Tips for a raised bed vegetable garden | Daily News

Tips for a raised bed vegetable garden

Choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, preferably more. If the site is not level, it will need to be leveled before building your raised bed. Ideally, the site will not be shaded by trees or have competition from tree roots in the soil. Remove lawn in the location before adding soil to the bed.

The ideal width of a raised bed is 3-4 feet, so that veggies will be within an arm’s reach from either side. If you’re sitting a raised bed against a fence, wall or other backdrop, the width should be more narrow so you can reach to the back of the bed. The ideal length of the bed is limited only by your space and materials.

Soil and Drainage Drainage in a raised bed is superior to that in an in-ground garden bed. A 12-inch-deep bed provides ample room for most vegetable roots. The soil in raised beds warms up more quickly in spring so planting can be done earlier. And if the bed is narrow, 3 feet or less, there will be no need to step on the soil and thus it prevents compaction. It’s much easier for roots to grow in loose soil. If the raised bed sits directly on the soil, line the planting bed with hardware cloth or chicken wire at building time to prevent visits from burrowing animals such as gophers and moles. Fill a raised bed with good quality raised bed soil, which can be a mix of native soil, compost and lightweight amendments such as peat and perlite that improve drainage.

The bed may be made of wood, stone, brick, metal, cinderblocks or any other material from which you can build a base at least 12 inches deep.

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