How To Start a Raised Bed Gardening For Beginners

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by Vidura Randeepa
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Are you tired of buying all those non-organic vegetables from the market? Are you fed up with spending a lot of money on vegetables every week? How about growing the best vegetables and fruit you’ve ever eaten in your garden? This post is for you!

1. Site selection

Choose a flat, sunny spot to build your raised garden bed. Use a shovel to remove ground that prevents the frame from resting in a level position. Choose the correct soil for the plants you intend to grow. A raised garden bed that measures 8-feet by 4-feet by 10-inches will need about 27-cubic feet of soil.

2. Create Garden Bed Frame Walls

Create a four-sided structure using 2- x 10-inch lumber that has been cut to length. Once you've built your raised garden bed, fill the frame with topsoil. If you want, amend the soil with lots of organic matter, such as compost or peat moss. Water the raised bed well.

3. Add Seeds or Plants

Be sure they are planted far enough apart and at a proper depth to allow them to have room to grow. Arrange the items so that taller plants will not block sunlight to their shorter neighbors. Water regularly if rainfall is scarce. As they grow, support them as needed with plant stakes, and props. Plants need about one inch of water a week once they are established and actively growing.

4. Harvesting

Instead of harvesting the entire plant, harvest the leaves of your herbs, lettuce, collards, and cabbage. Throughout the season, these plants will continue to produce more leaves. Plant a batch of plants every 2 weeks to extend your harvest of plants that are harvested only once (radishes, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, green onions, beets, determinate-type tomatoes, bush beans,).

Plant another crop as soon as one crop is finished for the season. If it's hot and the sun is shining brightly when you're planting, use a fan-shaped palm leaf to shade the transplants and seedlings (such as a palmetto frond). Place the palm leaf on the young plants' south side. You can remove the palm fronds.

Suggested materials:
  • Rake   (Gardening Tool Shop)
  • Level   (Gardening Tool Shop)
  • (4) 1-foot-long 4x4s   (Wood Shop)
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  • 11609717 11609717 on Mar 16, 2022

    I have never had a garden. What would be a good variety of plants to start with in Georgia?

    • Vidura Randeepa Vidura Randeepa on Mar 16, 2022

      Try to grow Pumpkins, potatoes, peas, carrots, cucumbers, beets, pepper, etc. There are so many vegetables you can grow.

  • Debra Wood Debra Wood on Mar 16, 2022

    I am from South Ga. I am growing tomatoes, squash, cucunbers, okra and watermelons.