GARDENING DESIGN, HOMESTEAD GARDEN

Raised Vegetable Garden Design

Why Build A Raised Vegetable Garden?

Many people are recognizing the wisdom in growing their own vegetables with a raised vegetable garden design in various shapes and sizes.

Not only do home-grown vegetables taste better and are better for you, in the long run, they will be cheaper.

Often, however, there is not much space for a vegetable patch.

One way to make the best use of a small space is to build a raised vegetable garden.

A raised vegetable garden design will enable you to plant your vegetables closer together than is normally possible, giving a better harvest.

And, because a raised garden bed warms up earlier in the Spring, you can extend your growing season.

Raised Vegetable Garden Size

You will need to position your garden bed where it will receive plenty of sun, have access to water and will be within convenient reach from the house.

Most raised vegetable garden beds are rectangular.

However, any shape is possible as long as you make sure that you can reach every part of the garden without stepping onto the actual bed.

Therefore, it may be prudent to make each raised vegetable garden bed no wider than 4 feet and to leave a pathway all around the outside.

The height of the bed can range from six inches high up to waist high.

Bear in mind that a higher bed will be more difficult to make.

It will require extra materials and also extra bracing or support to make sure that it doesn’t bow under the pressure of the soil.

Raised Vegetable Garden Materials

The walls of your raised vegetable garden design may be made from:

  • Timber
  • Bricks
  • Rocks
  • Concrete blocks
  • Or other recycled materials (such as old tires or large containers).

Alternatively, your garden may be free-form with soil simply piled on top of the ground.

You may wish to use a material which will blend in with other preexisting features in your garden.

There are certain advantages and disadvantages with each of these different materials.

Garden Paths

The pathways should be a width which is comfortable to work in preferably at least two feet wide.

A wider pathway may be desirable if you wish to have room for a wheelbarrow or a wheelchair.