A raised bed vegetable garden can be rewarding, but you will need to keep a few things in mind for obtaining the best results for your garden while you are planning.
Six basic steps, as detailed below, will help you with your raised bed vegetable garden.
1) Plan your garden in such a way that allows for adequate flexibility in respect to space and the possibility for more raised beds.
If you need to make any changes to your original plans in the future, this will enable you to do so without having to restart your project.
2) Allow for the beds to be separate. Joint beds, although they may look attractive in your garden, can create difficulty in moving around.
Therefore, you should leave space between your beds. This will allow you to move easily around and to perform tasks, including watering, harvesting, and cleaning, with ease.
3) Allow for only the best material to be used in your garden. The raised bed system used will balance out the initial costs of the choice material.
Because of this, you can choose to use stone or cedar (durable materials with proven longevity) instead of the cheaper, less durable woods such as pine.
4) Allow for the best amount of sunlight and water to reach your plants every day.
Most vegetables require plenty of light, but this is not the case for all the plants you may find in your garden.
Water is also important for every plant’s health, but make sure to have a proper drainage system so that extra water does not harm the roots.
5) Allow for a careful consideration and selection of the plants you choose to grow in your garden if you want to make the most of your efforts.
Knowing the average maturity period for your plants and chalking that out for each of the beds will allow you to plan the next plants accordingly.
6) Although most of the raised bed vegetable gardens require transportation of the soil, consider using synthetic soil mixed with fertilizer.
Natural fertilizers, such as compost, are the most recommended.
Compost provides your garden with all the nutrients that your plants are going to need, especially nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic contents.
Other organic matter such as grass also enhances your garden because it increases the efficiency of the soil resulting in a much richer harvest.