Building a raised garden bed allows you to explore your creativity and use whatever materials you have around to establish the perfect gardening space.
If you live in an area prone to flooding, raised garden beds will allow your plants to have a full growing season uninterrupted by the floods. The recommended depth of raised garden beds is about 11 inches to give the roots of the plants enough space to grow and adequate breathing room above.
If your soil isn’t so great, or riddled with rocks and you don’t have time, you can be like us and go to the raised route. We hauled in some really nice topsoil and compost and used the hugelkultur method.
Also, if you have always wanted to practice gardening but are repelled by the thought of pests and weeds, raised garden beds are the perfect solution for you. As you start out, there are different raised garden ideas that you can try out depending on the materials you have.
For example, if you have large jute bags lying around, you can fill them up with soil, place them in an area where they have access to direct sunlight, and plant your herbs, flowers, or veggies like potatoes and carrots. However, due to the perforations on the jute bags, you will have to water the soil frequently for the plants to grow.
Do you have some leftover concrete cinder blocks lying around your property from your previous construction project? Well, instead of letting the cinder blocks waste away, you can stack them together to build a concrete raised garden bed. Concrete is heavy and strong and will therefore allow you to build a durable raised garden that can withstand any weather condition.
Another unique raised garden bed idea to try out if you live on a farm is a hay bale raised garden bed. Take the bale of alfalfa straws or wheat that you have in your farm and pile it up to build the walls of the raised bed. As the hay decomposes, it will provide a source of nutrients to your plants.