Assess The Amount Of Space You Have For Flowers And Vegetables
Of course, any garden, big or small, will take up space. Thus, the first thing you should do is pick out the space and assess the dimensions your new garden will take up. If you want to plant flowers in your front yard, make sure there’s enough room between the walls of your house and the sidewalk or road. If you’re planting a vegetable garden in the backyard, make sure you have enough clear room in the sunlight to make it happen.
Test Your Soil And Get Fertilizer As Necessary
Not every garden will automatically grow just because you’ve planted them. In this case, the quality of your soil is very important. There is equipment you can rent in order to actually test your soil itself, but most people do it the old fashioned way: they run a test garden. Plant a couple of seeds of what you intend to grow and see how they do. If they flourish, then your soil is good. If they struggle, then your soil needs help from fertilizer. Contact a local topsoil distributor, many turf companies also supply, to ensure your garden thrives.
Research What Grows Best In Your Area And What Doesn’t
Just because you really love roses and want roses in your yard means that they will actually grow. Any responsible gardener will research what grows best in their area and what doesn’t. The same goes for both flowers and vegetables. If you live in a temperate climate, you may do well with perennials; if you live in a place with solid seasons, you should get spring and summer blooming plants and let your garden remain dormant through winter.
Get The Soil Ready And Plant Seeds Even Width Apart
Whether you are planting vegetables or flowers, you should make sure your seeds are an even distance apart. A good rule of thumb is at least half a foot. This gives your plants plenty of room to take root without tangling together with another plant, and to give them the chance to get the water and nutrients they need. Crowding plants together will only make it harder for them to grow big and healthy. Also make sure you plant in a place that gets good daily sunlight and access to rain, otherwise you will have to water them yourself.
Keep Up Maintenance On Your Garden By Pruning, Weeding, And Watering
Once you have your garden planted and it is growing, you need to keep up on its maintenance. This includes weeding it when weeds appear, pruning bushes so flowers can access sunlight, and watering the roots on dry days or in areas that don’t get much rain.
If you follow these steps, your garden should start growing soon enough. Enjoy your new hobby and fun new lifestyle!
Raised beds are the ideal way to create an easy to manage bed system for growing your own veg. Raised beds are free-draining, easily accessed, early warming and particularly useful to help you get better results on poor soils. A raised bed can even be used as garden beds for your flowers, either to display or to use for cuttings.
For the purposes of this project, I am using a raised bed made from recycled UPVC boards. I chose this system because the unique Link-a-bord system consists of rigid double skinned, recycled UPVC boards and it comes with easy to use linking sections and fastening dowels. This allows me to make my beds up into a variety of sizes and heights that will suit my needs.
In addition to this, the boards won’t fade or rot, and can be easily dismantled and moved if necessary.The double skin construction provides good insulation to help maintain a stable soil temperature, which of course is vital to seed germination.
Assembling Your Raised Beds
Now you have your raised bed, it’s time to put it together. This is a very simple task, takes just 10 minutes and requires just one person. I know, I have just done mine and believe me, self assembly is not one of my strengths!
When you unpack this raised bed, you will find 4 corner pieces (your own model may well vary but a corner joint will be present). Just slide these into one of the link boards and then follow this around until all four are connected.
It really can be that simple.
Filling Your Raised Garden Beds
Once you have assembled your raised garden bed, you need to fill it and depending on your location, you may wish to line it. If you have gone onto hard ground (concrete, slabs etc) I would strongly suggest lining with a good quality weed surpresser.
I have placed my bed in a fantastic sun trap but alas it is on concrete slabs so a liner was a must. If you are on poor draining soil then I would NOT use a liner unless weeds are a major problem. This raised garden will aid your soils recovery so let it flow my fellow growers, let it flow…
As for the compost, there are so many to go for so I will leave that up to you, but the quantity you will need will vary as shown below. I have mixed my in a 2 to 1 ratio with topsoil as I find shop bought compost a bit ‘fluffy’.
As a guide, for raised beds of 1 board depth (in height) = approx 125 litres to fill to within 1 inch of the top
Raised garden beds
Part 1 summary
In conclusion, remember, the choice of bed material is up to you. I have selected this solution as it is recycled, long lasting, flexible and very portable. Your placement should be considered.
Aspect is vital, you need at least 6 full hours of sunlight per day so get the kettle on, pull up a garden chair and watch the suns movement. To follow my project exactly with the materials I have selected, you will need A raised bed. The size and depth is up to you and some lining material to control weeds (depending on your placement) and finally compost, and lots of it!
In my next part, I shall be going through the selection process of what to grow and how to prepare so do check back again soon. That is all for part 1, so I shall leave you to get organised and I shall return later this week with part two.