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Even though our house is still(!) under construction, Spring has me thinking of gardening. In addition to all the landscaping that will be going in, I’m planning to have a raised bed vegetable garden.
Last weekend I was at my friend, Linda Bounds’, house touring her raised bed vegetable garden and picking her brain. She shared a lot of great tips which I’m looking forward to implementing in my garden! Sir CB got to hang out with her husband in his woodshop – #winwin.
There are many advantages to a raised bed vegetable garden as opposed to one that’s in-ground. They allow you to grow vegetables in poor soil, better drainage, better weed control, and they can be beautiful! Best of all, raised bed vegetable gardens are a DIY project! To learn how to make a raised bed click here.
I searched the internet to find inspiration for my raised bed vegetable garden and maybe it’ll inspire you to have one of your own!
BEAUTIFUL RAISED BED VEGETABLE GARDENS
How tranquil is this garden? Planting flowers among the vegetables makes it an inviting place to relax.
Besides the flowers, this vegetable garden has a low hedge bordering all the beds. The potted plants add a lot to the beauty of this garden – not everything has to be in beds.
EDGING A FOR RAISED BED VEGETABLE GARDEN
Another advantage to a raised bed garden is that you can use all different types of materials for the edging: lumber, brick, concrete blocks, stones, etc. I’ve even seen colored glass bottles used as edging! Usually, the edging is 8-12 inches high and the beds are 3-4 feet wide. This enables you to reach from the side to the center. Raised bed vegetable gardens can also be made wheelchair accessible by raising them to 30 inches and providing wide pathways.
These raised beds have a very clever feature – copper tape wrapping the tops & corners. Copper tape repels snails and slugs and covers rough edges!
The stone borders give this garden a more casual and rural feel,
while the brick edging here, along with the symmetrical plantings, lends itself to a traditional and elegant garden.
Since we won’t be moving into Cantasita until the summer, I can’t start on the vegetable garden until the fall. Unfortunately, I’ll probably miss the deadline for summer crops like tomatoes, squash, melons, beans, and peppers. But I should be able to grow fall veggies like celery, cauliflower, carrots and beets followed by broccoli, Brussels sprouts, radishes, kohlrabi, spinach, and turnips.
Do you have any tips on growing vegetables?