Raised Garden Bed FAQs

Raised Garden Bed FAQs

Growing flowers, fruits and vegetables is a national pastime, but for those who can't devote to or tend to a traditional garden, raised garden beds may be a solution. These beds allow growers to enjoy gardening even when the only space available is on a patio or balcony. For those considering raised bed gardening, there may be several questions. Below are answers to some of the most popular questions about raised garden beds.

Q: Which type of raised garden bed is best for flowers?

One that provides at least 9 inches of soil depth for full flower root development is best, and it is important to obtain a well-drained soil.

Q: What do I put on the bottom of my raised garden bed?

Placing potting soil at least 8 inches deep will prevent weeds on the ground from competing with the ideal plant, so nothing is needed. However, shallower raised beds will benefit from a layer of cardboard or old newspaper, which will act as a biodegradable weed barrier.

Q: How deep should a raised garden bed be?

A raised garden should be deep enough for plant roots to grow freely. Maybe only 6 to 8 inches for compact herbs and flowers, while vegetables like eggplant and kale will do better in soil 12 to 18 inches deep or more.

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