How to make a raised bed for gardening
Raised bed gardening has advantages over conventional gardening as long as you prepare the beds correctly so follow this advice for perfect results.
You need to select a level location for the raised bed and clear the site of any existing vegetation. Make sure you choose a site that gets at least eight hours of sunlight each day.
Next you need to construct the walls of the raised bed. You can use untreated lumber, bricks, concrete, or decorative blocks for construction material. Build 4-foot-wide beds if they will be free-standing, or 3-foot-wide beds if they will not be accessible from one side. Now add some quality, well-draining garden soil to the bed. A mediocre soil will hold too much water.
Space the plants in the bed closer together than you would in a conventional garden. Keep in mind that the spacing should be adequate to let the plants mature, but close enough to discourage weeds.
You can now enjoy higher yields from your homemade raised bed garden without the tedious maintenance of a conventional garden.
The soil in raised beds warms up faster in the spring, allowing for earlier planting and effectively extending the growing season.