Understanding How to Work in a Raised Garden Bed
When you decide that you want to start doing your
gardening in a raised garden bed, you should be sure
that you understand how you are going to be
successful. Raised garden beds can be a great way to
garden and ensure that you have gardens that are
accessible and easy to work with.
Location is Key
First, you are going to want to make sure that you
know where you are going to put your garden beds.
Where you put your raised garden beds will
influence what you are able to grow in the bed and
you should be prepared for that effect and know
how you are going to deal with it.
You want to make sure that your raised bed with vegetables in it will get at least eight to ten
hours of sunlight each day. If it is necessary, you may be able to get your bed by with only
having six hours of sunlight shining on it throughout the day.
Size Things Up
Second, you will want to consider the size of the plants that you are going to be putting in the
beds. You want to ensure that each bed has enough space for the plants to fully mature and
grow, this way you can be sure that you are not overcrowding the box.
Planting a large tree in your raised garden bed is not going to be a good idea because there are a
lot of people that do not realize that the roots will
break through the walls of the bed. Taking time to
find plants that are size appropriate will ensure that
your bed is not too crowded.
The plants should have enough room to spread out
as far as they need to. This can be difficult to judge
and, unfortunately, you may find that you are stuck
dealing with plants that have grown more than you
thought that they would when you were planting
them in the box.
Plan Out the Future
As you are maintaining your raised garden beds, you should be sure that you are watering them
on a regular basis. Because the plants are not in the ground, the soil around them will dry up
quicker than the plants that are in the ground, and require watering more consistently.
Finding a way to install an irrigation system or even install a soaker hose will ensure that you are
not spending too much time watering by hand. If you do not know how to make these
installations, talk with other gardeners to see if there is anyone that is willing to help you.
Being stuck watering that much can be difficult and you will want to find the best way that you
can to avoid this process. If you end up watering by hand, you should make watering part of your
daily routine so you can be sure that your plants do not dry out in the box.
Take the time that you need to set your raised garden bed up for success. This way, you can reap
the benefits of cultivating a successful garden.
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