August 12, 2015 2:00 am
Before you begin elevating your garden with either raised beds or planter boxes, ask yourself the following:
Where will I place my garden beds?
This may be determined by the specific space you have available. If you have a few options, look for the sunniest spot possible. Remember that larger beds will have greater yields, but they also require more work. It's best to build your beds to match the gardening time you have available.
What's the right size bed for my space?
As you're planning your bed size, remember you'll need to work in the space as well. The garden bed's width can range from 2 to 4 feet and the ideal length is 8 to 12 feet. No matter the dimensions you choose, make sure your beds and planters are at least 6 inches deep; 12 inches is optimal for allowing the roots to grow deep and strong.
Is my soil ready?
Before you start digging, make sure your soil is ready for success. Dig down 6 to 8 inches and loosen the soil. Create a mixture of top soil and organic material, such as compost or manure. Once the soil is ready, it's time to start watering, weeding and fertilizing. You may discover your garden quickly dries out in the sun – if this is the case, a layer of mulch will help your soil retain moisture.
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