Easy Way To Build A Raised Garden Bed
I started my growing on this property with easy-to-use pots, and when I found you could purchase a brand in a size that was big enough to really plant out a larger amount of food, I was excited to give it a try. And setting this raised garden bed could not have been easier. All beds need to be filled with solid and planted out – but the bed setup time is nearly ZERO.
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How To Fill A Raised Garden Bed
If you’re thinking about starting a garden, you may wonder how to fill a raised garden bed. Luckily, it’s not as complicated as you might think. The first step is to determine the size and shape of your bed. Many bagged garden soil mixes are sold in 1 cubic foot bags. To figure out what you need, you can easily estimate the amount of soil this way. For most vegetables, you’ll want to have at least 12” or 1 foot deep of soil. So the bed dimensions are the cubic feet you need. A 4’x4’ bed filled with 1 foot of soil needs 16 cubic feet of soil. 4’ x 4’ x 1’ = 16 cubic feet. A 4×2 needs 8 cubic feet, etc.
If your bed is deeper than 12”, then you can use old logs, sticks, leaves, and old mulch to help fill the void area where your veggies won’t be growing anyway. For this round bed, I already knew it was 100 gallons, so I used Google to convert 100 gallons to cubic feet. But I knew I wanted about ⅓ to be logs and filler, so I reduced that amount by ⅓ and used 12 – 5 gallon buckets to fill the bed, leaving a bit of room on the top for mulch, too.
Once you’ve made the calculations, you’ll need to choose the type of soil that’s right for your plants. If you’re unsure, your local nursery or garden center can help you decide. For us, we are using a raised bed mix with soil, compost, fine wood chips, and remains of past garden pots. Once you’ve selected your soil, it’s time to start filling your bed. If you’re using bags of soil, remember to use a garden hose to evenly distribute the soil. If you’re using loose dirt, you can simply shovel it into the bed. Once your bed is filled, you’ll need to level off the soil and add a layer of mulch. This will help to hold moisture in and keep weeds at bay. With a little time and effort, you can easily fill a raised garden bed and get one step closer to having a beautiful garden.
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3 Prong Tool Cultivator – This is similar to mine, the one I use was a gift from a friend.
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About Michelle in the Meadow
I am a suburban gardener located in zone 9A in Northeast Florida. I started growing in this suburban lot in 2019 and have expanded the garden yearly. In 2020 I started making Facebook Videos about the garden, and in 2022 created this YouTube channel. I enjoy making content about my garden, what I’m growing and learning, and from time to time, the general vlog, too.
Michelle in the Meadow YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbUGYMmjynlYUxC_-Mz5Kng
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michelleinthemeadow
Technology I Use Around The Garden and For The Videos
Gimbal for my Samsung Phone (Yes, I shoot my video on my cell phone)
Blink Outdoor Cameras – I purchased them on Prime Day, and the deal was so good I couldn’t pass it up. Now to have a little fun around the Meadow.
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