Five Tips For Building A Raised Bed Garden
A raised vegetable garden can yield healthier vegetables and be easier to maintain than a traditional garden. If you’re considering building a raised bed garden, keep these tips in mind:
Choose the right location
Sunlight is an obvious factor in choosing a location for a raised vegetable garden. For information on sunlight requirements for various vegetables check out our Know And Grow Guide.
Similarly, one of the advantages of raised beds is that they’re easier to maintain, so be sure to choose a location that provides easy access to the bed from all angles so that when it comes time to plant and weed you don’t have trouble.
Choose the right materials
Rough-cut, untreated lumber can warp during cold winter months and rot when exposed to rain. Frame It All Composite Timbers use a blend of wood fiber and UV-protected polypropylene. They won’t splinter, resist warping and won’t rot. They also don’t contain the chemicals that pressure-treated woods use (like arsenic) which you don’t want near food you plan to eat.
Consider the shape and size
One important factor in vegetable gardens is size. You’ll want to consider what plants you will be planting and determine their spatial requirements. Check out our Know And Grow Guide for details on specific vegetables.
Choose The Right Soil
Raised vegetable gardens give you the opportunity to specify the soil you want to use. Which means you can choose an idea mixture of loam, soil, gravel, etc. for the vegetables you want to grow. Our Know and Grow Guide has more details.
Keep it Simple
Building a raised vegetable garden doesn’t have to give you a headache. With the simple, modular construction of the patented Frame It All system designing and building a raised bed garden couldn’t be easier. How easy? See our Assembling A Raised Vegetable Garden article for a step-by-step guide.