Planting Your Own Raised Garden - Great Lakes Ace Hardware Store

Follow these 4 important steps to plant your own raised garden:

Raised garden beds are great for growing small plots of veggies or flowers, they help keep weeds away from your plants, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage and help keep pests out.

Recommended Materials:

  • Ace® 4’ x 4’ Cedar Raised Garden Bed Kit
  • Whitney Farms® Organic Raised Bed Mix -Or- Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil
  • Whitney Farms® Organic Raised Bed Plant Food
  • Ready To Transplant Seedling -Or- Seed Packets

Top Tips For Growing a Successful Raised Garden:

1. Installation & Layout Tips
Follow assembly instructions for your raised bed kit. If you are using a bottomless bed you may want to consider using a landscape fabric to help prevent weeds. Make sure to level the bed to avoid uneven soil settling or drainage. Plants will grow best if the long side of the bed faces south. This allows all plants to get equal sun exposure throughout the day.

2. Decide What You Want To Grow
Some factors you want to consider when picking what you would like to grow are exposure to sunlight, which plants will take similar amounts of water. And how deep your garden will be. Most plants need at least 12” of soil to grow well.

3. How Much Soil Will You Need?
The amount of soil you need to purchase to fill your raised bed garden depends on the size and depth of your bed and what plants you have chosen to grow. Fill your assembled bed with the proper amount of soil.

4. How To Care For Your Raised Garden Plants
Once your raised garden is installed and filled you can plant seeds or transplant your seedlings. Remember, start with great soil, water when soil is dry, add a layer of mulch, feed your plants, watch for weeds and check for pests daily.

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