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Gardening Tips – Build a Raised Bed Garden for Fresher Vegetables or Flowers

Categories: Home Ownership | Posted: May 30, 2012

New Home Landscaping TipsBuilding a raised bed garden is relatively simple. The key to success in most gardening endeavors is finding the right location. Most vegetables and flowers require full sun which means at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. Pick a relatively flat location near a water source.

The size of a raised bed garden depends upon the area you have. Most raised bed gardens are made from pressure treated lumber using 2 x 6’s or 2 x 8’s. Filling your raised bed garden with dirt may be a challenge especially if you don’t have any area to obtain dirt. Many gardeners build their raised bed gardens in summer and fill them with grass clippings and mix with leaves. This process can take a couple of seasons to make sure the mixture turns into quality compost.

If you’re in a hurry you can get a truckload of dirt. Quality of dirt is important and the better the dirt the     greater the cost. The term “topsoil” does not mean quality dirt and you really need to see the dirt before you order delivery. If you get clay and/or sandy soil you’ll need to build it up with organic materials including peat moss, composted garden waste etc.  Bags of quality soil are also an option.

Budget is also a consideration. Look for gently used treated wood or treated wood seconds that may have cosmetic flaws that can save you money. Old cement blocks, bricks, railroad ties and even rocks can be used. Search “raised bed garden plans” on the web and you’ll find many plans and kits to order. There’s nothing like a fresh vegetable for taste or the satisfaction of raising beautiful flowers in your own functional, long-lasting raised bed garden. – L. Baratto – May 24, 2012

Caroline Ashe

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