Ever heard of a raised garden bed? They’re kind of the best. I spent yesterday shooting a segment on how to put one together, and can now explain to you exactly why they are wonderful. Let’s discuss!
1. They’re great for vegetable gardens because you can place plants very close together, and because the loosely packed soil makes for excellent drainage conditions.
2. They can be used pretty much anywhere (on decks, or even indoors), and are extremely versatile. This is just a simple 4’x4′ bed, but you can stack them, expand them, and even make them into pretty shapes (I ended up stacking a second 4’x4′ bed on top to make the walls a little higher.)
3. They’re so easy to assemble (all you need is a hammer, a screwdriver, potting soil and plants).
4. This particular model is made of green-manufactured composite wood, which means it won’t rot, splinter, warp, or attract critters (save for Lucy, who was extremely interested in the entire process).
Here’s the bed about halfway towards done: I planted some dill, thyme, a couple of flowers for color, and and a few plants that the producer on the shoot picked up and that are completely opaque to me (the ones in the center row; anyone know what they are?).
Next step: I’m planning on adding the tomato plant and the herbs that I potted a few weeks ago to the garden and moving out the flowers (which I decided I’d rather have in pots).