Raised Bed Foundation, Spacing, and Orientation

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When you’re thinking about locations for your beds, remember that you’ll be walking and working around your raised beds. It’s important that you have an appropriate, level base for your beds. You can also think about installing brick pathways or stepping stones around your beds. Gravel mulch is also a good option. A paved concrete walkway may be appropriate for some yards.

Maximize sunlight with a north-south orientation. With unusually tall plants, an east-west setup may work better. It’s very important to have proper spacing between your beds so that you can walk and work around them. Make enough space between your beds to allow for a wheelbarrow, lawn mower, or whatever large equipment you may need to move around your garden.

Once you’ve got an idea of the size and the orientation you’d like for your beds, it’s time to sketch out your raised beds and see how they fit in the larger scheme of your garden. Add your raised beds to the drawing of your yard. Try putting them at 90 angles, or several in a row. You can also set up several rows of smaller raised beds. Play around a bit before deciding on a final design for your raised bed garden.

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