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4 Steps in Creating Your Own Raised Garden in Your Yard

If you have recently decided to try your hand at gardening, then you might want to consider building a raised garden bed. In addition to being incredibly efficient, raised gardens are also relatively easy to build as long as you come up with a solid plan.


Determine the Location and Orientation

The location and orientation of your garden is going to have a huge impact on your plants. As a general rule, you want to put your garden in an area that gets at least five or six hours of continuous sunlight per day. That being said, your garden might only need three or four hours of sun every day if you live in a particularly hot climate. You should also make sure that your garden is relatively close to a source of water.

Ensure Proper Drainage

When a garden doesn’t have proper drainage, all of the water is going to pool near the roots of the plants. Over time, that can lead to a wide variety of health problems including root rot. To ensure proper drainage, you will need to create multiple layers in your raised garden. The lowest layer of the garden should be relatively large rocks that won’t absorb any water. Once the rocks are in place, you can put down a layer of pebbles so that the topsoil doesn’t fall to the bottom of the bed.

Build Up the Bed

The easiest ways to build up a raised garden bed is to head to a local or online landscape supplies store and pick up some hardscape features. Wood tends to be the most popular option for raised gardens, but you need to research which type of wood you use. Some companies add chemicals to their timber to prevent rot, and those chemical might leech into your soil. Luckily, most timber is marked with an alphanumeric code that tells you exactly how it was processed.

Plant a Variety of Species

Creating a varied ecosystem in your raised garden is going to make all of your plants much healthier. When you only plant one or two species, certain nutrients in the soil are going to become depleted over time. While you can add those nutrients back to the soil, planting multiple species is going to be much easier.

Well before you plant your first seedlings in your raised garden, you should carry out a soil test. Soil testing kits can be picked up at most nurseries, and they will tell you exactly which nutrients need to be added to your garden in order to strengthen the roots and improve your yield.


Meghan Belnap / Blogger, Researcher and Freelance Writer

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.



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