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Building a Garden (8 Available)

The size and height of your beds depends greatly on what you are growing and whether or not you will be using the soil beneath the beds as part of the rooting depth. When you draw up your garden plan, remember that our planter boxes and raised garden beds come in hundreds of possible shapes and sizes, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Planting and Maintenance (6 Available)

Whenever possible, it's a good idea to get an early start on spring by growing seedlings (starts) indoors. Depending on how much natural light you can provide them, they may need artificial lighting to assist their growth. It's a good idea to be aware of what plants grow well together and which combinations should be avoided, and to learn ways that you can use cover-crops to enrich soil and deter pests from harming your plants.

Soil and Compost (3 Available)

Understanding the basics of good soil and compost is crucial to the health of your garden. Healthy soil maximizes the output of small garden spaces, a surface cover of mulch thwarts pests and regulates moisture, and composting keeps a cycle of nutrients readily available to your plants. A raised bed or planter needs to have drainage material (such as pebbles) layered along the bottom, a "loamy" mixed soil filled nearly to the top, with room for a few inches of space for mulch.

Weeds and Pest Control (11 Available)

Part of the garden planning process should include ways to fend off the worst pests and weeds in your area. This may include putting up netting, fencing, interplanting crops that pests avoid, laying down hardware cloth before putting up a raised beds to defend against burrowing animals, or in the case of severe risk of intrusion, much more aggressive tactics.