Easy Raised Bed Gardening Tips by Experts

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Raised gardening is an easy way to cultivate your favorite herbs. Here are some expert tips on easy raised bed gardening.

Start simple with herbs

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If you’re new to gardening and want to start out small, you might find yourself tending a single raised bed or deck planter as a way to get your feet wet. With limited space and time, you might also be tempted to cram in as many plants as you can—to the detriment of those you choose. Everyone grows tomatoes and eggplant and peppers in deck pots, right? While those are rewarding plants to grow, they also require a lot of care and attention, not to mention water, especially if you’re growing them in pots. 

Make use of mulch

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To conserve moisture and prevent weeds from growing, consider using mulch on your beds. The newspaper takes 4-6 months to decompose. In that process, it adds amendments to the soil and blocks weeds from coming up. You can also mulch in season once your plants are established, taking care to leave enough space around each plant stem.

Get into xerophytic plants

When considering what to plant in patio containers, think about how often you’ll have to water on a sunny day to keep your plants from shrivelling up. Planters often sit on a sunny balcony or patio, since (as noted above) many plants need 6-8 hours of sunlight each day to grow. To make your life easier, experts suggest planting drought tolerant plants in these locations, saving the high-needs plants for raised beds in the garden. Xerophytic plants tend to have gray leaves, or a greyish sheen to the leaf. That’s a very good indictor that they can handle a hot dry situation.

Plant in rows to make weeding easier

How should you plant your seeds when the time comes? Should you broadcast your seed across the bed to prevent weeds from sprouting, or buy one of those seeding squares from the local nursery to get the most from your space? With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to know which way to turn.

There is only one way to go if streamlining your weeding time is your goal. It is best to weed in long swaths, so raise beds planted at least six inches apart in rows. That way one can run a hoe straight down the middle.

Pair plants carefully

Gardeners often notice that certain plants grow well when planted next to other specific plants. In the same way, some plants don’t grow well when paired with a particular plant family. This idea of companion planting has been around for some time, and gardeners pay attention to both the anecdotes and the studies that tell us companion planting really works.

In contrast, anything in the onion family loves to be paired with anything in the tomato family. Experts also recommend planting beans and broccoli (or any member of the cabbage family) together.

These are some of the best and most useful easy raised gardening tips by experts.

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