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Raised Bed Instructions - How To
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Raised Bed Instructions - How to

This is a short overview on how to construct your own raised bed. Here are a set of simple instructions and ideas. No experience is required as this project can be completed in approx 2-3 hrs. If you have an idea in your head on what a raised bed looks like, then you are well on your way. Basically a raised bed is a rectangle frame made from lengths of timber. These timber lengths are secured together with screws and the bed is then positioned in a level area in your garden. Raised beds as flat packs are available online if required.

Depending on how particular we are as gardeners and whether we want this bed for flowers or vegetables; either option requires that we locate this frame in a sunny location for obvious reasons. We can place this bed strategically so that it becomes an attractive feature of our garden and neighbours who call over can admire same. A good idea also is that the raised bed is visible from a kitchen or sitting room window and we can continuously admire our handywork.

The area where we will be situating the raised bed frame needs to be dug-up and well prepared as this facility will continue to serve us for many years to come. Infill the framed raised bed with well rotted farmyard manure, organic compost and a mixture of high quality topsoil. This is probably the most important element of the equation, as this is where we will be planting our veg or flowers. We need to pay special attention to this issue and if we do, then we will have little or no problems with getting a good return every year.

The raised bed method of gardening has been proven to be twice as productive as the traditional method of gardening which we have been accustomed to. In our new surroundings we have little or no weeding to contend with, soil does not compact, and vegetables and flowers are a lot happier and healthier in this environment. The soil is warmer in springtime and augers well for earlier planting, thus giving yields that bit sooner than normal. Look at the above image and you can see how simple an exercise this can be.

We read a lot nowadays about what sprays, chemicals and pesticides are used on our vegetables, what country they have come from and the amount of airmiles travelled and so on. If we are seriously worried and have concerns about this issue, we now have the solution. Wouldn’t it be great to have roasted carrots, roasted parsnips, roasted asparagus and roasted potatoes on Christmas day – all sourced from our own raised bed garden. This is a very conceivable possibility and does not require a lot of effort to make it happen. Happy gardening and hope you find this informative.


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