What Materials & Plants Should I Fill My Raised Garden Bed With?
Home gardeners have many options when it comes to the type of garden they want to create. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is the raised garden bed. Raised garden beds have several advantages over traditional gardens, including improved drainage, weed control, and soil quality. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned pro, raised garden beds are a great option for anyone looking to create a beautiful and productive garden.
In this blog, you’ll learn:
- How you can use Raised Garden Beds to plant your favorite crops any time of the year
- Which materials work best to fill your Raised Garden Bed
- How to line and fill your Raised Garden Bed
- How Frame It All can help you plant and grow the best crops with your Raised Garden Bed
Which Materials Work Best For Raised Garden Beds
There are several different materials you can use for raised garden beds, but some work better than others. Wood is a popular choice for raised beds, but it can rot and break down over time. Composite materials, like those made from recycled plastic, are a more durable option. They're also easy to clean and won't absorb water, which can help prevent your plants from getting too wet.
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Lining a Raised Garden Bed
Once you have your raised garden bed built, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to put inside of it. One of the most important things to consider is what you're going to use for lining. This is what's going to keep the soil in and the weeds out, so it's worth taking some time to figure out what will work best for you. There are a few different options available, so it's a good idea to do some research and figure out which one will work best for your needs.
How To Fill A Raised Garden Bed
A raised garden bed is a great way to grow your vegetables, herbs, and flowers. But, before planting, you need to fill your raised garden bed with soil. Here are a few tips on how to fill a raised garden bed with soil: Choose the right type of soil.
For a raised garden bed, you want to use high-quality, organic soil. Add a layer of compost. Compost will help improve the quality of your soil and provide nutrients for your plants. We recommend a soil mix of 50% screened topsoil, 30% compost, and 20% vermiculite. Mixing your own soil mix will save you a lot of money compared to purchasing numerous bags of soil mix.
Which Plants Grow Best in Raised Garden Beds?
Many people choose to grow their plants in raised garden beds because of the numerous benefits they offer. Raised garden beds allow for better drainage, improved soil quality, and easier weed control. They also make it easier to reach your plants, which is ideal if you have limited space or mobility issues.
When selecting plants for your raised garden bed, consider what will grow well in your specific climate and soil type. You will also want to choose plants that are compatible with each other in terms of water and nutrient needs.
Why You Should Line A Raised Garden Bed
Here are some reasons why you should line your raised garden bed:
- Better drainage: Lining your raised garden bed with a material like landscaping fabric can help to improve the drainage of the soil, preventing waterlogging and promoting healthy root growth.
- Prevent weeds: Weeds can compete with your plants for water and nutrients, so it’s important to keep them out of your garden bed. Lining the bed with a weed-resistant material helps to insulate the soil against extreme temperatures and prevents weeds from growing.
- Improves soil moisture retention: One way to improve the moisture retention in your soil is to build raised garden beds and line them with landscape fabric. This is because the raised garden beds will help to keep the soil from getting too hot, which can cause the moisture to evaporate.
Which Timbers to Purchase - 1” or 2”?
The garden project you’re planning should determine whether you will need our 2” or 1” timbers. Raised garden beds with 3 or more levels containing heavy soils or materials such as stone and gravel will require the heavier 2” profile timbers for their greater durability and structural support.
Because the sides of the timbers are thicker, their internal air pockets provide greater insulation for soil and plants against hot summers and cooler fall months. Please see our Board Strength Comparison Chart.
Frame It All Carries An Extensive Collection of Raised Garden Bed Kits
We make it easy to build a raised bed garden! Growing your plants, vegetables, or flowers in your garden is a fun activity that the whole family can get involved in. Whether you already have a passion for growing your own or want to involve your kids in a fun and fulfilling hobby, it's easy to set up your raised garden bed and start growing a whole host of interesting plants.
Our 4 x 8 raised garden bed box kit is the perfect sized planter for developing your growing skills and gives plenty of room in the 32 square feet plan for all the family to choose their ingredient to grow. Your raised bed garden can grow anything from herbs and flowers to fresh vegetables that you can use to cook your evening meal.
Your kit comes with everything you need for simple installation. Browse our many designs to find the perfect raised garden bed for your space!