How to Construct Garden Beds

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Constructing garden beds, regardless of the type, starts with choosing a location with appropriate light requirements. Discover the importance of research in gardening with help from a gardener in this free video on garden beds.

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Hello, I'm Steve Skinner with Kathryn's Garden. When you decide to construct a new garden, whether it's a raised bed, perennial bed or border, just a few essential tips will help the process go much smoother and give much more enjoyment down the road. The first thing you need to choose is your location. To do that, you need to consider the light requirements of what it is you're planting. Are you planting a vegetable garden? Then you need to choose a location that is in full sun. Are you going to plant a perennial border? Then four to six hours of sun each day should be sufficient for most perennials. A little research goes a long way when deciding where you will construct your new garden. The next thing you need to consider is your soil. Are you blessed with good, well drained soil? Then a tilled in garden bed may be the way to go. But if your soil is poor, then you will have to amend it with compost, sand and leaf mulch, or you could consider a raised bed and add the type of soil you want. Lastly, you will want to choose your edge. There are many types of edge available from prefabricated edging to living edges such as liriope or mondo grass. Just remember that whatever type of edging you choose, it should be easy to work around and long lasting. I'm Steve Skinner, and this has been a few tips to consider when constructing a new garden bed.


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