Raised bed gardening is a very comfortable kind of gardening out there. It has so many benefits like the control on your soil, the height of raised bed for your comfort, and you can perform no dig gardening using raised beds.
You can build your herb garden in containers easily, I have many many articles on building a herb garden indoors or outdoors. Here are a few of them:
- How To Build An Outdoor Herb Garden
- How To Make DIY Mason Jars Herb Garden
- 15 Indoor Herb Container Garden Ideas
In this post I will explain the process of building a raised garden bed and then planting herbs in it. You may have to spend a little money on building your raised bed. You can build your own raised bed or you can order one from different stores.
How To Build Raised Bed For Herbs
Select A Good Location: This one is a very important step. You need to choose a good sunny location for your raised bed. Select a location that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. If you are living in hot climates where winter is not very harsh, fewer hours of sunlight can do the trick.
Choose Your Material: Now you have so many choices. You can build your raised bed out of cinder blocks, bricks, old milk carats, and good quality wood. Choose whatever is suitable for you. If you don’t want to build, you can order one of these from Garden Supply Company.
Clean Your Site: Cleaning your site is very necessary because grass and weeds can be a big headache. You can also put cardboard and landscape fibers on the bottom to stop the growth of weeds in your raised bed. Here are a few guides that might help you in controlling weeds:
Soil For Your Raised Bed: Soil is the best thing when it comes to raised garden beds because you can control and amend your soil according to your plant’s needs. Do not fill your soil with simple garden soil, fill it with a good type of soil. Here is a guide in terms of filling your raised bed with a good type of soil.
Raised Bed Idea For Seniors Or A Handicap: Yes you can build your raised bed which is suitable for seniors or handicapped. Build a high waist raised bed or a raised bed planter. Here are 10 Raised Garden Bed Plans For Seniors. If your choice is a raised bed planter, use potting soil to fill it instead of other kinds of soil.
How To Start Your Herb Garden In Your Raised bed
After assembling your raised bed and filling it with good soil now it’s time to start growing your herbs. Follow these steps to build your first raised bed herb garden.
Seeds Or Seedlings: You can start with seeds or seedlings of herbs. If you are a beginner, start with seedlings from a local nursery or plant store. You can also regrow store-bought cuttings of herbs. Learn how to re-grow store-bought vegetables again and again.
Few Popular Herbs: At the start you should only grow herbs that you use in your daily life. Here a few herbs that you might like to grow: basil, mint, parsley, coriander, thyme, and dill. Here are a few guides of growing these herbs:
Watering Needs: There are so many factors that affect the need for water of your herbs. Plants in hot summer days need more water, maybe on a daily basis. But you should always check the soil’s moisture level before watering. If the top 2 inches of soil are dry, give water to your herbs. Learn Every Thing About Watering Your Plants In A Raised Bed Garden.
Fertilizer’s Needs Of Herbs: If your soil is good, you don’t need any kind of fertilizer. But if you need fertilizers, don’t use chemical fertilizers. Use organic compost and organic manure to fertilize your plants. Learn how to make your compost.
Mulch: Mulching is a very healthy activity. It reduces the evaporation of water in summer and saves planta from drying out, it stops the growth of weeds, and it adds extra nutrients in the soil after decomposing. Do not use plastic mulch, always use organic mulch like dry leaves, straw, and grass clippings.
Vegetables Other Than Herbs: In a raised garden bed, you can grow any kind of vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. Here Is Top 10 Summer Veggies To Grow In A Raised Bed.