Today lets look at raised flower beds and the advantages of how they make our backgarden standout from the ordinary. Like the vegetables in raised garden beds, flowers will also thrive in their new found elevated surroundings for similar reasons. The soil is not compacted as it is fertile from the composted mix and the moisture and drainage problems are literally non existent. It is a good idea to have at least a depth of 8-10 inches, regardless of the size of the framed garden bed as this will ensure that the soil does not dry out too quickly and this will help with moisture retention. Some people like to have the frame of their raised flower beds looking a tadd more attractive than those beds that are used for their vegetables, the idea being that flowers are to enhance the appearance of our back or front garden.
Sizes shapes and designs;
What size of a raised flower bed we want, will depend entirely on the space we have in our back or front garden. The sizes, designs and shapes can be of any dimension, let us use our creativity and imagination to decide what would look best. Work with your sorroundings and if we want to be creative, integrate the bed into some aspect of our existing garden. Remember that all of these raised bed frames are available for purchase online in flat-pack and come with set instructions and these bed frames are available in any shape, colour or size. A great idea is to have a few raised garden beds, say of 4ft x 4ft in size, and strategically placed in each corner of our lawn. This will break-up the monotonous dull appearance of our grass lawn, thus adding character, style, grace, excitement and becoming an appealing standout feature of same.
Planting soil type;
When we are deciding on what soil type to use for the raised flower beds, the decision is not that difficult. Unlike what we need for vegetables, the soil mix required for flowers is pretty standard and not overly important. Depending on how particular we are as gardeners – some people use a substance called vermiculite, this lightens the soil texture and provides aeration which will give excellent growing conditions for flowers. Peat moss is also added to the mixture which will add to the richness of the bed soil. We need to take special care when planting flowers or shrubs that don’t like lime in the soil. Advice on this can be had from any good garden centre, It is a good idea to check if we have a problem with acidity in our soil and this can be done with the help of a soil testing kit.
Irrigation and maintenance;
When all of the planting is complete, the next important issue to consider is watering and maintenance. These tasks are critical to having a long lasting, flourishing, thriving flower display throughout the busy summer growing period. In the initial stages of growth it is paramount that we don’t overlook these vital tasks. After the flowers have become established, a good idea is to add a liquid feed to all the raised flower beds. These liquid feeds contain all the nutrients and trace elements that are required to sustain lasting growth and sturdy hardy plants. This important step will ensure good sturdy growth and will provide a myriad of colour that hopefully we will be very proud of. In the summertime it is very pleasurable to sit and admire, especially when the garden is in full bloom. We can use some of our produce as cut flowers for indoor decoration and home enhancement. Not only will it become attractive for ourselves, but hopefully these raised flower beds will also become an attractive magnet for all types of honey-bees, insects and colourful butterflies of all descriptions.
Happy gardening to all,
” Isn’t it enough to see that a garden
is beautiful without having to believe
that there are fairies
at the bottom of it too?
— Douglas Adams “