Raised garden planter boxes are the ideal way to grow vegetables and flowers in your garden if you’re limited for space. The raised beds are simple to maintain and provide you with a wealth of colour and sustainable crops all year round! Want to know how to start? This article will guide you through…
Choose Your Raised Bed Design
You can select a raised garden planter box to meet your needs. If you’ve got an allotment, simply want to brighten up your small outdoor space, or become self-sufficient growing your own fruit and vegetables, then this style of planter will be perfect for you. Timber kits are especially suitable for vegetable gardening as they’re so easy to weed and maintain. You’ll be able to pick natural timber designs in a size that fits into your space to accommodate all your needs.
Deep root planters can be up to a metre deep so allowing plenty of room for growing root vegetables. Pressure treated timber frames will last for about 15 years! This also means you won’t have to treat the wood further, it won’t rot and it’s environmentally friendly too. Bear in mind that raised planter boxes are also beneficial for people with disabilities, as they’re at a height which makes them easy to manage, even from a wheelchair.
Fill With The Perfect Soil Mix
You need to remember that you’ll need a different soil mix depending on what you’re going to plant in your raised garden planter boxes. One of the advantages is that you can create your own mix to suit your situation. Opt for half screened topsoil with half high quality compost. Mix together and once you’ve put it in place you needn’t touch it again.
An alternative mix is one third horticultural vermiculite, one third blended compost and one third peat moss. Mix thoroughly and this will provide all the nutrients the plants need and then all you need to do is add a bit more compose every season. The soil needs to be soft and airy whichever mix you choose. Fertilizer can be added twice a year and lightly worked into the surface for an additional soil boost.
Once the bed is prepared you can plant the fruit, vegetables and flowers of your choice.
Maintain Your Raised Bed
To stop rodents and other pests burrowing into your planter you can invest in some mesh with openings smaller than ½ inch. If you have an attack you can easily eliminate and treat the problem without spoiling the rest of the planter, and the mesh will help deter new infestations.
In early spring lightly sprinkle the surface with fertilizer, during the growing season spray with organic fertilizer, and in the autumn sprinkle slow-release organic fertilizer to maintain the soil ongoing. Keep the beds mulched with organic and non-woody compost and encourage earthworms to live within the layers of earth. Keeping your soil in tip-top condition will make any plants stronger and last longer too.