I love the look of raised beds in your garden. But there are actually other good reasons to use raised vegetable beds in your garden besides looks.
Other than putting the wood edges down to contain your garden, it’s much easier working in a raised bed. And I’m all for easy!
Using raised beds to grow your veggies saves you space since you don’t make paths between the rows like you do in a traditional vegetable garden. You can plant more vegetable plants per square foot than you normally plant in rows. So of course, that means more yummy veggies!
In a raised bed, you can use better soil for your plants. Normally,you would till the soil in a garden and mix in compost to richen up the soil. Whether you hand till or use a tiller, it’s back breaking work. First you have to break up the soil then you have to add compost and use the tiller to mix it all up. Not fun.
You don’t have to do that with a raised bed. You just fill up the garden with compost and plant the plants in them. You can till the soil underneath first if you choose. If you are planting things with long roots, you might want to at least break up the soil first. Most plants will do fine with just the compost.
You can make your raised beds any size you wish but most are 4 x 6 feet. The beauty is if you have a small area, simply make your raised bed fit the area. You can make several of these beds and have a small path between them for easy access.
Usually the frame is made of wood but I have seen them made of pvc pipe too. Separate your plants by type into one foot sections. Each section can hold several plants depending on the size the plant will be when it’s full grown. Large plants such as tomato plants may need the entire one foot section but you will be able to plant a lot more small plants such as radishes in the same space.
Use a measuring tape to measure your one foot sections and lay string down to mark it off. Then starting in the back of the plot, plant your large plants first. You can plant them in the middle of your one foot sections (use more string to measure where that is if you can’t easily “eyeball” it.
Now work on your medium sized veggies like lettuce. You can fit up to 4 of them in a one foot square. Again, use your string to measure if you need to. Next put your little plants like carrots and radishes. You can put between 8 to 16 per square foot. Small plants should be in front of the raised bed.
Your vegetable garden will look so neat, be easy to work and will have less weeds too! Most folks who have raised vegetable gardens swear by them and would never go back to a traditional garden. They are just so much easier to care for. And so much more fun too.