If you’re looking for a way to grow your food and minimize the use of pesticides, then raised bed gardening is an excellent option.
What is raised bed gardening and its benefits?
Raised bed gardening involves the growing of plants in a variety of containers. These containers could be wooden boxes, brick walls, concrete blocks, or stones.
What are the benefits of choosing raised bed gardening over conventional planting?
Here are some reasons why you might want to choose or stick to raised bed gardening:
You cannot afford costly tools needed for conventional gardening, but wish to grow your food at home without paying for expensive seeds and ground preparation.
Raised beds can be constructed easily with materials you have handy at home, thus lowering the overall cost of construction compared to building a greenhouse or purchasing ready-made kits from stores.
A person who has limited mobility will find it easier to care for a raised bed garden since she will be able to reach it without any difficulty.
Raised beds can help you get rid of foot and joint pain that may come with handling a shovel for digging a hole in the ground. The same goes for arthritis patients who find it more comfortable or easier to work on their gardens from a standing position.
How to start with raised bed gardening?
Building your own raised beds is easy and inexpensive, especially if you have some old wooden planks, bricks, base rocks, or concrete blocks at home already. If not, then here’s what you need:
One-inch thick plywood boards which are about 4 feet long
Four pieces of 2 x 4 lumber at 10 feet in length
Plywood or pallets to use on the floor of your raised bed
The basic measurements of a raised bed are four feet wide and six inches deep. If you have some old wooden planks lying around, then you can build your beds by screwing or nailing them side by side until the box is of the desired size. You may opt for screws over nails since they are more durable. However, if you prefer to go with nails, make sure not to go overboard with it since an overstressed nail will easily bend under pressure.
Once your wooden bed is ready, you can then add bricks or concrete blocks to form the walls of your raised bed. This is necessary since it will help prevent water from washing away all the soil and nutrients in your garden. If you want a more extensive background color for your raised beds, then you may opt for pallets or old plywood sheets for use as flooring inside the boxes.
Line up two of these boards on top of each other at a 45-degree angle, one overlapping the other
Make sure that there are no gaps between these sheets when placed together
Drill holes about halfway through on both sides using a drill with a 1/4-inch bit tip
If plywood sheets are too thick for the drill bit to reach, then you can drill holes about four inches from each end
Fill these holes with 1/4-inch threaded rods and nuts
Different types of plants you can grow in raised bed gardening?
Farmers have been growing their vegetables in raised beds for centuries. This simple technique has enabled them to keep crops healthy even when there is flooding or drought. Raised beds allow you to maximize your gardening space by dividing it into squares or rectangles. You could plant different kinds of herbs and veggies in each square. This makes it easier for harvesting since you won’t have to go through the whole garden to get what you need out of it. Also, raised beds to allow both small and large plants enough space for their root systems to develop fully without any difficulty. You can also plant long vines like cucumbers and tomatoes inside your raised bed since they will be able to continue growing without hitting the ground. Square-foot gardening is another technique that has been developed along with raised bed gardening. If you prefer using this method and planting different types of vegetables according to the Square Metre Rule, then make sure that there is at least one square foot separation between all these varieties.
Here are some examples:
Basil beside Oregano; Cilantro beside Parsley; Chives beside Dill; Mint beside Thyme
Raised bed gardening is a fantastic way to grow your vegetables in the comfort of your home. These beds are raised off the ground, which means that you don’t have to worry about root rot or getting water on your feet when it rains. Not only does this make for an easier time tending to them, but they also prevent weeds from growing because there’s nothing at ground level for them to get into!