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Tips to getting started
Author: Andrea Horst
This craze has been around for quite a while. However, if you are new to gardening, we have some tricks for you! Raised beds are great for small spaces and bad backs. We have gathered some tips and tricks from an experienced gardener to help you get started on your next gardening adventure!
- Sizes: The "perfect” size depends on your height! You will need at least 18” of soil for your plants to take root if your raised bed is on concrete or rock. During the designing process, make sure you can reach the center from both sides. Because the soil is above ground level, you will be bending over more to rake and mix in fertilizers.
- Soils: Kitchen compost works as nutritious fertilizer! This compost can include everything from potato peelings to coffee grounds. For more tips on making compost, you can check out this link. Mushroom soil and manure are also great for adding nutrients to your plants. If you don’t have access to any of these, you can always purchase fertilizers from your local Lowes. Some recommendations from our gardener are Miracle-Gro: Time-Release and Black Kow: Cow Manure.
- Watering: Because your plants are farther from groundwater, they will need more attention than your typical garden. Watering depends on how dry your region is. Be sure to pay attention to the soil and your plants’ leaves, looking for signs of dehydration. When watering young plants, use a watering can or a low-pressure hose with the "shower” setting. Higher pressures risk your plants being drowned out or cut up.
- Weeds: Weeds will always be there and will always need pulling, but there are a few ways to slow them down. Spreading straw, newspaper, hay, or cardboard out around your plants will help keep the moisture in the ground and prevent the weeds from getting sunlight. Take caution when using hay. While it will add more nutrients to your soil, it can potentially cause more weeds in the future. Though these tricks may help prevent weeds, you will want to pull little weeds daily. Set aside about 15 minutes a day to maintain your garden.
We hope that these tips will help you get started! If you want more spring planting tips, check out our blog post "6 Tips for Spring Planting”.
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