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Raised Bed & Container Gardening Tips

Gardening in raised beds offers several benefits, such as improved soil quality, better drainage, and easier access. Here are some general tips f

or maintaining a successful vegetable garden in raised beds:

1. Soil Preparation

  • Use Quality Soil: Fill your raised bed with a high-quality mix of soil, compost, and organic matter. A common ratio is 60% topsoil, 30% compost, and 10% soilless growing mix (like peat moss or coconut coir).

  • Remember that if you are using the same soil for several years you will need to add nutrients (compost or manure) to the soil each year to provide food for your plants to grow in.

2. Plant Selection and Placement

  • Plan for Sunlight: Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Place taller plants (like tomatoes and peppers) towards the north side to avoid shading shorter plants.

  • Companion Planting: Use companion planting strategies to maximize growth and deter pests. For example, planting basil with tomatoes can improve flavour and deter insects.

  • Succession Planting: To maximize yield, plant quick-growing crops (like lettuce or radishes) between slower-growing ones (like tomatoes or peppers).

3. Watering

  • Consistent Moisture: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Raised beds typically dry out faster than in-ground gardens, so regular watering is crucial. It is best to water your plants in the morning or evening and avoid watering (if possible) in the middle of the day.

4. Weed and Pest Control

  • Weed Regularly: Pull weeds as soon as they appear to prevent them from competing with your vegetables for nutrients.

  • Barriers: Use physical barriers like row covers or netting to protect plants from pests.

5. Feeding and Fertilizing

  • Fertilizers: Use fertilizers like miracle grow, hen manure, compost, fish emulsion, or seaweed extract to provide essential nutrients throughout the growing season.

  • Side Dressing: Optionally you can apply additional compost or fertilizer around the base of plants during the growing season for an extra nutrient boost.

6. Enjoy the Process

  • Patience and Observation: Gardening is a learning experience. Observe your plants regularly, note changes, and enjoy the process of growing your own food. Success can look like many things!

By following these tips, you can create a productive and healthy vegetable garden in your raised beds.

Happy gardening!


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