Use our free plans for DIY raised vegetable garden beds to plan your garden today!
We offer designs and ideas for building a raised vegetable garden that can be simple enough for anyone to build.
Seeing how easy it can be to build a raised bed can be just the inspiration you need to start your own small garden today!
Are you wondering if raised vegetable gardens are the best way to create a vegetable garden?
Many gardeners love the convenience of having their garden up and off the ground!
When planning a vegetable garden, there are several key factors to consider.
This is where the gardening fun begins!
Borders for your garden can be made of wood, stone, bricks, cement, cement blocks, or decorative stone.
Designing a DIY raised bed garden is a simple project that can be accomplished in a weekend.
If your garden will be located in a prominent position in your landscape, consider using decorative brick or stone.
Some advantages of building a raised bed are ease of planting, tending, and harvesting your home vegetable garden.
Locate your raised vegetable garden bed in an area that receives full sun.
If possible, layout your garden from north to south. Raised gardens are perfect for small space vegetable garden layouts.
Your garden can be any length you want, but should be no more than 4 feet wide!
You want to be able to reach the center of your garden bed from either side without having to walk in your garden bed.
Aside from structures, surrounding landscape, and trees, there are a few other factors to consider in determining a raised vegetable bed location.
If possible choose a plot of ground that is level.
If your vegetables gardening area is on a slope do not despair!
Sloping land can be leveled when building raised garden beds.
Also, be sure that you have convenient access to water when choosing your location.
This sample garden plan can be lengthened or shortened to fit your available space.
You can also substitute other vegetables that you may prefer to grow.
This is a great small garden plan if you are short of space, or are a beginner at gardening!
Follow planting instructions on your seed packets and small transplants.
No need to waste garden space by leaving room for pathways.
Just fill the entire raised bed with vegetables!
Try planting a few marigolds, nasturtiums, or other colorful annuals around the edge of your garden bed.
This brightens up your garden, and gives a beautiful focal point for your garden.
This can be ridiculously easy, as most of the work is in the beginning when you build your garden frame. After that, it's all a downhill coast!
For raised vegetable garden beds, use a hand fork or tined tool to any weeds that may sprout.
Remove weeds promptly as soon as they begin to sprout.
It's much easier to remove tiny weeds than to pull gigantic weeds with huge root systems! (I learned this the hard way!)
Be sure to provide adequate water after planting your garden.
Water in the morning if possible.
This will save water, as well as help prevent mildew from developing on your garden foliage.
Evening watering can cause some plants to get mildew or other plant diseases.
At the end of the summer gardening season, plant fall vegetables such as cabbage, turnips, and beets in your garden if desired.
Or you can put your garden "to bed" for the winter, by removing plant debris, and putting a layer of compost or straw on top of your garden to break down during the winter months.
You can see how simple and fun raised vegetable garden beds can be!
They are great for beginner gardeners, and anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to spend preparing and caring for an in-ground garden.
They can be beautiful, and functional as well.
A raised garden is a great project for the entire family to enjoy!
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