Build a Raised Bed This Weekend

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours

 

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Raised beds are an easy, low-maintenance way to grow vegetables.

Gardening in raised beds allows you to start fresh with high-quality soil, instead of having to work compacted soil. Raised beds provide good drainage, and the soil generally warms earlier than that in the ground, which means many gardeners are able to plant earlier in the season.

Plus, by raising the entire garden up, you won’t break your back tending the beds.

Start from scratch or frame up a raised bed from a kit in a matter of minutes – no special tools required.

Install a Raised Bed Kit:

  1. Choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day. Position the bed so the long side faces south and all plants receive equal light exposure.
  2. Shape, outline and level edges of the bed.
  3. Use a sharp spade to remove all grass and weeds.
  4. Position two of the bed’s corner connectors and slip a plank into place, then install side planks and remaining corners.
  5. While the bed is empty, check to make sure it is level.
  6. Fill the bed halfway with packaged garden soil. Add 2” of composted manure and enough additional garden soil to fill the bed to within 1” of the top.
  7. Rake level. Avoid stepping on the bed and compacting the soil.
  8. Wet soil. If soil level drops, top off bed to within 1” from the top.

Tip:

Lightweight raised bed kits made from recycled plastic come together in a snap and are termite-proof. If you’d rather frame your bed with natural, not pressure treated, wood, use corner connectors to keep installation easy.

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