Raised Bed Gardening 101: How To Create a Raised Bed Garden

Are you struggling to create a flourishing garden due to poor soil conditions? Healthy soil is the backbone of any successful garden. Without the proper balance of acid/alkalinity and the right concentration of nutrients and moisture, plants will cease to grow.

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common problem that gardeners face. While you can always solve this problem by tilling and fertilizing your soil, doing so a tedium, time-consuming process. And to make matters worse, there’s no guarantee that your soil will be healthy enough for a garden. A smarter solution is to create a raised bed garden.

What Is a Raised Bed Garden?

A raised bed garden is exactly what it sounds like: a garden that’s raised just slightly off the ground. A typical raised bed garden rests about 6-8" off the ground (see image below), and consists of boxed-in containers that hold the soil and the plants. It’s an otherwise simple concept that yields some big benefits when used in conditions of poor soil.

Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening:
•Simple and easy to make (based raised bed gardens feature nothing more than 4 pieces of wood nailed together).
•Offers greater control and freedom over the soil nutrients.
•The soil inside raised bed garden is completely different from the “natural” soil in its surroundings.
•Great way to separate different plants in a garden.
•Retains moisture content better.
•Requires minimal space to create a raised bed garden.
•Raised bed gardens are easier to maintain.
•Less weeds and brush to deal with.

The main benefit associated with raised bed gardens is their independence from the ground soil. Once the container is complete, you can create your own soil/fertilizer mixture, tailoring it to meet the needs of your plants. So even if you have poor ground soil in your garden, you can create raised beds with new, healthy soil.

How To Create a Raised Bed Garden

The first step in creating a raised bed garden is to construct the framework. Granted, the example depicted above features a wooden framework, you can also use concrete blocks, stones or similar materials – as long as it retains the soil without allowing it to fall or escape through the sides.

Once your framework is complete, you should then fill it with a mixture of soil and fertilizer. The exact ratio and type of soil varies depending on the plants you intend to grow, your region, and the time of year. With that said, you can ask for assistance at your local plant nursery for advice. After filling it up with soil, you can then add seeds, seedlings or plants to your new raised bed garden!