Some Tips To Get Started With DIY Raised Bed Gardening

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If you have decided to undertake a DIY raised bed garden, one of the most important and probably intimidating aspects will be choosing what type of material to use. There are several different types of material that can be used for these beds. Some people use brick as a material because it is inexpensive and very easy to work with. Others choose pine or cedar for their garden beds. A raised garden bed is a great addition to a garden in a large flat area, like an unused backyard or even an apartment balcony. They are ideal when you have a small garden space but still need room for a few plants.

An Overview

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Raised gardening beds are more challenging than regular pot gardening because they must support the weight of the soil beneath them. A heavy blanket of soil can kill a plant if it is not properly supported. It also means that you will need more frequent watering. It is possible to make your own garden bed, but if you do this without professional guidance you could end up with uneven or unstable soil that can crumble. Even if you don’t choose to make your own garden bed, there are many types of materials to use for your project.

Choose Material Wisely

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The type of material you choose depends on what it will be used for. Brick is the most common of materials for a raised bed. Bricks are heavy and they do not break easily. They are perfect for using on steep slopes where the soil is often very steep. You do have to make sure that the bricks are placed on the bed correctly, or else they will cause the entire thing to crumble.

Another major consideration for a garden bed is the drainage. You will need to drain the soil thoroughly so that no water will get stagnant in the bottom of the bed. If the soil is not drained, it can become moldy and unhealthy. To do this, you will need to purchase a couple of hangers that have wide slits on the bottom so that you can completely drain the soil.

Organic Looks

Many people choose to use native plants that grow in the area that they live. These materials will give your garden a natural feel and look. Native plants are also easy to care for and you do not have to use pesticides or chemicals to help them grow.

If you are more interested in having a more organic look, then you might be interested in using cedar or redwood materials. These materials can be found at your local home improvement store. These materials can help to protect the soil and they will also add some color to the area as well. DIY raised bed gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby.

Building a DIY raised bed garden does take some work. You will need to dig a large hole in the ground and then set up the raised bed. You will also need to prepare the soil by adding plenty of top soil. You should also add plenty of compost and soil conditioner before you start planting. Make sure that your soil is not soggy by making sure there is enough water in it.


Most gardening experts recommend that you should start planting from the end furthest away from the house. This will ensure that the plants will get the most sunlight possible. If you are planting near trees, be sure to remove any dead or dying leaves from the tree before you start planting. Be careful when watering the plants. If they start to look overgrown, then you can water them less frequently. Use the tips found here to get started on your own DIY raised bed gardening.

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