How to get started with your garden at home
Gardening can be a very rewarding experience. Having a yard full of plants is not just a feast for the eyes. After growing your own herbs and vegetables you’ll have a nice little supply of fresh ingredients for cooking at home. But unfortunately, many people hesitate to set up a garden because they believe there simply isn’t enough space to grow plants. A recent trend in gardening has seen many happy gardeners overcome this challenge by setting up a raised garden bed.
Raised garden beds can come in all shapes and sizes and can be built from a variety of materials such as timber and metal. One of the best advantages of having a raised garden bed is being able to grow your plants above ground level. Doing this enables you to protect your plants from weeds and certain pests. It also becomes a lot easier to access and maintain your garden thanks to the elevated height.
Are you already sold on the idea of installing a raised garden bed in your home? Then let’s look at some top tips for getting it done.
Choosing the right materials
When raised garden beds are made with the right materials they can help enhance the look of your garden. Certain timber and metal finishes can add an eye-catching element to your garden. You may also be surprised by how easy it is to set up raised garden beds in your backyard. Many raised garden beds today are fully assembled or come in a kit that requires very basic assembly.
A raised garden bed should be made from weatherproof materials that will last as long as any other piece of outdoor furniture. Corrugated iron and coated steel are just two great options when it comes to raised garden beds made from metal.
Our current range of raised garden planters are made from a solid steel construction. A layer of powder coating ensures these raised garden beds are resistant to outdoor weather conditions. If you’re looking for an easier way to customise the look for your garden then consider a more mobile option. Our Raised Mobile Garden Planter features a set of wheels that make it easy to move around and reposition wherever you want in the garden. A great option that enables you to move plants into areas of your yard with optimum sunlight.
Finding the right spot
Where you install your raised garden beds can influence how well your plants will grow. Generally speaking, vegetables need at least eight hours of full sun every day. So consider installing your raised garden beds in an area that receives plenty of sun. Vegetables that require plenty of sun include varieties of capsicum, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
But if you’re struggling to find spaces with sunlight you can always opt for vegetables and greens that can thrive in shaded areas. Root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots are well known for being able to thrive in shaded areas. Leafy greens like your spinach and kale will also do quite well. Herbs are also very resilient and generally don’t require as much care or maintenance as vegetables.
While you’re choosing the right spot you may also want to consider how easy it is to access a water supply. Do you have a hose nearby that’s easily accessible? you’ll need to ensure they can be watered every day. The same can be said for the warmer seasons of the year.
Use the right soil
You might have a whole backyard full of soil but that doesn’t mean the soil is good enough for planting vegetables. Plants need to absorb plenty of nutrients from the soil in order to grow. More often than not you’ll find the soil in your own backyard won’t have enough nutrients in it for healthy plant growth.
It’s also important to consider the fact that whatever plants absorb in the soil ultimately goes into the edible parts of them such as the leaves. So always consider using safer options for your soil such as store-bought fertiliser, manure, and soil improver. These options will be jam-packed with all the essential nutrients your plants need. Alternatively, you could also set up a compost bin at home to help turn all your kitchen food scraps into fertiliser. Establishing a worm farm is another great option too.
By using a raised garden bed you have more control over what goes into the soil. There is less chance of contaminating the soil supply with other soils located in your backyard. Using a Soil pH meter you can test the quality of the soil you have in your garden beds. Your soil can be acidic, alkaline or neutral which sits somewhere in between. Most plants thrive within levels that are in between neutral and acidic.
When it comes to choosing plants for a raised garden bed it really comes down to your personal preference. You can be limited by space and access to the sun. What really matters is the level of care you put into growing plants. Always make sure you pay attention to the growing requirements for the plants you buy.
If you’re growing plants from seed then make sure you sow them at the right time of year. Many plants have very specific seasons they can grow in. It’s also important to consider creating a timetable for your plants. Establish when it’s time to take out a winter crop and when you want to start planting for spring and summer.
If you’re following a plant growing guide then make sure it’s one created for your specific region. Different areas of Australia or New Zealand have their own climate zones. Your backyard could be in a tropical, subtropical or temperate zone. So first identify what zone you’re in before looking up which month or season to start growing certain plants.
One last idea before you go…
If your latest crop of veggies and herbs fail to thrive this year there’s plenty of other creative ways you can use your Raised Mobile Garden Planter. Take this genius solution from one of the guys down in our marketing department. On a sunny afternoon they were running out of esky space and came up with this quick DIY hack for more esky space.
Before you try this out yourself we do recommend you seal up the inside edges with silicone and use a cork to plug the drainage holes. And like any good esky setup, don’t overfill it with ice! Otherwise you’ll have a very heavy esky to empty with all that excess water that comes from the melted ice. If you have any ingenious hacks like this for one of our products then please don’t hesitate to share them on social media. We’d love to see them!