Raised Beds for Beginners

Raised Beds for Beginners

You just purchased your new raised bed. Now what do you do? An empty bed grows nothing! Here are a few quick tips to help you get started growing today!

What You'll Need

      1) Soil Mixture, about 8 cubic feet for a 4' x 4' bed that is 6" high
      2) Compost, you can combine store bought with your own if you have some at home
      3) Weed Barrier, enough for each 4' x 4' bed, 2 beds would require 4' x 8' or for lining below the bed
    4) Seedlings or Seeds if you wish, whatever you wish to grow in your bed!

One quick note about setting up your raised bed. If you have decided to place your bed directly on grass or a spot that might have stubborn weeds, you can use your Weed Barrier fabric directly on the ground to prevent weeds and/or grass from growing up from underneath the bed. If you'd like you can also use it on top as directed below, to prevent weeds from beginning to grow from the top and to help with moisture control.

When putting your raised bed together and selecting plants for it, remember to pick a spot in your yard or garden that is away from shrubs and yet gets enough sunlight or shade to properly grow the plants you desire. Fill your bed with the soil and compost, mixing as you fill.

When the bed is full and you wish to, place the weed barrier on top of the soil as per the directions on the product. When you are ready to plant the seedlings place them, in their containers, directly on the weed barrier, spacing them out as needed. This will help you see what you might need to move around before committing to a spot by planting and then maybe later realizing that you might have to move a plant or two. When you are happy with the placement of all of your plants, cut an "X" in the weed barrier underneath each plant and you can just place the plant back on top of the "X" until you are ready to place them in the soil. For more in depth information and guidance please see our Know and Grow Guide.

Pop the plant out of the container and score the sides of the dirt/root ball to allow the roots to take hold in the new soil once you plant them. Remember to give each plant some water in the hole before they go into their new home. Now plant your seedling in the dirt under the new opening. Repeat until all of your plants are in.

Give your plants a good but GENTLE watering when you are all done. Continue to water the plants according to what you have planted. Step back and admire your handy work and new beautiful raised garden! Happy Growing!!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Raised Beds for Beginners”

  • Christina Lawn
    Christina Lawn April 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hello,
    Your product looks very interesting to me. I was wondering, is it OK to leave it outside in the winter when we live in Montreal, Quebec, which is in zone 3?
    Thank you .

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  • Frame It All

    Bob- thanks for reaching out. You can check out Canadian Tire, as well as Costco.ca and homedepot.ca.

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  • Yves Fournier

    Hello,

    Can these beds (any of your beds) be installed on a weeping field?

    Thank you!

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    • Frame It All

      Hi Yves,

      By "weeping field" do you mean a septic drain field? It's generally not advisable to do so. Gardening on top of a septic field - even in a raised bed - risks your health and the function of your home's expensive waste-handling system. You may not want to risk a harvest spiked with harmful bacteria.

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  • Abe Kucyi

    I want to put in a raised bed garden on TOP of part of my patio which is made of cement blocks. Is drainage a problem or can I install it right on top of the patio?

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    • Frame It All

      Hi Abe,
      I don't think drainage will be an issue. You should line the bottom and sides of the raised bed with landscape fabric if soil staining of the concrete is a concern.

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  • Patrick Hashman
    Patrick Hashman April 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Does your 4 x 8 22" composite raised bed come with screws and anchor pins?

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    • Frame It All

      Patrick- The 4x8x22 Raised Garden Kit comes with all necessary hardware, (including screws) to install. If by ‘anchor pins’ you mean anchor joints, then no, it doesn’t come with anchor joints. The base layer and all stacking layers utilize stacking joints. With the bed 4 layers high, it is sufficiently heavy that there is no concern of the bed shifting, so stacking joints are utilized as they are easier for you to install.

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