Raised Garden Beds
There is no denying that living in the city is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle, which everyone should experience at least once in his or her time! Whether you lease a condo in West Hollywood, California, downtown Chicago, Illinois, or in the center of New York, New York, you are bound to have the time of your life. That being said, one thing that long-time city dwellers wish they could change is the lack of garden space available to them; this is especially true for those who live in the high-rises with immaculate views.
We believe that one should not have to choose between their love of gardening and their love of the city, which is why we have dedicated this post to educating all of our city-loving, garden-missing readers about raised garden beds! By the way – It is totally worth mentioning that raised garden beds are not just for those who live in the city, they are also a great way for first-time gardeners in any location to start a green! Raised garden beds are great for everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers and shrubs, as the structure provides the vegetation with optimal conditions allowing them to grow to their full potential.
The idea elevated garden beds have become increasingly popular over the years because of its desirable environment. They provide planters with valuable weed control, prevent and reduce soil erosion, allow for a warmer soil temperature and more! Assuming that the information we’ve just shared with you has already got you convinced you need a raised garden bed, follow these tips to ensure your structure comes out perfect!
If you’re wondering what materials to use:
The key is to stick to a strong, long-lasting building material such as rock, brick, concrete, or lumber. You may have already guessed that lumber tends to be the most popular building material for raised garden beds if you choose to go with lumber for your garden, there are a few things to be aware of:
- Make sure to use wood that is naturally rot-resistant. Because the majority of you are not tree experts, we have done the research for you and found that both redwood and cedar are great options.
- Be careful when choosing lumber and avoid wood that is infused with alkaline copper quaternary, often labeled as ACQ. If you are unsure about your lumber being infused, take the precautionary measure of lining the inside of the raised garden bed with a landscape fabric found at your local gardening store or hardware store.
If you’re questioning how big your raised garden bed should be:
Understand that there is no specific rule of how big or small your raised garden should be, however, it is best if you keep in mind that you should be able to reach the center of the greenery from all sides. That being said, it is recommended that garden frames are at least 6 feet long and no wider than 4 feet.
If you’re unsure of what soil mix to use:
Don’t fret! When gathering soil for you raised garden bed, you do have a few options. You want to mix 2 parts high-quality topsoil, one part soil with high clay content, and one part organic matter such as compost, moss, manure, etc.
When you’re ready to get your raised bed started, follow these steps:
- Be sure the bed is filled with 1-2 pounds of fertilized soil per 100 square feet all year round.
- Plant and harvest your chosen crop as suggested.
- Once the season is over, prevent the soil from drying out by covering it with a layer of hay or a layer of woodchips on top of a layer or two of landscape fabric.