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A Quick-Start Guide to Elevated Raised Beds

Elevated raised beds

Elevated raised beds can be used to grow vegetables or flowers.

BY growing in a raised bed, you can have a productive, abundant vegetable garden — even in just a few square feet. Even better, the elevated styles put the garden right at your fingertips. Here's how to make the most of your elevated raised bed:

Soil for raised bed

Use soil that's blended for planters.

Soil

  • Fill your bed with potting soil that's formulated for raised beds and planters, such as our potting mix. Don't use ordinary garden soil; It won't drain properly. To figure out how much soil you need, use the Soil Calculator. If it's a Gardener's Supply bed, you'll find the soil quantity listed with the product details.
  • When you're filling the beds, be sure to mix in some granular fertilizer, which will get the plants off to a good start. Follow up later in the season with regular application of liquid fertilizer.
 
Best site to grow vegetables

Choose a sunny site.

Site

  • Pick a sunny site; vegetables need at least eight hours of sun each day.
  • Make sure you have easy access to water.
 
Best vegetables for compact gardens

Select compact varieties.

What to plant

 

When to plant

 
Watering techniques for raised beds

Monitor moisture levels every day.

Watering, Fertilizing

  • Use your finger to check moisture levels throughout the season. The soil should be moist but not water-logged. Allow it to dry out a bit between waterings.
  • During the heat of summer, you might need to water every day — if rainfall is insufficient.
  • To automate the process, install a timer and a watering system, such as Snip-n-Drip.
  • The granular fertilizer added at the beginning of the season gives your plants a great start. Keep the show growing with regular applications of liquid fertilizer, applied at the rate recommended on the package.
 
Accessories for gardening in raised beds

Trellises make use of vertical space.

Accessories