How to Plan a Raised Bed Garden

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If you’re thinking about gardening with raised beds, it’s important to plan ahead and come up with a good design before you build your beds.

First, make a sketch of your yard and include areas such as patios and existing walkways, as you can easily fit small raised beds in these areas. For example, a small cedar planter box is perfect if you want to grow a full garden in a small space.

Drafting paper and color pencils can help you visualize your design and you can easily distinguish landscape features such as turf, walkways, trees, etc. with different colors. Try and make your drawing to scale if possible so that you can measure the available spaces you have to set up your raised beds.

While many raised beds are portable, in some cases you’ll want to build large, permanent raised beds. That’s why it’s important to observe your yard during a full day and during different seasons so that you can make note of areas of sun and shade.

Next, write a list of the plants you want to grow in your garden. The design and location of your raised beds can depend largely on your plant selection. For example, if you want to grow a collection of sun-loving plants, you’ll need to place your raised beds where you’ll maximize sun exposure.

Now that you have a sketch of your property, you’ll need to design your raised beds so that they fit your needs.

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