Top 8 Tips for Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com : To ensure the success of your garden, an herb garden, a flower garden or any combination of plant, you can follow basic but key steps to success.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com Top 8 Tips for Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com To ensure the success of your garden, whether it be a vegetable garden, an herb garden, a flower garden or any combination of plants, you can follow basic but key steps to success.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 1: Pick a Sunny Location. Growing vegetables need a minimum of six hours of sunshine a day. For maximum sun exposure, layout your raised garden bed with the rows running east to west.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 2: Keep location accessible to water. Location should be free of any low spots or rain water runoff as vegetables may rot if it sits long in water.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 3: Strip the Soil. Skim off the top 2inches of soil or sod and add it to the compost pile. Removing this top layer will keep weeds away. You can also lay down newspaper on the floor of the raised garden bed. In the spring, make a slit in the newspaper the length of the garden, then 2inches over make another parallel slit. Lift the 2inches of newspaper from the ground and toss it. Plant your seeds in the open area.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 4: Till the soil each year. Till or spade 2-3inches of compost or rotted manure into the soil. Work in a complete fertilizer and you can amend the soil pH to around 6.0-7.0.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 5: Keep the beds no wider than the spread of your arms or can at least walk around the bed. To suppress weeds, cover pathways with straws, boards, bricks, or wood chips.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 6: Combine vegetables and flowers. Adding flowers will beautify your garden. Some flowers may attract beneficial insects while some may repel it. Plant edible flowers like nasturtiums and violets.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 7: Plant vertical crops in your garden, like pole beans and squash. Or plant dwarf-size vegetable varieties like Tom Thumb Midget lettuce or Tiny Dill cucumbers.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com STEP 8: If you plan to freeze or can some of the vegetables, plant more of them. Don’t overplant any prolific producers such as summer squash or tomatoes. Never overcrowd.

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RaisedGardenBedsz.com Raised bed vegetable gardening can be a lot of fun and hard work. You can have more control in your crops when using raised bed gardening.

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