How to Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

Building the raised bed frame.
Select a non-toxic material like untreated wood, modular blocks, or recycled plastic lumber. Also, check out the Internet for raised bed kits options. Remember to strengthen the corners of the structure with brackets or wood blocks for extra structural stability. Don’t use railroad ties or pressure treated boards that contain any creosote or arsenic.
Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

Plan Your Vegetable and Herb Garden

The minimum depth for the bed should be 12”, but if you'll accommodate 18”, your plant roots are going to be stronger and your plants healthier.

Once the frame is built.

Lay down a weed blocking fabric liner on the pave to stop soil loss.
Secure the liner to the within of the frame, rising the edges.
Add a 2” layer of gravel for extra drainage and aeration.
Lay the second layer of cloth and add your soil mixture.
A raised bed is an easy place to “go organic”.
Aim for a 50-50 mixture of clean loam and compost for well-drained soil. Add grit sand for drainage (available at your local home center; start with about 10 lbs/square yard). In a raised bed, it's easy to vary the soil composition. If you need more drainage, just add more sand. If a richer soil is needed, increase organic matter by adding manure, decomposed leaves, or more compost. Get your soil mixture right, and you'll be rewarded with healthy, beautiful plants.

Time to plant.

Before planting, water the bed thoroughly to settle the soil. Soil should be about 2” below the highest of the bed. Fill your bed with low maintenance, drought-tolerant plants (pgs. 12-14), and send you before and after photos to us (be more specific here, either give an address or refer to it on another page) to be included in future Greenscapes materials. Here’s to your future garden!

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