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7 Common Raised Garden Bed Mistakes (Part 1)

Gardening in raised beds really does have a lot of benefits if you do it right. Today I discuss everything gardening so that you can become a better gardener.

Let’s talk about some common mistakes with raised bed garden. Hopefully you can avoid if you’re starting to garden in raised beds.

Mistake #1 making the wrong size bed

The first common raised bed mistake is making the wrong size bed. One of the greatest advantages is being able to access every square inch of the bed.

My bed is four feet wide so with just a two-foot reach I can cover this entire half of the bed and take care of all of the garden activities.

and then by just going to the other side, if your reach is less than two feet make a bed that’s more narrow you don’t have to abide by.

My recommendations is make it wide enough so that you can reach the entire bed if it’s up against a fence or a wall don’t do four feet wide because you can’t reach the other side only.

Make a two foot wide bed if it’s up against some type of barrier and don’t make your bed so long either.

If A bed is twenty or thirty feet long, i have to walk all the way to the end and then all the way back.

And consider the height as well. I like this tall bed because I can easily get on my knees and work within it

but if you’ve got some mobility issues or you don’t like working on your knees, you’re free to adjust the heights of the bed to whatever works best for you.

=> Everything you know about raised bed size is WRONG. Here’s why…

Mistake #2 putting the raised bed in the wrong location

Another common mistake is putting the raised bed in the wrong location. Many gardeners know about the benefits and think that raised beds are almost magical

but they’re not magical enough to overcome the wrong spot. Plants have certain needs like Sun and water and maybe protection from the weather.

Raised beds still need to provide plants with those needs so if you put a raised bed underneath a tree in full shade and your plants don’t do so well, it might not because they’re growing in a raised bed but because they’re growing in the wrong location

Mistake #3 having the wrong spacing between the beds.

The third common mistake is having the wrong spacing between the beds. You need to think about how you garden and how you’re going to garden with raised beds.

It starts with putting soil in the beds which may be the very first thing you have to do. I have my beds about three feet apart so that I have ample room to move my wheel barrow in and fill the beds and then later that’ll be plenty of room to bring in compost and mulch

but in the end I’ve only got two feet of separation because I don’t have to move my wheelbarrow in all directions, just down a single path

and two feet is enough for me to walk between the beds and move from one side to the other.

If they’re too close together, I might not be able to walk easily and I probably for sure wouldn’t be able to get my wheelbarrow in

so considered those kind of factors when you place your beds. You can have them as far apart as you want but if you’ve got them too close together even simple tasks like watering can become quite difficult.

Mistake #4: filling your bed with the wrong kind of soil

The next common mistake is filling your bed with the wrong kind of soil.

For me, one of the greatest benefits is being able to choose the soil that can best benefit my plants

but too many gardeners when they’re starting a raised bed garden will just build the bed and then take their soil and fill it

my soil test showed that my native soil is lacking in nutrients and your garden is probably the same way so if I were to take this poor soil that I really can’t grow much in and then put it into a bed, i’m not going to have very good results

so as a minimum consider, adding organic material like compost to your soil and if you can get better so maybe a blend that’s already got the compost and nutrients mixed into it

Better soil will give you better plants which will lead to better results.

Source: Gardener Scott

What others said about this topic on social media…

Mark Nadams Almost time to replace the sides of our raised beds again. I’ve always used 2×12’s that need replacing every 5 or 6 years in the past. This gets old fast and I’m not getting any younger. This time we are thinking of making a form and pouring short connectable cement walls to make our next rebuild last, so I won’t need to rebuild it again. Those were all good things that Gardener Scott mentions to consider when you build your raised beds. One more tip: In deep raised beds like his, you can save $ and fill the bottom half hugelkultur style, with old rotting logs and leave the top 12″ for your well amended soil and compost. The rotting wood will add to the organics as it decomposes and provide a mycorrhizae inoculant for the soil microbes to thrive.

mulli mulli said Bought a chicken earlier to make some sandwiches.. biggest waste of time! Just runs round the kitchen clucking and pooping.

old man said If you have any kind of material laying around your place….ask urself …would this make a raised bed…?? for free ??? It doesnt need to last for 20 years … in 3 or 4 years you wil have harvested enuff to feed an army

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