Learn how to make a raised bed for your orchard that is both inexpensive and simple to build. There’s no need for some unique DIY expertise! Here’s a fast and easy raised bed system to get you started. We’ll also cover what kind of materials to use, how and when to fill a raised bed, how big a raised bed must be, and what to plant in just one. Enjoy our Gardening in Raised Beds Guide!
Understanding Raised Garden Bed
The typical frame or box-style garden with freestanding soil is cultivated in the open, and then its feet are lifted into the soil. A raised bed typically reveals the root zone for easy access to the soil’s nutrients, allowing the plant to go below ground. A basic raised bed may be built of six to eight inches of soil stacked dirt. It would help if you made this with nothing but pencil and paper (beyond earth).
Selecting The Right Wood
A wide variety of materials may be used for raised beds, although the most popular one is wood. A significant number of people are worried about the safety of their timber frames. It would help if you were sure that CCA pressure-treated timber is no longer allowed since it was well proven to leach arsenic, and won’t be available in stores. Today, wood that has been treated and is left untreated are both available.
Based on the quality of wood, untreated timber can rot very rapidly. However, there are several exceptions: Cedar is the most popular material for raised beds since it is inherently rot-resistant which can last for up to 15 years. According to the oils in the wood, it is also insect-resistant. It is, though, pricey.
Modern Treated Wood
Chemicals are used in modern processed wood to protect it from rotting. While tests have also shown that any substances that leach out are well beyond the EPA’s healthy levels, some gardeners are wary of treated wood. If you’re worried about using a treated wood, use polyethylene to cover the interior of the bed walls.
Decide On The Size Of Your Garden
Raised gardens are available in a range of sizes. You may grow vegetables and herbs in a small 1.2 x 1.2 m plot or plants in several much bigger beds. When constructing a raised bed, the only rule of thumb is to keep the width to 1.2m or less, so you can access the middle of the bed without needing to step on the field for planting, weeding, or harvesting. Raised gardens should often be at least 20 centimeters deep to facilitate the growth of solid roots.
Digging Belowground Option
Digging far below ground might be required to help build up soils that have been weakened by compression or have other issues. If the soil is compacted, it would be challenging, but it just needs to be completed once. This is particularly essential for deep-rooted crops like carrots, which grow in soil that has been softened and modified down to 10 to 12 inches to allow air and water to enter the roots.
Regardless of the garden you choose, the Garden Designer will show you how many crops will fit in each area, so you don’t end up wasting seed or clutter your garden. A partner planting selector is also included, enabling you to pair or combine crops that grow together.