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Tips on Building a Raised Bed for Your Garden

Posted in Railway Sleeper News by on January 28th 2015

Are you planning to build garden Railway sleeper raised bed kits? Follow these tips to ensure durable and effective results, fit for growing plants, vegetables, etc.

Choose a long-lasting material

 There are different types of materials for raised bed gardening. The most commonly used material is wood. It is advisable to use thicker boards for raised beds because they last longer. Regular pressure-treated lumber nowadays is treated with chemicals, preventing it from rotting easily. These chemicals are safe for growing plants. There are also plenty of options for people who prefer untreated wood.

Make your soil

 Some houses have back gardens that do not have rich soil for gardening. One benefit of using raised beds for gardening is that you can make your own soil. Start with a planting mix which is usually composed of topsoil, compost and other organic materials like animal manure. The soil test will help you to identify what is lacking in your soil. If your soil is rich, you can lessen the use of fertiliser since you are assured that your plants are growing in a nutrient-rich environment. You can further research the plant you want to grow to establish its requirements regarding soil type.

Plan the placement of the raised bed

 Place the raised bed in an area with the right amount of sunlight. Remember that too much sunlight can cause harm to the plants, especially in the early stages of growth. You can also place the raised bed in a shaded area near some trees. Water the raised bed regularly to prevent it from drying out. You can use hay or straw on top of the raised bed during the summer months if it is positioned in an exposed area.

Loosen the soil in the area where you intend to place the raised bed

 A raised bed that is built in a compacted area is prone to erosion. Make sure that you break up or loosen the soil with a garden fork before building your raised bed. This will facilitate proper rooting conditions for the plants. Some gardeners remove a slightly deeper layer for enhanced rooting.


If you are looking for high-quality raised bed kits, contact Railway Sleeper on +44 (0)1536 267107.

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