deep the bed will be. If the soil is less than desirable, beds will require an addition of higher quality soil, with up to eight inches being the optimal level for most raised gardens.

Popular choices for wood borders are cedar or redwood. Both are highly resistant to water damage and also enhance the appearance of a garden with their rich, deep color. Avoid wood that has been treated with chemicals for preservation purposes. Although wood saturated with ACQ, or alkaline copper quaternary, is considered safe to use around food crops, gardeners should purchase landscape fabric with which to line the inside of the bed if building a raised garden from this kind of wood. This screen allows water and air to permeate the soil but prevents contact between ACQ wood and soil. In addition, always construct wooden raised garden beds using stainless or galvanized screws that do not rust.

Position the frame of the bed in trenches about two or three inches deep and make sure the posts fit firmly into the ground. Fill the bed loosely with high-quality soil/compost blend favorable for growing any kind of plant. Establish a watering system by placing soaker hoses within the dirt for ease of watering whenever necessary.

Because gardeners of raised beds control the amount of sunlight reaching the raised bed garden, this will potentially lengthen the growing season and allow plants to be placed more closely together inside the box. This increases crop yields, maximizes watering efficiency and inhibits weed growth. People suffering from back trouble who love to garden also benefit from a raised garden because less bending is required when tending to the garden.

Remember to always perform research on the items you intend to plant to determine sunlight needs. Find out whether certain plants will tower over other plants once growing begins. This can block sunlight that other plants may need to flourish. In addition, the fruiting and flowering stages of some plants will need stronger wavelengths for photosynthesis purposes. Plan your raised garden appropriately with these essential stipulations in mind to enjoy a lush and plentiful garden.

Jack Russell is retired and likes pottering in his herb and vegetable garden. He is not an expert but is building a raised bed garden. Jack has found helpful information about plans and kits  at  http://www.raisedbedgardens.net  You can also sign up for a free newsletter and a free copy of an interesting 100 year old book on growing herbs.

What You Should Know About Raised Garden Beds

Copyright (c) 2012 Jack Russell

Raised garden beds are simply garden beds that are elevated above the ground upon which they’re built. These are typically retained within some type of framework. Hilled garden beds also belong within this category.

Benefits To These Garden Beds

There are a lot of different benefits to having one of these types of garden beds. One of the biggest benefits is that you’ll have more of an edge because these gardens offer a long bed in a small section. This is beneficial in that you’ll find a lot more favorable environmental conditions there that will enable them to be very productive.

You’ll also be able to plant your crops closer together. This is because you don’t need to leave room for things like walkways. As such, every square foot of your garden will be more productive. With your plants growing close together there will also be less likelihood of weeds growing since the plants will shade the soil.

One final benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked is that the condition of the soil will be better since nobody will be walking on it. This is why these make great no-till gardens. You simply need to keep the soil amended with organic matter so that the natural life therein will work to your benefit. Of course, this is also much better for the soil and ultimately, for your crops as well.

Caring For These Garden Bed

Now that you know what the benefits are to these garden beds, you may want one of your own. Before creating one, you should know a few tips about how to care for it:

* Placing mulch in your garden is another way in which to guard against weeds. This mulch can be made from any organic material as long as they cover the ground.

* Placing an irrigation hose throughout your garden makes watering easier. Soaker hoses are best since they don’t waste water. Regardless of the type of hose you use, make sure to put it on a timer so that you know exactly how long your garden is being watered. The best time for watering is early morning or late evening so that the sun doesn’t soak up all the water.

* Spraying your plants’ leaves with a combination of water and diluted fertilizer early in the morning or late at night is also important. This should be done weekly.

* It is also important to take care of pests before your plants become heavily infested with them. This can be done with either a chemical or an organic means. You can also use companion planting but this will take some research. Herein you’ll learn which plants should be placed together in order to keep the pests away.

A Final Word About These Garden Beds

Raised garden beds look great. Your vegetables will also be well cared for if you follow the aforementioned tips. This means that you’ll be able to reap all of the great benefits that these garden beds can bring your way.

Jack Russell is retired and likes pottering in his herb and vegetable garden. He is not an expert but likes  raised garden beds which seem beneficial. Jack has found a lot of helpful information at http://www.raisedbedgardens.net  You can also sign up for a free newsletter and a free copy of an interesting 100 year old book on growing herbs.

Garden Planters – The Tips You Need To Know To Grow Vegetables In Them

If you’re itching to get your green thumb on, but want to do more than grow flowers, you should consider your own vegetable and fruit gardens. You may be thinking your backyard doesn’t have good enough soil to grow great vegetables and fruits. That may be true, but you still don’t have to give up. Instead, create a better yard, through garden planters.

You don’t want to pay a fortune to add layers of right topsoil to your whole yard when you really only need the richer soil in the specific places where the plants are going to be growing. You may not have done the research before, but it could be hundreds to thousands of dollars to have a complete layer of topsoil placed on your yard. So, why not just create smaller rich planting venues with garden planters?

Instead of trying to prepare a whole yard, you can decide where you want your garden to grow and put garden planters in the right formation. Then fill them with potting soil or topsoil that the plants will thrive in, and plant away.

If you really want to dress up your garden area, you can choose some of the more decorative garden planters out there. Some can go with the theme of your yard, being made to look like a number of animals outdoor scenery pieces that blend in with your natural backyard look. Others will look like they are finely sculpted pieces of stone that were meant to be in a statuary.

Not everyone wants that look through. Some want it to look like they planted their back yard with a very traditional and simple garden. Even if you don’t want to see the garden planters, you can still have them in the yard; you just need to make sure they are not visible. In this case you will want to get the simple and economical garden planters and bury them in the backyard, with the top right at the surface of the ground. Then you still have the same rich ground to plant in, but no evidence.

Another beneficial part of using garden planters is that you can be the envy of the neighborhood by having the first harvestable garden on the block. While they will think you put out a lot of money to have full grown plants imported, so you could drop them in the ground as soon as it was ready, you will know that you really started some of those garden planters early on in the pantry or another room in the house. It’s also nice to know that when you have a desire to do a little gardening that even Mother Nature and her freezing fury can’t stop you, you just need to relocate the already growing plants when the outside temperature is ready for them.

With the help of garden planters you’ll be able to enjoy gardening all year round and also reap the rewards of fresh fruits and vegetables on your dinner table.

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