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How to Build Your Own Raised Garden

SidekicK VSC raised garden

If picking fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs from your backyard sounds wonderful, then keep reading today’s post to learn how to build your own raised garden! At SidekicK VSC, we share your spirit of doing things on our own, which is why we created our side lumber hauler.

Sometimes, you need items from the local home improvement store that just won’t fit in your vehicle. Don’t let the size or length of the objects you need keep you from completing your project. If they won’t fit in your vehicle, simply get out your cargo carrier from SidekicK VSC, mount it on the side of your vehicle, and take home everything you need to complete your home improvement project.

Pick a Sunny Spot

Most of the vegetables that you will be growing will thrive in a location where they can get at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. Typically, this means you’ll want to choose a south-facing location. If your yard is sloped, just use a shovel to level the area. While you are building a raised garden, you want to be careful not to establish it in an area of your yard that experiences poor drainage. If you plant it in this type of location, your garden will be sitting in a giant mud puddle.

Begin Building the Bed

Depending on the look that you want your raised garden to have, you can use different types of lumber, concrete blocks, or stone. Be careful not to purchase pressure-treated lumber as the chemicals can seep into the soil and the food that you’ll be eating. If you don’t feel like tearing out the grass in the location where your garden will be, you can simply set the blade on your mower to the lowest setting. This will allow you to cut your grass as short as possible, which will make killing the grass easier.

Cover the grass with a biodegradable fabric, cardboard, or newspaper to help keep the grass and weeds at bay. Be sure that you cover the entire area, and overlap the material by at least four inches to ensure that you have created a solid barrier that will protect your garden. Overlap the joints of your timber to create a securely closed-in area for your raised garden. If you’re using masonry products, then be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Mix Compost and Fertilizer

To give your garden a great boost, mix bags of topsoil and compost manure evenly — two bags of each should be a good start. You can also add in a little bit of a slow-release fertilizer if you want. Shovel the mixture into the bed and fill it all the way to the top.

Start Planting

Now that you’ve done all the preparation, the fun can begin! Make sure to speak with the experts at your local nursery for any recommendations they have about what grows well in your area, what plants seem to do better when planted near each other, and proper spacing for your plants. Sometimes stores will sell plants that don’t actually thrive in your region, so be sure to check them out before purchasing them. Once you’ve got everything planted, you’ll want to check for weeds about every other week. You can either pull or hoe the weeds out of your vegetable garden.

Water, Water, Water

It’s very important to regularly water your vegetable garden so that it has the moisture it needs to produce lots of healthy produce. The best time to water is generally early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler, and the water is less likely to quickly evaporate. Additionally, you can avoid the problem of potentially scorching vegetables by covering them with water in the hottest part of the day.

At SidekicK VSC, we love the feeling of completing a home improvement project ourselves, and we know you do, too! Whether you are working on preparing your raised garden bed for next spring, or you have some painting tasks to complete, be sure to keep your lumber hauler handy. If you don’t have yours yet, then be sure to check out our online store and order yours today!