When I first got started growing herbs, flowers and veggies in my garden, I did not have lots of money for supplies. I got some great books that told me exactly what to do to grow great plants at home. Do you need to know the secret? Prepare great soil!
Plants need a good foundation to prosper. Their roots provide moisture, nutrient elements and even air. They also create a stable base from which herbs and other plants can send their leaves, stalks and shoots soaring into the sky.
Unfortunately, not a lot of us have perfect beds in our back yards. My soil has too much clay. It's extraordinarily wet in the winter and it becomes as hard as concrete in the summertime. Some people fight with sandy soil that loses moisture very quickly.
Raised beds are a fabulous response to the problem of having poor soil.
When you build a raised bed for your herbs, you provide them an amazing oppotunity to grow unfettered. Their roots will indulge in richer, fluffier soil that offers just the best balance of moisture?
Are You prepared To Build A Raised Bed Garden?
You can frame your rasied beds with any materials you have available. I built my raised beds with concrete blocks. Some people use hay bales. You can also use landscaping timbers, but watch out not to use chemically treated timbers or rail road ties as these are full of pollutants that can leach dangerous chemicals into your soil. This is never a plus, but its particularly damaging if you are going to be eating the plants you grow.
How gigantic Do Your Garden Beds Need To Be?
A good goal is to have your beds raised 6-12' above the regular soil line, dependent on what soil conditions are like underneath. I've seen some raised bed gardens planted on top of a concrete driveway. If you have enough soil in your bed, your plants won't mind a bit!
The dirt On Raised Beds Gardens
The final step in building raised beds for your herb garden or vegetable garden is filling the bed with soil. I recommend digging the layer of soil beneath your bed to loosen it and provide a hospitable environment for bold longer roots. This is especially important for pernneial herbs and any other plants that may have a particularly deep root system, like asparagus as an example. Another significant factor is enriching the soil with organic matter. If you have it, finished compost makes an excellent filler for your raised bed garden. Making your own compost is the cheapest option, but you may also buy compost, potting soil, and other glorious high quality soil mixes at the garden center.
Making raised beds is a great weekend garden project. Commence with a small garden and shortly you'll have a sweet, healthy patch of herbs with delicious leaves ready for the picking.