Raised garden bed - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Burnie, Ma
Question by mymistye
December 11, 2010
I would like to start a raised garden bed,but I don't know what steps I should make first,second, next and last.Could you walk me through? ;)thanks.


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Answer from NGA
December 11, 2010

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You can make a raised bed by simply mounding soil up and sloping the sides, or you can construct a solid wall raised bed by stacking bricks, concrete blocks or cedar or redwood timbers. Start by finding the sunniest site in your landscape and removing all vegetation. You'll probably need to import some soil to fill the bed. A 3 way mix is best. It contains garden soil, compost or other organic matter, and sand. For most efficient use, a raised bed should be at least 24 inches deep (to accommodate the roots of your plants) and not more than four feet wide (so you can reach in and pull weeds or tend plants without having to walk on the soil). The bed can be any length. Once you've decided on the size and the materials you'll use for containing the soil, stack your bricks, concrete blocks or wood timbers to form the bed. You'll need to secure the corners of your structure to keep them in place. Rebar can be pounded down into the concrete blocks; corner braces can be nailed or screwed into timbers. Your local garden center can provide guidelines for the kinds of materials you decide to use for the structure. Once you've built the form, fill it with topsoil.

Here's a website with guidelines and drawings/photos of various raised beds: http://extension.missouri.edu/...

Hope it answers all your quesitons!

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