Choosing Plants for Raised Beds

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Picking plants for your raised bed is basically the same as with a regular garden bed, with a few differences. For example, you have to take into account the depth of your bed when choosing plants for your raised beds. If you’ve got a rather shallow bed, you’ll be limited to annuals, herbs, and some veggies. The deeper your bed, the more options you’ll have for growing plants in your raised bed.

Also, it’s always a good idea to consider the needs of each one of your plants such as pH, light levels, water, the chemical composition of your soil, etc. Remember that you can take advantage of your raised beds by planting vegetables and fruits closer together than in a traditional garden bed.

It’s important to place plants with similar needs in the same raised bed. You don’t want to grow shade loving plants alongside sun loving plants. You can also separate different kinds of plants in the same bed with the addition of a wooden plank or similar division, but make sure there sunlight and watering needs are similar.

Smaller raised beds are appropriate for a small collection of plants. Several of these raised beds placed on a patio or deck will allow you to grow many different kinds of plants.

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carol May 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

I had may garden boxes in and had a great garden last year, to replant this year do I need to add anything to my soil.

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lars June 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

@carol

It never hurts to add finished compost. Particularly if your soil has settled and it doesn’t look like you have as much as last year. Compost builds soil quality in general.

I added more of the entire Square Foot Gardening recipe to my bed this year — 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 coir, 1/3 compost. My bed had settled quite a bit.

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