Raised Beds For Beginners – Getting Started

Raised Beds For Beginners – Getting Started

The construction of a raised bed is not a very big undertaking, it is important to stress this point as we will now look at how easy it is to construct one of these beds with very little effort. When we look at the advantages of a raised bed over the conventional gardening methods,that we have always used,  we will be scurrying out back to get this frame erected as soon as possible. We have spoken earlier on this site about how easy it is to make one of these beds and what materials are used in the construction of these bed frames, so there is little or no point in my repeating myself about the construction of these raised garden beds.

 

 

 

Lets begin;

We need to establish a good level location, where the bed will be properly positioned to avail of the advantages of the sun, it is now time to begin construction. Whether we are using this raised garden bed for flowers or for vegetables, we still need to be very particular and ensure that we have a strong sturdy frame in place from day one, as it is important to get off to a good start here. A standard 8ft x 4ft or ( 6ft x 3ft ) , either or will be a good size for starters. Should  we need to expand next year, we will have gained considerable experience and knowledge from our first year at this new exciting adventure.

Setting up a raised bed;

 

If you have purchased this frame online or you are constructing this bed with your own materials, as stated above, the location is paramount. Always orientate the bed in an east-west direction, in order to avail of the full advantages of the sun. When raised bed is complete the next step is to infill with soil and compost mixture. Again depending on how particular we are about new gardening system, we will always  need to add a good soil mixture, compost and fertiliser to our first bed and the reason being,  as this will be our foundation bed and we need to pay a lot of attention to this important detail.  Advice on this issue can be obtained from our local garden centres or alternatively is always available online.

Bed location;

 

If we position the raised bed frames strategically, they can become an attractive feature of our garden. What I look at myself when starting out, is that it can be seen immediately on entering my backgarden or that it is visible from a kitchen or sitting room window. Another important detail that we must not forget is to ensure that it is close to a water source. We don’t need the drama of a long draw with our watering cans, causing extra unnecessary work. On that particular subject, we will need to observe closely as raised beds tend to dry out rather quickly.

Start planting;

 

Planting and sewing of the crops is the next step in this project and by now we should have some idea of what we are deciding to grow. As this is our first time at this exercise – don’t worry about making mistakes or not being successful. Its trial and error in a sense and learning as we progress along towards becoming a better, accomplished gardener. Start out with the easiest of vegetables like carrots, parsnips, onions, radishes and lettuces etc. There are numerous tutorials online about how to start growing for ourselves. Should you have any questions or queries, feel free to ask a question and if you wish, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanking you and happy gardening to all

Philip Browne.

” I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day,

you ought to seriously re-examine your life.

~Bill Watterson. ”

 


 

4 thoughts on “Raised Beds For Beginners – Getting Started

  1. Hi Philip,
    I’m glad I came across your ‘Raised Beds For Beginners’ article as we were discussing building something similar to what you have displayed here.

    Our intentions are to grow plants in our border but what convinced us to move in this direction was the clay soil are garden contains.

    The plants we planted last year never got established due to becoming waterlogged from poor drainage because of the clay soil. We wondered about digging right down and replacing with good soil and compost but what a big job that will entail.

    Instead we agree with your solution here by making raised bed filled with the garden centres recommendations regarding compost and topsoil. This will provide good drainage and the plant roots will get their nutrients. Dry weather isn’t a problem as we have an outside hosepipe.

    Roll on spring and we’ll be building raised beds.
    Thanks for your article,
    Simon.

    1. Hi there Simon,

      Many thanks for stopping by. I have often come across that problem and people ask me how they would deal with it. The raised bed system would offer a great solution to that well known problem, for sure. I’m glad you liked the article and that the information is useful to you.

      Many thanks again and happy gardening,

      Cheers…..Phil Browne

  2. Cool article. I think raised beds are great for beginner gardeners, and those that don’t have the best soil available to them in their backyards (i.e. clay). I like the little details, like where you should position your bed relative to the sun and even have in view from your house so you can keep an eye on it.

    1. Hi there Brittanie,

      Many thanks for stopping by. I’m glad that you found the article useful. For sure the raised bed system can be the solution to many a problem for would-be gardeners. Best wishes to you and happy gardening

      Thanks again……Phil Browne

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