DIY Raised Garden Bed Pt. II

Part II

So now that you’ve got your raised garden bed built it’s time to get it in tip top shape for planting. 

Step I:

Turning Over the Soil~

  • Turning over the soil mixes the nutrients and makes the ground more suitable for planting.

Your going to need two things for this next step.

What You’ll Need:

  1. A Shovel
  2. A Guy~To all the ladies–I don’t doubt your strength but in this blistering heat pounding down on your back and the amount of strength it takes to do this part, a guy would be helpful. As a female myself, I recruited my dad again for help. Though if you can do it on your own then more power to you! Rock on!

How To:

  1. Start at one corner of the garden bed and use your shovel to dig into the ground. 
  2. Lift up the grass and flip it over so that the soil is facing upward. 
  3. Step to the side and repeat the process until you have down the hole garden.
  4. Periodically use the shovel the break the large soil clumps apart. 

Step II:

Adding Dirt~

We got out planting mix from a friend of ours who charged $25.00 for all of it. In the store it would have cost about $150 plus. So it was a good deal. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • A gardening rake
  • Your guy partner

Our garden bed is located in the back yard behind our pool. Our yard has two houses on the property so it was impossible to back the truck right up next to the garden, swiveling between the house and the pool would not have worked. So my dad used the shovel and wheelbarrow to create loads to bring over to the garden. It was approximately 10-12 hauls. 

How To:

  1. Shovel dirt into the wheelbarrow and dump into garden bed. 
  2. Use your gardening rake to even out the soil, raking it toward the center of the bed.
  3. Repeat steps until you have used all the dirt. 

Step III

Add Compost~

We got our Compost from the Farmer’s Market in our area. Four bags for $20.00 and it was a perfect amount to fill the bed. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Gardening Rake
  • Don’t forget your Guy Partner

How To:

  • Rip open the bag and pour the contents onto your garden bed. 
  • Use your gardening rake to rake it all out evenly. 

It’s that simple. 



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