The Long and Short of Raised Garden Beds

Get started on a lush, productive 4'x4' raised bed; that's 16 sq ft of vegetables, fruits and herbs, right in your own backyard. A smart choice for both beginners and gardeners who want to expand garden space quickly and easily. No tools or digging required. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Get started on a lush, productive 4’x4′ raised bed; that’s 16 sq ft of vegetables, fruits and herbs, right in your own backyard. A smart choice for both beginners and gardeners who want to expand garden space quickly and easily. No tools or digging required. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

It’s finally spring! Time to put those garden plans you made during the winter into action.

For me, now is the time for my raised garden beds to get a thorough going over. I look to see what repairs will be needed andwhich beds have to be replaced. I also lay out where I want new ones – because I believe, like me, you will find gardening in raised beds is very addictive. One is not enough.

I originally started using raised beds because I had limited room for a garden. As time has passed, my reasons to continue to use them have changed. The children could each have their own garden. My health has made getting up and down more difficult than it used to be. Plus now I can get outside with the grandchildren and garden, each in our own raised bed.   

Raised beds use less water! By watering specifically on the plants, water isn’t wasted on the walkway. Raised bed gardening has another plus going for it: in most growing areas,  the soil in raised beds warms up faster than traditional gardening methods. This can allow for a longer growing season.

The Spacesaver bed is designed to fit alongside your house and in small spaces, but deep enough to grow a full range of vegetables, flowers and plants. Plus, its strong galvanized steel will endure years of planting. Won’t crack like wooden beds. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

The Spacesaver bed is designed to fit alongside your house and in small spaces, but deep enough to grow a full range of vegetables, flowers and plants. Plus, its strong galvanized steel will endure years of planting. Won’t crack like wooden beds. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Note: If you’re going to install raised beds that require digging, you should contact your utility companies before you start and be sure you will not be in danger of hitting any buried utilities.

After you choose your area, now you are ready to decide what kind of construction you want to use. We lay out the entire area with landscaping cloth – even the walkways — to help fight the weeds.

For the actual building of the beds there a number of ways to go:

Raised beds lend themselves to using smaller tools. Find lots of options at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Raised beds lend themselves to using smaller tools. Find lots of options at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

What kind of soil to fill your raised beds with? This is a topic even the most experienced gardeners do not agree on. Here is what we use: after building the raised bed we fill each one with: 1/3 forest leaf compost, 1/3 farm manure and 1/3 organic bagged planting soil. Water the raised beds well and plant. After your plants or seeds are in, gently water the raised beds again.

On our walkways we use chipped wood mulch spread on top of the landscaping cloth approximately 4 inches thick. We add more as needed through out the season. Find dozens of gardening solutions – from way back when and some totally new – at Lehmans.com/garden.

It doesn't get any easier than this fabric bed - just unfold and plant! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

It doesn’t get any easier than this fabric bed – just unfold and plant! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

 

About Dori Fritzinger

I live and work with my multi-generational family in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. We have a farm of cows and calves, wool sheep, dairy goats, rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens, honey bees, a horse and a donkey. We have a goat's milk soap and bath products line available on our farm web site. I enjoy reading, quilting and doing embroidery.