In the current situation of global pandemic and social distancing, creating a garden patch in your own backyard not only provides and alternative source of food, but also creates an outlet for releasing the energy and alleviating anxiety. Using pots and containers is the simplest way to grow plants, but if you want to take this a step further, then you can build a raised bed. Building a frame will enable you to grow plants every year in the same spot. It ensures good control of soil quality and improves maintenance access to individual plants. Raised beds should be at least 6 inches deep to allow for proper root forming, but recommended depth is 8-12 inches. Environmentally friendly raised beds should be constructed out of woods like cedar or fir. Reusing railroad ties or shipping crates is acceptable practice as long as there are not chemicals in these materials. For the best result, the soil should be a combination of topsoil and compost.
- If you have enough space, consider building a raised bed to plant in.
- You should make sure you put your bed in an area with an appropriate amount of sunlight.
- Read on to learn how to make a raised bed for any plant or environment.
“Raised beds should be no more than 4 feet wide to ensure you can reach all areas of the bed from the sides without stepping into the bed itself.”