How would like to have a well-built raised garden bed right on your front yard and see the neighbors envy you! Raised bed gardening is a practical way of gardening in which the a slab of the garden is raised around 16 inches from the ground level making it easier for planting, weeding, etc. It is especially useful for gardens that have less yard space. Also, those people who can’t bend over or are wheel-chair bound can easily do gardening on a raised garden bed.
Raised garden beds are easy to maintain, easy to drain and also give the pleasure of gardening comfortably. The best part is that you can use the garden beds to grow vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants. A raised garden bed can be easily built right on your front porch or patio, which means you need not get distressed if you don’t have a garden! You can grow dahlias, roses, money plants, vegetables or spices like tomatoes, basil, carrots, lettuce, etc. Here’s how to build a raised garden bed.
- The estimated time to build a raised garden is around 2 days. You will need tools like shovel, rake, hammer, stakes and string, wheelbarrow, garden hose, gravel / soil, etc.
- Mark out the perimeter of the bed using stakes and strings or the garden hose. Next, just dig out a 2 inch trench inside that perimeter in order to recess the building material slightly into the ground. In case of an uneven ground, dig the high end deeper, so that the end result is more or less leveled. This will be helpful when you start to construct.
- You may add the top soil layer and the gravel as you gradually start to build. It depends on your design and needs as to whether you want to add it then or after building. Remember to mix the bottom layers of the added topsoil in with the native soil and add as much compost as you can at this time.
- Start building with wood by binding the pieces together with nail and screws. If you are thinking of stone slabs, you may need mortar. Some blocks come with holes for pins that can be hammered into the ground thus keeping the blocks together. The gravel will be helpful in sealing gaps and holes.
- Fill the bed with the mixed top soil, native soil and compost. Allow it to settle for at least a week before you can plant in saplings in it. Irrigation should be light and use a ‘mini water can’ for the same.