Updated: Apr 15, 2021
What a beautiful day! The sun is shining, making the fresh spring air warm. It's almost time to start your vegetables outside, but you don't know where to start? How can I create a manageable garden that I can control in my first year of gardening?
One excellent tool for gardening is to build a raised garden bed. Gardening with a raised bed is much easier to control weeds and pests. If you have never had a garden, a raised bed is an excellent way to get started. You can quickly and easily prepare a raised garden bed before it's too late. Don't wait to get your garden started this year. Now is the best time to start! It doesn't matter what year, day or time. Don't wait any longer to get started. Let's get out there and build our raised beds and get our vegetables in to have our fresh, delectable produce!
Garden Pest Control
You may also deem it necessary to invest in some fencing to keep the bunnies from wreaking havoc on your garden. I have a twenty-four-inch tall fence that does the job for me. There is also the choice of using a more elevated raised garden bed. My pests are mostly limited to bunnies and mice, so beyond that, if you want help, leave a comment, and I'll do research to help you find a way to overcome your problem.
What size bed do I need?
For your first year, I would suggest building a four-foot by four-foot raised garden bed. With this size, it's very manageable. I would use the square foot gardening method to cut down on weeds and water. Growing with square foot gardening may help your success as a beginner. Once you reap the rewards, you can gain confidence and take this season's knowledge into the next. Perhaps you can add another bed or try another style along with your already flourishing raised bed.
When do I need to water a raised garden bed?
The right way for you to know if you should water is to put your finger into your raised garden bed about an inch deep. If it's dry, you should water. When you water, you should give a long sustained watering, so the water goes deep into your garden bed. If you apply this principle, you'll be waiting more time before watering again.
How much depth do I need for a raised garden bed?
You don't need more than six inches of depth. I prefer to get the lumber from my local store and build a four-foot by eight-foot bed with a depth of six inches. The problem with this is that it does not look as pleasant as one of the raised garden bed kits below. If you want a nicer-looking bed without spending the time to make one, you can pick out a kit and put it together.
How to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden
Best Material for raised vegetable beds
Stainless steel is an excellent choice. It is rust-resistant and will last for many years.
Pinewood is very inexpensive but in a wet climate will not last too many years.
Cedarwood is a good option, it will last for many years but is expensive.
Plastic is inexpensive and will last for several years.
I would avoid the treated wood.
Diy raised garden beds cheap
Pinewood would be a cheap way to get a vegetable garden bed together.
Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Plan
Materials I used to build this raised bed. Bare minimum.
4 planter blocks and 3 two by six that are eight feet long. Cut one of the pieces in half for the short side of the garden bed.
The pieces of wood slide right into the planter blocks easily! No tools necessary!