I want to make a new garden bed for flowers; how should I do that?

It’s a great time to make some additions to the garden. A simple raised bed is a great way to add some colorful flowers as well as herbs and vegetables to enjoy in your kitchen.
Pick a sunny spot and measure a manageable size about 4’ x 10’ as a start. A roughly rectangular bed should be easy to reach from both sides, so that you don’t have to walk on the soil. Mow this area as low as you can, then layer on a few inches of old newspapers or shredded paper as a base to smother all the old grass and weeds underneath. Water well to pack this down. Over time, this will break down.
Then, visit your favorite local nursery and plan to have a load of good garden soil delivered or load up on bags of potting soil. Pile the soil at least 8” deep over the base. Now, you can edge the bed with rocks, bricks or other edging material. Overall, the bed should be pillow shaped, so taller and fluffy in the middle, and sloped toward the edges. While adding soil, include fertilizer like a humate product, which is a great organic option for plants. Humates also improve the health of the soil after flooding. At any time, you can add compost as a soil amendment.
Finish with a 3-4” layer of mulch and you’re ready to plant.

Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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