Get Your Raised Beds Ready for Spring

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Agriculture agent, Benjamin Collette, conducts raised bed workshop with EBCI

Agriculture agent, Benjamin Collette, conducts raised bed workshop with EBCI

The gardens have died back and now it’s time to start planning out for this spring! One thing to consider is building raised beds to start or expand your garden space. Some might ask what some of the reasons are to have a raised bed. Some reasons to have a raised bed might include having better control of your soil, easy deliberate planning, can be elevated to minimize bending over, and you can use them in areas with poor or no soil. There are many types of raised beds- they can be simple mounds of soil, a built ground level raised bed from lumber or other materials, or an elevated raised bed for easy reach or that’s handicap accessible. You can create your raised bed from all sorts of materials. You could utilize lumber, stones, concrete blocks, metal sheeting, hay bales, natural woody debris, and other sources, such as repurposed material like pallets and odd furniture!

Example of a stone built raised bed

Example of a stone built raised bed

Example of an unusual raised bed idea using an old bath tub

Example of an unusual raised bed idea using an old bath tub

Additionally, you may be interested in finding out if any wood, pallets, or furniture you use has been chemically treated or painted, as this may have adverse effects on your garden and/or you. When you are thinking about your design, also consider the size of your raised bed. If you want easy access, you won’t want to make it so large that you won’t be able to reach far spots in the garden. You will also need to fill your raised bed. Filling materials can include bagged compost and vegetable/garden soil or topsoil. You can also consider using the tribal compost system and get compost from them. After you have your raised bed built and filled, consider having your soil tested to see what additives, if any, your soil may need. Please reach out if you have any questions, and happy gardening!

Benjamin Collette

828-359-6928

benjcoll@nc-cherokee.com

Design to build an elevated raised bed

Design to build an elevated raised bed