Regardless of its length and shape, a typical raised bed garden is three to four feet wide. Ideal for vegetables and flowers, it can be framed in wood, rock or concrete blocks. This form of gardening reduces the risk of foreign elements that can destroy the plants.
Raised Bed Gardens – The Tips for Installation
When choosing wood to frame raised bed gardens, toxin-preserved lumber such as creosote-treated railroad ties should be avoided. Redwood and naturally rot-resistant cedar are safer, and wood infused with alkaline copper quaternary is deemed safe for food crops by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It is important to fasten raised bed gardens with galvanized or stainless steel bolts or screws for naturally rot-resistant or pressure-resistant wood. Instead of filling the bed with garden dirt, soil mix for planters, peat moss and compost should be used and leveled in a 2 x 4 dimension. The bed garden’s site should be free of turf and weeds.
Raised Bed Vegetable – Advantages
Raised bed vegetable gardens eliminate the need for digging and they can reduce the risk of back strain because they can be built according to the height preference of the gardener. These garden boxes get more sunlight than conventional gardens, allowing them to warm up faster. Moreover, the enclosures in raised bed vegetable gardens enable increased control of watering, irrigation and drainage. Elevation prevents domestic animals and children from reaching into and destroying the plants, especially when netting is added around the box. It is suitable for square foot gardening as well as companion planting, mixing crops that are easier to pluck.
Raised Flower Beds – Construction
To allow the gardener to reach the middle of the box from both sides, but wide enough to prevent crowding of the crops, raised flower beds should be narrow enough. After marking the desired place for the bed, a trench can be dug under the edge of the bed at least a few inches deep. The box is then built and fastened into the trench. Dirt is packed around the edge before the bed is filled with soil. In terms of irrigation, flexible poly tubing is the simplest drip irrigation option. An automatic watering system can also be added to the bed garden.