How to Make Your Own Raised Garden Beds

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Depending on the size and materials you’ll use, a garden bed can be made in one afternoon! Raised garden beds are perfect for those who are having a hard time dealing with encroaching grass. The soil in a raised garden bed won’t ever become close-packed or dense because you can’t step on the area for growth. Besides, the elevated soil warms early in spring. The soil in raised beds also drains rapidly after a rain if compared to ground-level beds.

Some instructions on how to make one are too complicated and probably too long for you to read. Don’t worry, this blog is easy to follow. After this, you can start with your own raised garden bed right away!

Instructions:

  1. 2:1. This is the ratio of soil to the good-quality compost. You have to fill the bed with both ingredients first. Don’t cut back on soil and compost. Some soil can be sold at an extremely cheap price but can hardly be called “soil”; they’re more like sand. And that won’t be advisable for growing food.

  2. Rake the surface until it’s smooth and even. Be sure the soil is level.

  3. Start planting and watering!

Tips:

  1. You CAN position the plants closer to one another because the manure and fertilizer can be concentrated in the small zone.

  2. When you plant carrots, place fine-textured soil over the surface of the seeds.

  3. When you plant lettuce, prod holes in the soil with your finger at six-inch intervals and place a few seeds into the holes. Wait for the seeds to germinate, then decrease to one seedling per hole.

  4. When you plant cucumbers, be sure to do so along the edge. This way you allow them to trail over the bed’s side.

Styles

I’ll be presenting four styles of garden beds. They all measure 4ft. x 8ft. but you can adjust the measurements according to what you need. You can choose whatever you prefer or you can choose to make all!

  1. Sandbag Bed

The slim and long sandbags can be used to outline your garden bed. Pile two bags and have four bags on each side of the bed. For the dimensions we have, you’ll be needing 20 sandbags.

  1. Log Bed

This style, of course, involves logs. Start with picking straight ones that have at least a foot in diameter. You’ll be needing two pieces of 7-foot logs and two 4-foot logs for the ends. These logs will serve as the bed edges.

  1. Block Bed

Prepare 16 blocks with 8 x 8 x 16 in. measurements. Position them with their open ends facing up the bed. You can fill in the openings with soil which can serve as planting pockets for edible flowers or small herbs.

  1. Wattle Bed

For this style, you’ll be needing 18 pieces of rebar that are 24 inches long, flexible strings about 100 inches long, and a strip of burlap that’s 18 inches wide by 24 feet long. Start off by hammering 2-foot lengths of rebar into the ground which is around the perimeter of the garden bed. Make sure to place them 16 inches away from each other and leave 10 inches of the rebar exposed above the ground. After, pick up straight and lengthy shrub or tree branches and cut them up to ½ inch in diameter. Then weave (basket-style) those sticks through the rebar you’ve set up earlier. Do trim the ends at the bed corners if necessary. When they’ve reached the top of the rebar, grab 2-foot sticks, bend them in half, and stick them into the ground over the woven wattle to hold the sticks in place. Do this every few feet. Lastly, line bed’s sides with burlap to prevent soil from sifting through the wattle.