Gleeful Gardening: Everything You Need to Know About Raised Bed Gardens


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Raised bed gardens offer several benefits, including nutrient-dense soil, modularity and the ability to blend them with your existing outdoor living space. They dry out faster than ground soil, allowing you to plant sooner in the season, and are an excellent way to add a garden of nearly any size to your backyard. If you’re considering adding a raised bed garden to your space, these tips will help you get started.

Bed Basics

These universal tips will help you keep your raised bed garden healthy:

  1. Don’t walk on the soil
  2. Plan an irrigation system
  3. Install a barrier to roots and weeds
  4. Compost directly into your raised bed
  5. Mulch after planting

Garden Bed Design Tips

You can easily customize your raised garden to fit the aesthetic of your outdoor living space. Start by building a basic raised bed garden of wood or stone and add on.

Paver Power Up

Building a garden flanked with pavers is an easy way to create a traditional cottage-style garden of any size. Use contrasting colors to add some pop to your outdoor living space. Whether you use pavers as a border around a pre-formed plastic bed or around a traditional raised bed, you’ll get a timeless look and more space to work.

Modern Magic

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If you want a modern and chic garden to accent your outdoor living space, look no farther than food-safe Corten steel. It will give your garden an edgy and modern style and is safe to use with edible plants. You can arrange the steel to fit your needs by forming basic geometric shapes like circles, triangles and pentagons for visual interest.

Garden Geometry

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Growing squares are a series of geometric raised beds meant to give your garden a balanced and peaceful look. Plant something different in each square to add another dimension to your geometric garden. You can use pavers, prefabricated concrete or wood to create your shapes.

Blend Your Beds

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Integrating your raised bed gardens into your outdoor living space will create seamless transitions between different areas. Here are some tips from Fine Gardening to help when planning the placement of your beds:

  • Stone looks good everywhere
  • Long, skinny beds allow easy access
  • Use vines and climbers to boost visual interest
  • Choose a space that has low use, and install your garden there.

As your garden begins to bloom, visit our blog for delicious grilled vegetarian recipes and tips on canning and jarring your harvest.