Above ground vegetable garden. In many regions gardeners are able to plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer and better drained when it is above ground level. Since raised beds are well drained and the soil is above ground level the soil within the bed warms up earlier in the spring. In early spring begin sowing vegetable seeds in the above ground garden or cold frame.
And this also brings more trace minerals to the plant. Raised beds are an easy way to get into gardening. There are many reasons to make a raised bed garden from poor soil to extending your season.
Shop our selection of raised garden beds in the outdoors department at the home depot. Many vegetable gardeners today use raised beds which lift the plants and their roots above ground level. Ideal vegetables for raised bed planting include.
You build above ground where you have absolute control over the soil texture and ingredients. Building the garden bed. How to build a raised garden bed.
The size is up to you. Larger vegetable plants will send down deeper roots. Whether you purchase a kit or build your own there are some great reasons for raised bed gardening which we highlight below.
To keep the cold frames warm on chilly nights cover with plastic or burlap. Heres how to build a raised garden bed in your backyard as well as advice on using the right wood and soil. If you are planning a vegetable or herb garden a six inch deep bed is perfect.
The bed frame can be as simple as 2 x 4s on top of the ground or even patio retaining wall blocks. For tips on choosing a good location. Lettuce radishes and carrots.
Some are simply heaps of soil but most raised beds are wide boxes that essentially create a large container of soil six to 12 inches deep. Watch our gardening basics video how should i design my vegetable garden. Raised garden beds are available in a variety of different materials or they can be made with relative ease.