How to Build Your Own Raised Beds and Garden Boxes


Raised bed 
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Raised beds are garden boxes that are all the rage in the gardening world. No matter where you live, they offer a long list of benefits to combat many challenges that may get in the way of growing your own plants at home.

Learn how your garden can benefit from raised beds, and what type of plants grow perfectly in them. We'll tell you how to get started building your own stunning raised beds and garden boxes today. This is your ultimate guide, complete with everything you need to consider before you start.

Why You Need Raised Beds or Garden Boxes

A raised garden box or raised bed is typically a large planting box that works well in a variety of different settings, for various types of plants. There are tons of benefits to having them, particularly because they help solve the following top three main gardening issues: drainage, pests and accessibility

Garden boxes are especially handy if you live in an area that doesn't have ideal planting conditions. They're great for apartments with no yard space, or land that has sandy or clay-like, hard-packed soil.

With raised beds, you can create the perfect conditions for whatever you choose to grow at home. Is there a problem with the soil near you? Not an issue. With a raised garden bed, you can grow: fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and herbs.

7/23/2020 8:31:34 AM

Would be nice to have some pictures.

3/15/2019 9:38:49 PM

At 75, I would not be able to garden without raised beds. My beds are 4 feet wide, eight feet long and 30 inches in height. I use dimensional untreated lumber, it lasts for six to eight years and costs less than cedar. This year, I will build a new bed out of concrete blocks. This new bed will most likely outlast me. Spring is here, good gardening to all.

3/15/2019 5:34:51 PM

I live in a coop and have made myself what I call handicapped raised beds because I have spinal stenosis and can no longer get down to the ground. I had a plot in front of my unit that I have gardened in for 2 decades. It is 40 by 96 inches or so. I double dug it, even once buried and entire bale of loosen hay at the bottom, kept adding top soil, compost, pet, over the year and it was already 4 inches above the ground. I made 3 24 x 36 inches cedar raised beds that are 8 inches tall. Because I had started with prime soil that was already double dug and 6 inches high, I spaced the 3 raised beds with about 8 to 10 inches between them, hauled the walkway soul into the beds, added more and now my raised beds have 14 inches of loose prime soil. One beds alone produces 18 pounds of potatoes each year though you need to trellis the vines. I have grown amazing garlic, carrots, jalapenos, bell peppers, tomatoes and eggplant along with herbs such as parsley, chives and some marigolds to any leftover spaces to attract more bees. It is March and I am still eating my peppers and jalapenos from the freezer. And 4 parsley plants gave me 8 large mason jars of dried parsley! All I need to do is loosen up the soil with a fork, add a little compost, buy last year's plants in the bottom, and just bend over a little to plants, maintain and harvest. So if you are handicapped, raised beds offer solutions to any loss of motion.

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