Tips For Creating Raised Floral Beds

by Megan WildMay 24, 2017

When you rent a home or an apartment and get the itch to start planting, it can be disappointing to always have to grow plants in pots. Some plants you may want to grow might even need more space than a pot allows. If your gardening options are limited, raised floral beds are soon to become your new best friend. You’ll be able to grow almost any plant you’d like without committing to a permanent garden. The following tips will help make your first experience a successful one!

Know Your Motivation

Besides giving your plants a place to grow that’s easily removed when the lease is up, there are other reasons for wanting to build a raised floral bed as well. Depending on the design of the box you make, you can control the amount of drainage to make your plants happy. You also get great protection from pests, since you can build your box high and surround it with sturdy fencing.

Raised flower beds are also a great money and space saver for renters. The backyard of a typical townhome looks like this; as you can see, there’s not much room to work with. A raised garden or flower bed can help you hone your green thumb and also provide you with low-cost, healthy food in tight spaces. Before getting started, look around online for design inspiration before getting your supplies.
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Step One: Buy Your Materials

This guide will help make a simple raised floral bed, but keep in mind that the make can be adjusted to whatever your plants need. For a basic raised bed, you’ll need at least four 2x4s or enough patio retaining blocks to build up the size you need. It’s good to keep your bed at least six inches off the ground to leave room for the roots to spread out. Oh, and if you’re wanting to grow edibles, be sure to buy untreated lumber to keep your food safe.

Along with buying wood, you’ll need some other tools:

  • a drill and screws
  • a shovel
  • a stapler, staples and wide-mesh hardware cloth
  • soil
  • your chosen plants

Step Two: Drill It Together

Mark on the wood where you want each screw to go to ensure equal placement and security. Once you have each side screwed together, flip it so whatever side you want to be the bottom is facing up toward the sky. Make sure all your sides are even, so you don’t have any edges waiting to give you a splinter later on.

Step Three: Staple That Mesh

For multiple reasons, mesh is a necessity when you’re making a raised floral bed. The mesh will provide a barrier so pesky weeds don’t find their way up between your flowers, and it also keeps out any big animals that may want to burrow inside the soil. Lay out your mesh across the bottom of your box, cut what you need and leave a little extra for the sides. Staple it so it’s firm but not too tight, then flip the box back over.

Step Four: Loosen Your Soil

No, not the soil you bought. Put your shovel into the earth where you’re putting your raised flower bed. You’ll want to loosen about a half-inch of top soil, or enough to take off a layer of grass. This will make it easier for your plants to drain and form roots, ultimately giving you a healthier garden.
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Step Five: Add and Plant

Place your floral bed where you want, fill it with your soil and start planting! It will be heavy once it’s full of soil, so make sure you put it where your chosen plants will get the sunlight or shade they need. You may also want to consider adding a drip system. If you don’t already own a hose, you’d need to buy one, but it’s worth the investment because a drip system is an easy addition to your floral bed for extra watering coverage.

Raised floral beds are a great way to get a beautiful patio or backyard when you don’t own your current living space. When it’s time to move, you can easily re-pot your plants, sweep the dirt off your patio and be done packing your plants. There are endless ways to design a raised floral bed, too, so you can get creative with how you house your future plants.


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About The Author
Megan Wild
Megan Wild enjoys finding easy and low-stress ways to improve your home. In her downtime, she enjoys flipping flea market finds, hanging out with her dog, and writing on her home-themed blog, Your Wild Home. She's passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and you can find her tweeting about both @Megan_Wild.

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