ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make Your First Garden Bed

Updated on April 26, 2011

The first garden bed

It is time to start your first garden bed. When you begin gardening, it is a good idea to keep the garden to a manageable size. I suggest the first bed should be no more than 100 square feet. A lot can be grown in this space and you can make it larger in year two, however, until you have actually worked your garden, you do not know how much time you need to keep the garden growing. So start small and assess your progress.

The first garden bed does not have to be square, it could be a rectangle, I suggest a four foot wide by 25 feet long space if rectangular is the shape, circles also make good garden beds. If you choose a circle be sure to include pathways so you can reach all the bed without stepping on the soil. When you step on soil you compact it and this makes it more difficult to work. A eight foot diameter circles is large enough to get started,

The four foot across rectangle allows you to reach across the garden from either side so you never nave to tread on the soil.

How to Make You First Garden Bed:

1-     Select the site. Vegetables need six to eight hours of sunlight per day so place the bed accordingly.

2-     Measure the bed, a measuring tape comes in handy; I have also used a garden hose to lay out the site or string. Attach the string to four stakes placed in the four corners of the bed. Run the string from pole to pole.

3-     You can remove the sod and turn over the soil, add compost and plant or:

4-     I prefer not to disturb the soil. There are many garden helpers earthworms among them that have their homes destroyed when you turn over the sod. Why harm the helpers?

5-     Once the site is measured, water it thoroughly.

6-     Cover the ground in newspapers, making sure to overlap the papers. Try and avoid the colourful advertising and comic section, water.

7-     Add a layer of organic compost, water.

8-     Add more newspaper, water.

9-     Add a combination (50/50) mulch and compost, water

10-  Plant into mixture and water. You can punch hole for seeds and plants and plant directly.

11-  Mulch

12-  You can now add a border around the bed, rocks and driftwood can be used or you can buy garden borders to suit your taste.

Now all you need to do is pay attention to the garden, water it when it needs a drink. Keep an eye on what is going on so you can head off any invasions or disease before they get started. Make notes so you can refer to them when planning next year’s garden; what worked well, what did not?

Take photos as well throughout the season. They are great reminders of how it all worked out. Most of all have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labour, fresh vegetables you grew yourself.

long standing garden

ready to plnt

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for visiting.

  • andrebreynolds profile image

    andrebreynolds 

    7 years ago

    Wow great Idea. Nice hub,

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Glad you find this hub useful, happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

  • mulberry1 profile image

    Christine Mulberry 

    7 years ago

    Sounds like great advice. I'm always looking for good information.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Exactly, keeping your feet, out of the garden is good practice, happy growing.

  • CrystalGH profile image

    CrystalGH 

    7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    Great hub, Bob. I like that you mentioned the narrow garden so everything can be reached. My smaller gardens are generally about 3-4 feet wide so I don't have to step in.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    That was a good garden, the vegetable plot was just behind it. Thanks Paul for stopping by.

  • Paul Wallis profile image

    Paul Wallis 

    7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Good to see that cottage garden, Bob, great but honest PR for us gardening types.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)