Creating a Raised Garden

Raised gardens are created normally when you have a poor soil condition where you will be creating your garden above the ground to have full control over the soil texture and its ingredients. This type of gardening, which is also known as the raised bed gardens, can be contained by building a wood or stone structure in order to keep the bed intact with the soil and amendments piled several inches high. Plants such as herbs, vegetables, perennials and also shrub can be grown in the raised garden.

What you need:

  1. A sunny and open area in the yard
  2. Stone blocks that can be stacked
  3. High-quality dirt

Raised Garden


  1. Determine the right location or open spaces in your garden especially an area where the most sunlight is received for quite a long period because this is the area which is the most suitable for you to create the type of raised garden that you want.
  2. Make sure that the garden would be able to get as much water as possible whether to create a sprinkler system or to just use your existing water hose if you think it is long enough to reach the raised garden.
  3. Then, you need to outline your beds using stakes and also decide on the shape, size, plus also the plants that you want to grow. Whenever you decide to use 1 foot long stone blocks, you should not create a bed that has a half foot to it unless you want to be cutting blocks.
  4. Once your stakes are ready, you must monitor whether the area is suitable and is able to receive the sun rays that it needs.
  5. The blocks that you create must be high enough enabling you to easily handle the harvesting and weeding task. Stone blocks are the most suitable materials to be used rather than wood because they do not rot and deteriorate. You must also ensure that you have enough space in between the beds to help you walk, mow or do some cleaning of the area.
  6. When the block beds are ready, you can fill them with high quality dirt. They are also full of nutrients especially if you are planting vegetables or fruit plants.
  7. If you are using a sprinkler water system, you must test it to see whether the system covers all areas of the raised bed garden. If you are planting plants, which will grow high, it is better to have a tall sprinkler system that would be able to water downward.
  8. Finally, you need to place the plants in tidy rows for better growth of the plants and make sure to water them regularly.

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Additional Reading:

All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!

Cubed Foot Gardening: Growing Vegetables in Raised, Intensive Beds