Best Raised Garden Bed Ideas
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With the weather getting warmer it is definitely time to start planting your vegetable garden, and depending on where you live, you may have started already. The optimal vegetable garden design should have some shade but mostly sun to grow the best fruits and veggies. Most vegetables need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day, while others do well with partial shade. Here are some of the best raised garden bed ideas to help you get your garden started.
What Is The Best Vegetable Garden Design?
A vegetable garden design will depend on where a person lives and how much space they have to grow their garden. Gardens can be grown on your front porch or patio in containers, or planted in your backyard. You may just want to grow tomatoes or you might want a full garden.
For me personally, I love a big garden and prefer raised vegetable garden beds, making this my pick for one of the best raised garden beds.
Having a raised vegetable garden allows you to stand comfortably over your garden instead of hurting your back and knees while on the ground. It also allows for ease of planting and picking your veggies as you can walk around the raised planter for full access.
Another vegetable garden design idea would be a three tiered raised garden bed. They sit on the ground but give a nice farmhouse look while still having a raised design. These come in kits to build yourself with easy assembly. These beds expand making it easy to grow your garden and can be stacked with ease.
The three-tiered bed shown above has flowers but can be used to plant vegetables. I have never used the planter above but the top two tiers are deeper and will take more soil to fill. What I have done in the past with my raised gardens is to put pea gravel in the bottom and then put the soil on top. Just make sure there are holes under the gravel for drainage.
If you are tight on space or you would like a vegetable garden design for your front porch or patio, then this four-foot raised garden bed is perfect for you. It's easy to assemble and comes with bins that are food safe and BPA-free. This will add a unique farmhouse style to your outdoor garden.
If you are limited in space, then another Vegetable garden design idea would be this wooden raised garden bed. It's made of natural pine with no harmful chemicals and is safe for growing fruits and vegetables. It also includes a bottom shelf for storage to hold potted plants or gardening tools.
Which Fruits and Vegetables Do Best In The Sun or Shade?
Vegetables and fruits that need full sun for at least six hours a day include tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, squash, melons, cucumbers, peas, and sweet potatoes (just to name a few).
If you only have partial sun (three to six hours a day) but mostly shade, then you will want to try your hand at growing asparagus, onions, cabbage, beets, celery, carrots, and cauliflower.
Are you limited to only three hours of sun per day? No worries! You can easily grow spinach, kale, leeks, scallions, and lettuce.
The Vegetable Sunlight Guide has great information on growing your vegetable and fruit garden in full sun or shade.
This is just a sample of the best raised garden bed ideas. Whether you have full sun or partial sun and shade, there are so many different vegetable garden design ideas to choose from. I would love to hear what kind of garden you have and see some pictures. Have fun and happy gardening!
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