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Keeping Your Raised Garden Healthy

Posted by Tracey Walker on

If you have had a raised garden for several years, you may begin noticing your crops dying or being attacked by pests. This is generally because the soil has been depleted. You may try to amend the soil, is often will not help. Below are some simple ways to help you avoid common raised bed garden issues so you can continue enjoying healthy plants.

  1. Consider rotating your crops through several raised beds: as you plan your raised bed Gardens, aim to build at least four beds that way, you can rotate crops each year. Doing so will allow the soil to regenerate nutrients. Crops require different nutrients, and also leave behind other nutrients that can replenish the soil. The additional beds can also allow you more room to plant crops and rotate them. When doing this, though, it is important to not rotate plants from the same family one after another.
  2. Rotate seasonal crops: this works great if you live in an area where can rotate the crops throughout the year. For example, you could have peas planted in a garden in the spring, plant tomatoes for the summer time, then carrots in the fall. This will benefit the soil in different ways from the different crops and keep your garden productive.
  3. Replace your soil: this can turn into an expensive option, but there are times when you must do this. For instance, if there is a raised bed at a home where you moved, it is best to replace the soil and start with a clean slate. That way, you will not have to worry about any existing issues the previous owner had.

If you are interested in organic gardening, consider replacing the soil as the best first step. That way, you know what you are starting with. It may also be the best that if you are wanting to grow the same crop each year. Regardless of the method you choose, the above options will help you see dramatic changes in your plants immediately. Remember to continually add compost your garden also as a way to help your plants thrive continually. The compost will not only add nutrients, but will help hold in the water during the dry summer months.


Beginning a Raised Garden Bed

Posted by Tracey Walker on

Maybe you have recently purchased yourself a raised garden bed. What do you do now? Below are some tips to help get you started growing in your raised bed.

Items needed:

  1. Soil mixture: you need enough to feel your bed approximately 6 inches deep.
  2. Compost: you can use your own or purchase from a store.
  3. Weed barrier: be certain to buy enough to line your entire raised bed.
  4. Seeds or seedlings: purchase whatever you want to grow.

If you set up your raised bed and a grassy spot, it is best to use a weed barrier fabric on the ground to prevent the grass and weeds from growing up through the bed. You can also add a weed barrier to the top of the soil to prevent weeds from growing and to help control the moisture in your garden.

When deciding on where to put your raised bed, make sure your plants will get enough sunlight based on where other plants in your yard are located. Be certain to plant your garden with plants that will grow well in the amount of sunlight the area gets. Then, use the soil and compost to fill your bed.

Once the soil is placed in the raised bed, add the weed barrier on top, following the directions. When planting seedlings, start by placing them on the weed barrier in their containers, spacing them as necessary. That way, you will be able to envision how your garden look before committing a plant to a certain spot. Once you’re happy with the plant placements, you can insert the plants into the soil by cutting an “x” in the weed barrier and placing the plant directly into the soil. When taking the plant out of the container, be careful to get the entire root ball. Poor little water into the hole before placing the plants into the area. Repeat the process until all of your plants are in the soil.

Once all of your plans are in the ground, water them gently completely. Be certain to water the plants thoroughly to help them get a good start. Now, step back and look at your beautiful garden. You will be amazed at how far a little gardening work takes you.