Tips on Building Raised Beds

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Gardening in raised beds is one of the best ways to grow healthy plants. Raised beds allow for the opportunity to create custom soil, more control of drainage and a set aside planting area. When you are building a raised bed, here are a few things you need to consider:

1. The Materials. Practically anything that can retain soil will work. Some good materials are lumber, recycled plastic, wood fiber and more.

2. The Height. A six inch bed height is good for soil that is well amended, but 12 inch tall beds give the plant roots plenty of room to expand and grow.

3. The Length and Width. The length is optional however the width is the most important. Make sure the bed is wide enough for two rows of plants, three rows are better. But make sure you are still able to reach into the center of the bed.

4. Pre-made kits are great for beginners. If you are just starting to get your green thumb, there are pre-made kits available that make bed setup easy and you won’t have to worry about doing any construction.