By Paul Epsom
By Paul Epsom from The Victory Garden
Today we're talking about raised beds. Raised beds make gardening easier, there's just no doubt about that. It's easier to control the soil, the drainage—it's also easier to reach—for anyone who is tired of crawling around in the dirt.
Start by building the box. This can be done with wood or concrete, old barn beams or dismantled sandboxes, as long as the perimeter is sturdy and the box is deep enough to hold enough for a foot or two of soil you should be good to go. Make sure there are no toxins on your building materials though. No creosote, or anything like that. It can be any shape or size. Most are rectangular or square.
Once you've made the box, fill it in with a mix of rich top soil, peat moss, manure and/or compost.
Make sure your raised bed is in plenty of sun—point your bed North-South for maximum sun exposure.
Now, plant your vegetables or flowers in rows—lettuce, herbs, tomatoes—whatever you want.
Because the beds are relatively shallow, make sure you keep them watered.
Then sit back and watch as your veggies grow strong and healthy.