Raised garden beds provide exceptional drainage and are perfect for soil in close vicinity to water like homes in the Chesapeake Bay region. In addition, building one is easier than you think. These raised beds are perfect for planting delicious summer vegetables, herbs and beautiful flowers. Along with providing superior drainage and creating a unique look in your backyard or garden, these beds are a godsend for anyone with back problems.
First you should consider how big you want your raised garden bed to be. A 4' width is common as the majority of people are still able to reach the middle of the bed from each side. Once you decide on a size, make sure to rake the area so the bed is able to lay completely flat on the ground's surface. Next, it’s time to decide what kind of material you’ll use. The most common materials include:
- Pressure-treated wood – long-lasting, durable and affordable.
- Cedar or Redwood – rot-resistant and providing a standout style, these types of wood are a little more expensive than pressure-treated wood.
- Composite decking lumber – the most expensive option, composite decking lumber maintains its appearance for years and promotes supreme durability.
After you decide on the material you're going to use, watch this video from Monterey County Weekly for a step-by-step guide to building a raised garden bed. Once you have the bed built, make sure to orient it north to south for maximum sun exposure in your garden. Fill the bed with soil and start planting. Raised garden beds are great for a variety of vegetables, such as:
Homestead Gardens has everything you’ll need to fill your raised garden bed. Make sure to visit our two Chesapeake Bay region locations for more helpful gardening tips.