How to Make a Raised Garden Bed
All you need to make a rasied garden bed are a few materials, a small space, and few hours to build this simple project:
- 2” x 8” lumber
- 4” Deck Screw
- Power Drill
- Permagreen Pro Top Soil
- Permagreen Garden Soil Mix or Pro Sheep and Peat
- 24″ Wooden stakes
You need to plan on having at least 12″ of soil for the plant’s roots to grow.
Use Permagreen’s New Pro Top Soil as the main ingredient. It’s the same blend made for professional landscapers when they have a project that requires a rich soil.
The first thing to do is to find a good level location in your yard. It needs lots of sun, and should be accessible on all four sides.
Once you have your location, mark the dimensions of the container on the ground and remove the sod. Don’t go too deep, maybe around 4″-5″.
There are several ways to construct a raised garden. We are using a box method made with wood.
The first is to build a box type enclosure around the garden area. The walls should be made with 2″ x 8″s.
TIP: Remember, the box sits on the ground, not down in the area where the soil was removed. Build the box to any size or shape you want. For longer beds you may have to drive stakes in the ground every 3-4 feet to keep the sides from bulging out.
Once the 2″ x 8″s are cut, secure the corners with 4” deck screws. Four screws per corner should be ample strength.
Now set the box in place. Make sure the box is level. Remember, the box should sit on top of the ground, so there is about a 4” drop below the bottom of the 2”x 8”s.
Now you are ready to fill the container with soil. We recommend using some of your existing soil, (because even though our clay/alkaline soils aren’t very rich, they still contain many minerals and trace elements that gardens need).
Blend about 25% of your soil with 50% Permagreen Pro Top Soil and 25% Permagreen Garden Soil Mix or Pro Sheep and Peat. Sphagnum peat moss can be added to the blend as well.
TIP: We recommend 12″-14″ of this rich blend.
Once the soil is in place, make rows in the soil with a hoe or spade. Plant everything to the side of the rows. The rows will be for irrigation. You can use seeds or bedding plants.
For bedding plants, dig a small hole with a garden spade, and the place the plant deep enough to cover the entire root and some of the stem. Now, pack the soil around the root.
TIP: Remember to plant the taller plants like corn at the west end so they will not rob sunlight from the shorter plants as they grow.
That’s all there is to it! Now you know how to make a rasied garden bed! Enjoy your new elevated garden!
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