Have you always wanted a small space to grow while keeping the garden in order? The raised vegetable garden is the idea for you. In fact, even the less experienced do-it-yourself will be able to create a body in very few moves and with very few euros.
The characteristic of the raised vegetable garden is the structure of the flower bed which is not at ground level but raised above the ground. This gives us the possibility to manage a more orderly vegetable garden but above all to cultivate it even on less fertile, stony soil or even on the balcony.
These garden boxes, in addition to being a decorative element for the landscape, offer other advantages. For example, they make cultivation less tiring, simplifying the management of weeds and pests. They also potentially increase crop yield.
If you are already thinking about enjoying the taste of your harvest, don’t forget to follow these precious tips.
Let’s find out how to build a raised vegetable garden in 6 simple steps:
1) Choose suitable construction materials
Before starting to build your own raised vegetable garden, it is important to decide well the materials to be used to make it. Although materials such as heavy woods, rail sleepers, and concrete blocks are more resistant than others, it is better to use something lighter and more practical. The advice is to use thin wooden panels, which are lighter. The bins, once full, will still be quite heavy but easier to move if needed.
2) Respect the measures
The idea behind a raised vegetable garden is that you can build a simple and easily accessible space. So, it is necessary to make a flower bed that is not too large. According to experts, the ideal size is 120 cm wide for a medium-sized person. In this way, you will easily reach the center of the body from both sides without hindrance.
3) How to keep weeds away
Another problem to keep in mind is the weeds. In fact, weeds are a nuisance common to all cultivable spaces. So, to prevent the weeds from the soil from rising through the caissons, it will be enough to build a barrier that prevents it. To do this it is necessary to spread a layer of cardboard quite often on the ground or on the grass at the base of the container, carefully covering every space. With this fast solution, you will prevent the seeds of the weeds in germination from contaminating your raised vegetable garden.
4) What should be added to the soil
Once the box is made and the cardboard is placed against the weeds, it’s time to fill it with soil. Always use good quality soil and to save some costs add a layer of dead leaves or cut grass. In addition to saving you something on the cost of the soil, these organic materials will decompose over time and thus enrich the soil with nutrients.
5) Protect the raised vegetable garden
Another important tip is to arrange the cover sheets for the rows and the nets for the birds. Therefore, before completely filling the container, you will have to insert vertical PVC pipe segments along the internal walls of the container. When it is time to cover the plants, you will have to thread the ends of the support structures for the sheets inside the pipes.
6) Autumn mulch
During the whole autumn period, it will be important to remove any plant residue from the raised bed and sprinkle the earth with a layer of mulch of about 5-8 cm. If you do not want to buy it in the shop, you can alternatively use what you have in the garden, such as dead leaves or cut grass. Mulch will serve to maintain soil moisture during the winter, as well as release nutrients during decomposition.