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Photo: Raised Bed Planted © 2012 Sheryl Westleigh

Photo: Raised Bed Planted © 2012 Sheryl Westleigh

If you’re starting a raised bed vegetable garden, one of the most important things you’ll need to consider is the layout of the garden. Many gardeners make some mistakes the first time around that makes it harder to care for their garden. Raised bed vegetable garden layout is critical for ensuring that your plants receive the nutrients, water and sunshine that they need. Of course, the size and shape of your land will have a big impact on the layout that you choose. To help you create the best possible layout, ensuring the best success of your garden, here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.

Plan Ahead

First, it’s very important to plan your raised bed vegetable garden layout ahead of time. This way you ensure that you set it up right the first time. Planning ahead is important because it can be difficult to make moves after your plants are growing. You’ll also want to focus on planning a layout that allows for additions in the future. An expandable plan will allow you to add more raised beds later if you need the extra room. Make sure you know what vegetables you plan on growing ahead of time as well. This will help you determine the amount of space needed, making it easier to come up with a layout that will work for the vegetables you plan to raise. For space recommendations, you can look on the back of vegetable seed packets for some guidance.

Photo: Make Your Beds! © 2012 rpaterso

Photo: Make Your Beds! © 2012 rpaterso

Have Separate Boxes for Each Vegetable

Different vegetables need different things. Some may need more sun or water than others. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have separate boxes for each vegetable you’re planning when you’re starting a raised bed vegetable garden. When you go with smaller boxes that are unattached, it gives you better mobility in your garden as well. It allows you to easily move boxes if you have to make minor adjustments to your layout in the future. You should also plan to leave a couple feet between all of the beds you create. This allows you to easily access each of the vegetable boxes that are a part of your garden. Amazon offer a wide range of different types of beds, from big to small and wide to thin which will fit any size garden. You check them out here.

Choosing Your Location

Choosing the location for your garden is an essential step. You’ll need a good location, no matter the type of raised bed vegetable garden layout you choose. An ideal spot for vegetable gardening should have good drainage and be fairly level. It’s best to go with a location that gets full sun for at least eight hours out of the day. Once you have a good overall location for your raised garden, then you can focus more on the specific layout that you want to use.

Avoid Beds that are Too Wide

Another important tip to remember when starting a raised bed vegetable garden and creating an effective layout is to avoid creating beds that are too wide. It’s usually a good idea to go with beds that are only four feet wide or smaller. This makes maintenance easier for you, since you’ll be able to reach the middle of the raised bed from either side without a problem. If you go with beds that are wider than four feet, it will be difficult to reach the vegetable plants located in the middle of the bed. For example, the Suncast raised garden kit offers you the option to build smaller, more manageable beds.

Place Taller Plants in the Back

[threecol_two]When it comes to choosing a raised bed vegetable garden layout, it’s important to place taller plants in the back of the garden. Usually, the side that is facing the west is the best place for these tall plants. Shorter plants should go in the front of the garden, facing the east side. Why is this important? You want to make sure that the taller plants don’t block the sun from your shorter plants, which will keep them from getting the sunlight they need to grow. The sun rises from the east, so keeping your shortest plants in the front and facing east will ensure they get plenty of sun, especially during the morning. Your taller plants in the back will still get that morning sun as well without shading the other smaller plants.

Planting a new raised bed vegetable garden can be fun. It’s exciting to raise your own vegetables. Keep these tips in mind to ensure you choose the best raised bed vegetable garden layout to ensure your garden is a success. A couple of the kits which we have found to be the best are the Lifetime Raised Garden Bed Kit,Suncast Cedar Wood Raised Garden Kit or the Frame It All Raised Garden Kit. You can never stop learning different tips which you can use to benefit in the garden, so why not check out 10 essential tips to remember.[/threecol_two] [threecol_one_last]

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12 Reponses to “How to Create a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Layout

  • Nancy Morris says:

    Have a question, there are many cats in the neighborhood. They love my raised garden too, but not for the veggies the garden produces. Any way to stop cats from using my raised gardens as their personal facilities?

    • green thumbs says:

      Hi Nancy, I have tried many ways in stopping cats using my gardens as areas which they shouldn’t be doing certain things. One of the most effective ways I’ve found is to use netting up the sides or even a small fence. Some people I have spoke to have found using scarecrows to work well.

  • Le Kellum says:

    Using orange peels around flower beds is supposed to keep out cats. Perhaps it will work for the raised beds as well

    • green thumbs says:

      I’ve herd of that tip before, never thought about using with raised beds. Thank you for sharing with everyone

  • Jen says:

    We live with many critter in the nearby woods! We do not have a fenced yard so what is the best solution for keeping out rabbits and racoons?

    • green thumbs says:

      Hi Jen,

      You can build a fance around the area which will stop the rabits but for the racoons you would want to install an electric fence as well. Racoons are very hard to keep away and this method has been proven to work well. You can try to use netting over the area but more often the racoons will still find away in. Hope you manage to sort out your problem.

  • Lisa says:

    For cats, I have traps set. When one is caught I call the Humane Society and they come pick them up and take to a shelter. About 3 years ago, I caught over 100 of them. My poor vegetable garden never made it, but this year I should have a nice harvest.

    • green thumbs says:

      That’s a very good idea, at least it should stop them coming back in the future and its humane. Have you checked out our new post on the contech scarecrow sprinkler , this is another good way in which you can keep animals such as cats our of your garden.

  • John Mallary says:

    I have found that the sprinkler gadgets only have temporary positive results. I will be honest and tell you that my BB gun is the only think that worked long term. It has no long term ill effect on the neighbors cats, however, they remember the sting of the BB and don’t come back.

    • green thumbs says:

      I can see why you prefer the BB option but many people don’t like to use them as it causes pain to the animal. I suppose its down to personal preference in which method you choose to use and which one works best in your area. I do agree about the sprinkler system but after trying it in different locations I found the cats started being scared again.

  • sunnyh says:

    BBs can do major damage. My cousin shot a neighbor’s bad tempered dog to chase it out of our yard with one at quite a distance and its leg had to be amputated.

    • Morgan Shore says:

      That’s very true they can, people don’t see them hurting animals but they do. Animals have feeling as well and just because they are coming into our gardens, it doesn’t give us the right to hurt them. There is many different ways we can prevent them coming into the garden with causing pain.

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