How to Re-Energize My Garden Bed for New Planting

Whether you are an avid gardener or a first-timer, you’ve likely heard about the merits of using a raised bed garden for planting. Benefits offered by a raised garden bed include fewer weeds because you are better able to control the environment the plants grow in, warmer soil for a longer season, more space for the plants to grow, and no risk of soil compaction from a human stepping on the area. Additionally, the use of fencing around the perimeter of the bed means that animals, such as deer and dogs, are not able to access the plants as easily. 

How to Choose a Soil for a Garden Bed

Another benefit of a raised bed garden is that you can choose the perfect blend of soil and are not reliant on the quality of the dirt or clay in your ground. Typically, the best soil for garden beds includes a mix of worm castings or worm poop, nutrients & minerals, compost and manufactured soil. Additionally, topsoil is included and particular attention should be paid to whether it is cultivated from a conventional farm that utilizes pesticides or an organic one that is pesticide-free. A range of soils can be found at nearly all home improvement and garden supply stores, with many of these locations offering highly-experienced staff that can walk you through the pros and cons of each soil option.

Spring Cleaning for Your Raised Garden Bed

We’ve all heard of spring cleaning for your home, but have you ever given thought to refreshing the soil that is in your garden beds? Since you last planted, it is likely that the soil has begun to settle and it may not be as nutrient-rich as the year before. To rejuvenate your garden bed, you’ll simply want to purchase and layer new compost. Once you’ve purchased new soil, simply remove the first couple layers of dirt to ensure that rocks, bugs and other contaminants are filtered out, and then begin using a rake or hoe to evenly spread the compost in the raised bed garden. When you apply the new soil, be sure not to dig too deep as this can destroy the needed microorganisms, insects and waterways that have been naturally constructed. Instead, you really want to only focus on the top three inches or so of soil.

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