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7 Common Raised Garden Bed Mistakes (Part 2)

Mistake #5 using the wrong material to construct your bed.

The fifth common mistake is using the wrong material to construct your bed.

I really like the look of wood and that’s why most of my beds are made of wood but I realized that it’s going to decompose and rot over time so my wood beds at some point will need to be replaced

but I live in a very dry region so that breakdown takes a long time. If you live in a very wet and humid environment, you might want to bypass the wooden beds completely and maybe consider something like these galvanized steel beds.

I’ll never have to replace these at all. There are also other materials that you can use.

As I expand my garden, I’m going to be using cinder block and brick and stone materials that I don’t have to worry about their decomposition. Just be aware that you have choices in the material that you use and those choices should represent the conditions within your specific garden.

Mistake #6 not mulching

The six common mistake is not mulching

Just because a raised bed has wonderful soil in it, that’s not reason to forget the mulch. This holds true in the entire garden.

You should be using mulch at every opportunity. After I fill the bed and I’ve got my seeds or plants in it. I’m adding mulch and the mulch stays in place pretty much for the life of the bed

Mulch has so many great benefits that there are very few reasons you should not be using it

so again it’s not magical, you still need to garden in a raised bed just like you would garden anywhere else in your landscape and that holds true with many other aspects of gardening.

Raised bed gardening isn’t that much different another.

Mistake #7 not amending the soil

Another common mistake is not amending the soil.

Sure if you start with a great soil and your raised bed, you’re off to a wonderful beginning but you need to continue to keep your soil alive.

You need to continue adding organic amendments like compost on a regular basis.

Don’t just let it go because of its magical properties . Treat it just like you would any other section of your garden and don’t forget the amendments

Mistake #8 not having a plan for irrigation

The eighth common mistake is not having a plan for irrigation

If you choose to hand water, that’s perfectly fine but you need to anticipate how you’re gonna drag your hose and how you’re going to access all of your beds

and this does play in with the spacing but if you want to use drip irrigation. Think about how you’re going to put that drip irrigation in place long before you actually put the beds in place

and I’m not a fan of overhead sprinkler watering because you’ve got all this pathway space that the water is being wasted on and particularly if you’re using the wooden beds

well now all that water is no different than living in a very rainy environment and you’ll hasten the decomposition of the wood

so think about how you water your plants and anticipate raised bed gardening being not much different than a regular in-ground bed

Mistake #9 ignoring your pathways

Another common mistake is ignoring your pathways

I’m just starting with a raised bed so I haven’t gotten to it yet but soon I’ll be covering these pathways with a thick layer of mulch probably pine needles or wood chips but I want to keep weeds from growing in this open ground

and it makes little sense to spend all your time focused on the soil and the mulch within the beds and not thinking about what’s happening on the outside of the beds

Weeding is very easy once you establish a good raised bed system but it’s still hard in open ground

so mulch your pathways using whatever material you like. You could use gravel or if you want a more formal look you could use brick but definitely cover this open ground so you don’t have unwanted plants growing in it

Mistake #10 not taking advantage of hoops over your raised beds

The 10th common mistake is a personal preference of mine and it might be new to you but it’s not taking advantage of hoops over your raised beds

Because it’s extremely easy quite simple to establish a hoop system and you can see the plastic that I’ve got over my hoops

Well right now this time of year, it’s giving me the opportunity to grow some plants before my last frost date in summer, I’ll take the plastic off and I’ll use some shade cloth on these same hoops to help protect some of my tender plants hoops

and raised beds go together quite well and it’s something you should definitely consider doing.

What others said about this topic on social media

C S2 said I stronger discourage people from building against a fence or building. Especially if it’s your neighbors fence. You’ll create an unweedable area… Follow my grandpa’s rule. Its gotta be at least enough room to run a lawn mower through it..

Veronica Gallegos Great! I like that when you give an instruction you also give the explanation for it. Which direction should your rows of vegetables be running? East to west or north to south?