Elevated Garden Beds For Planters
Elevated garden beds are great for raising your plants up from the ground. There are many different materials you can use to create an elevated bed, including wood, metal, and plastic. Cedar wood and metal are both classic materials, but metal is also a popular choice for these structures. Although cedar wood is a great choice for this type of structure, metal is a great choice as it is light and strong. Metal is also much cheaper than cedar wood, and can withstand the elements just as well. Plastic is another good choice because it is durable and cheap.
One of the major benefits of elevated gardens is that you can reach and water your plants much easier. Because they are raised above the ground, they do not contain weed seeds that can compete with your plants. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about soil drainage problems and waterlogged areas. Additionally, the elevation helps in retaining soil so that you won’t need to water your plants as often. And since your plants are higher up, there’s no need to worry about weed seeds in your garden because they won’t grow as quickly in soil that isn’t at eye level.
If you’re planning to use a soil based elevated garden bed, be sure to line the bottom with landscaping fabric. This will prevent soil from running away and preventing potentially damaging plant contents from leaching into the ground. Also, a bottom liner can keep your wooden bed from rotting. And the best way to maintain the soil is by adding compost and earthworm castings to it regularly. You should also rotate the soil in your elevated garden bed every year to ensure it’s fresh and healthy.
When assembling the elevated garden bed, you’ll need to cut the lengths of the posts flush with the surface of the bed. Using a hand saw, you’ll have to make sure that the measurements are accurate, but you can also use a circular saw. Once you’re done with the legs, you’ll need to attach the side pieces all around the bed. Screw a 1” x 2” piece along the inside bottom of the sides to form the bottom of the elevated garden bed.
If you don’t have the time or money to build an elevated garden bed, a raised bed may be a good option. They are sturdy and stable, and are easy to assemble. They come with basic instructions that will make building a raised garden bed a breeze. Then, plant your veggies and herbs in the raised bed, and reap the benefits. After all, you won’t have to rake, dig, or weed the raised garden bed.
If you’re planning to use wooden garden beds, it’s a good idea to choose wood that won’t rot. Cedar “2x” boards are generally 2’x6” but you can also use 2’x4’s or 4’x4’s instead. You can buy recycled composite plastic lumber that comes in many different sizes and colors. Before you start cutting the boards, measure the area where you want the bed to go. Mark the ends of the boards with a square, and then saw them to length. Once you’ve cut them to size, screw them together with two screws in each corner. Once the frames are put together, place blocks beneath the bed.