Building Raised Beds: A Guide to Constructing, Planting, and Growing for Vegetables or Flowers. A Storey BASICS® Title by Fern Marshall Bradley
I am always looking for new ideas how I can join in the work in the garden and plant my plants and shrubs or grow some vegetables or herbs.
Because my mobility is quite bad I get frustrated that I cannot get down and plant things.
So I thought this book would give me some ideas. I can learnt how you had to dig down to build up. I wouldnt be able to do that alone.
But I recognized and learnt the need to do this.
It teaches us how to nurture the soil to get best results. After all, this is where your plants are going to live. I had to think about which way to do it, according to the sun, and also how big or small I would like it.
It also teaches how you can build upon it in time and even experiment with different shapes.
I have learnt that spacing is also important when it comes to planting.
It goes on to tell you how to water your plants, when to water your plants and how to nurture.
You can build up your area with bricks, wood surrounds, anything really that is durable.
I found this very interesting reading and learnt a lot.
I would like to thank Storey Publishing via Net Galley for my copy.
Publishing date is this coming December so look out for your copy
Raised Bed Gardens
Planting on raised garden beds brings many benefits compared to planting on the ground. But there's one disadvantage: you have to build the bed before you can start your garden. So, to make your work easier, we've collected 59 raised garden bed plans that you can easily build. If you need some ideas or instructions, this list will definitely be helpful. Especially after you've added soil and plants.
Position your raised bed in a sunny spot and close to the house if you want easy access for weeding and harvesting. Raised beds can be sited on any surface, including paving or concrete. Our Garden Planner is a great tool for planning the layout and location of your beds. Use the Rectangle Tool or choose one of the Raised Beds from the selection of Garden Objects to give a realistic look to your plan. Beds can be resized using the corner handles and are easily copied and pasted as required. With the beds laid out you can drop in your crops and even mark the layout of drip irrigation, if required. Raised beds are best kept to a maximum of four feet 1.
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Choosing a Raised Bed
Raised beds solve all kinds of problems for gardeners: high-quality gardening soil avoids issues like hard clay or nutrient-poor soil, which means you can plant more densely and get higher yields. The container offers superior pest and weed management compared to ground-level planting. The tall beds also mean less stooping and bending to pick weeds or produce, along with structural support for hoop rows to start growing earlier in spring and extend later into fall. Making a raised garden bed is an easy weekend project even for a novice. You can find ready-to-assemble kits online, or you can simply make your own, custom-created beds from common hardware supplies. Most vegetables need full sun, meaning hours a day of direct exposure. If you can, orient the long side of the raised beds facing north-south; rows in an east-west orientation shade each other.
Kevin Lee Jacobs' kitchen garden features 12 raised beds built with hemlock and pine. Raised bed gardens are one of the most productive ways to grow your own food. They give you better control over the soil conditions and allow for quick and easy harvesting of your crops. Raised beds can be simple or quite elaborate depending on your needs and the overall aesthetic you wish to create. Use the information below to determine what type of raised beds you would like in your own garden. Building raised beds is an excellent DIY project for those wanting to grow their own food. See a step-by-step slideshow of one of our columnists creating a raised bed garden.