Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tips on Raised Bed Gardening

How do you prepare a raised bed for a garden? Not long ago, that was my question. After a little research, a visit to my local nursery, a lot of digging and help from my husband, I can give you some tips.
  • Choose a sunny place in your yard that gets at least six hours of sun
  • Measure a 4'x4' area in that sunny place
  • Dig about 17" deep with a spade
  • If the dirt is too hard to dig, water the area each day for about a week.
  • Visit your local nursery and ask for compost, chicken fertilizer (sheep or rabbit is even better), worm castings
  • Mix the fertilizer, compost, and worm castings in with the dirt and water the area.
  • Purchase two 8'-long 2"x6" pieces of wood from Lowe's, and ask them to cut them in half.
  • Place brackets inside each corner wood stakes outside the corners. 
  • Place the connected four pieces of wood over the 4'x4' area you've prepared. You'll probably need to move the frame and pile the soil in the middle. When you place the frame back, then you can use a shovel to smooth the soil so that it settles just right inside the frame.







 
 
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14 comments:

Rita M said...

I look forward to the progress of your raised beds.

Greetings - Rita

Sandy said...

I wanted to stop by and thank you for your visit to my blog and becoming a follower... I want to make a raised bed and your info is a huge help... thanks so much and good luck with your garden!
Sandy

HolleyGarden said...

I love gardening in raised bed - I think it's the way to go! I've even convinced my parents to have a raised vegetable bed this year!!!

deangraziosi said...

Wow so good to see this blog here. Such a lovely post, truly appreciate the presentation.
dean graziosi

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at Cottage Flora Thursdays....i look forward to seeing the progress of your new little garden bed! oxox, tracie

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