What Is A Sunken Garden Bed?
A sodden garden bed is a type of garden bed which has been flooded with water. The water level in the soil usually reaches around three feet (one meter) or higher and there are no roots growing at all. These beds have become very popular recently due to their low maintenance and easy upkeep. They can even be used as outdoor furniture if they are properly maintained.
Sunken gardens are not only useful for decoration purposes but also provide many benefits such as:
They reduce the amount of time it takes to grow food. They allow plants to survive in wet conditions better than other types of garden beds. They make your home look more attractive since they attract attention from passersby.
They are good for children’s play areas because they do not require any special care.
How To Build A Sunken Garden Bed?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to build a regular garden bed or a sunken garden bed. If you choose to build a regular garden bed then the following steps will guide you through building one:
Step 1: Choose Your Site And Find A Location With Good Accessibility To Water.
The site you choose will have a lot to do with how to build a regular garden bed so it is very important to pick a good location if you want your garden to turn out nice. If you live in an area that has harsh winters then it is best to build your garden somewhere that is close to your home and sheltered from the wind. You also need a water source such as a lake, river, or even a hose connected to your home’s plumbing system.
Step 2: Clear Any Weeds Or Other Types Of Grass From The Area You Want To Use.
The next thing you need to do is clear the area of any unwanted vegetation. Since your garden bed will take up the entire space you should not have any problems with unwanted grasses or other types of vegetation taking over.
Step 3: Lay Out The Base Of Your Garden In The Area You Have Chosen.
Once you have cleared the area of unwanted vegetation you need to start laying out the base of your garden. This can consist of wooden planks, stones, bricks, or even concrete blocks. This step is very important since it will determine how stable your entire garden will be.
Step 4: Dig Out A Hole For The Base And Line It With Plastic Sheeting To Prevent The Walls From Collapsing.
After you have finished laying out your base you need to dig a hole for the base and line it with plastic sheeting because, if your walls collapse, the entire garden will become useless. The hole does not have to be particularly large; it just needs to be deep enough to cover the bottom layer of the base.
Step 5: Load The Base Of Your Garden Bed With Large Rocks.
After you have lined your base with plastic sheeting and dug out a hole for it, you can start placing the rocks in the base. You should use large rocks since they provide more stability for the garden bed.
Step 6: Add A Cement Based Filler To The Holes Between The Larger Rocks.
Once you have placed all the large rocks in the base and packed them down, you can start placing cement-based filler in the gaps between the larger rocks so that the entire base is completely stable and rigid. You should make sure to add enough filler to make sure the walls don’t collapse since that would ruin all your hard work.
Step 7: Cover Up The Base With A Top Layer Of Smaller Crushed Rock.
The next thing you need to do is cover up the base with a layer of crushed rock. This layer should be around 2-4 inches thick. This layer will make it appear as if the garden bed has no base making it look more elegant and giving occupants somewhere to stand while they look at the garden.
Step 8: Decorate Your Garden Bed With Any Type Of Ornamentation You Wish.
This is the fun part! You can start placing the types of plants you wish to grow in your garden. If you need suggestions on what to plant just do a search online or go to your local nursery and ask them for advice.
These are general guidelines for how to build a regular garden bed but there are many other types of garden that you can construct if this type doesn’t appeal to you. For example, there is the vertical garden that uses a series of stacked rows that rise up and utilize every inch of dirt. There is also the water garden which typically consists of a shallow pool of water with aquatic plants in it.
Once you have selected the type of garden you wish to construct, you just need to follow the step by step instructions for that particular type and you will be fine. Just remember to do your research before starting and you will be able to construct a garden that will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family.
The Best Types Of Seeds To Start With
While there are countless types of seeds you can choose to plant in your garden, the best types to get started with are the following:
Tomatoes: These are arguably the most common plants grown in home gardens and there are many different varieties of them from which to choose. The Cherry-tomato is a very popular variety of tomato and probably one of the most common ones you see in grocery stores. They are very sweet and taste great either eaten raw or cooked in recipes.
Carrots: While most people don’t think of carrots as a typical garden plant, they actually are since they can be planted in the ground and grown just like any other type of vegetable. You can decide whether you want to grow the long types or the more common colourful types for decoration. Whichever you decide, you will be able to enjoy a healthy snack or use them as a salad topper!
Green Beans: The green bean is another common food that most people think of growing directly in the ground but are unaware that they can be grown in a container garden just as easily. There are several varieties to choose from such as the common green beans, the yellow ones and the purple ones. They all have their own unique taste and once they start producing, you will be able to pick as many as you want!
Lettuce: Lettuce is a vegetable that can be grown just about anywhere so if you don’t have a garden plot and still want to grow a vegetable, this is an ideal choice. There are several types of lettuce from which to choose. Romaine, red leaf, butterhead, crisphead and more.
All of these can be harvested over a long period of time and will provide a fresh finish to a meal whenever you have it.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Just remember, when it comes to gardening, the sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless. If you cannot find a seed for something you would like to grow, there is always the option to go and get some at your local garden centre!
Gardening For Food Is Easy And Fun
If you want to be self-sufficient and grow your own food, gardening is an ideal way to do it. Not only are you growing food for yourself but it can be a fun activity to do as well. There is nothing more satisfying than having a good harvest and being able to feed your family with your own produce.
The great thing about gardening, and growing your own food in general, is that as long as you have sun, you can basically grow anything. Even if you think you don’t have the room or time, a small pot with a few herbs will always fit in somewhere. It doesn’t take up much space and will liven up your cooking.
For herbs, I’d recommend basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. These are all very easy to grow and will be perfect for all those Italian meals you’ll be able to cook!
So if you are looking to grow some food or just want to have a go at something new I’d recommend starting with container gardening. There are many types of vegetables, fruits and herbs you can grow in pots. Even if you don’t have much room, you can stack a few on top of each other or grow ones that hang down.
This way you’ll be able to get the most out of a small space.
There are many benefits to container gardening over a traditional garden. You can move them around to get the best sun all year round and you can easily take them with you if you move house. If you’re renting, you don’t need to ask permission to dig up the lawn or disturb the concrete.
You can get a good range of products from pots as well. You can grow tiny little tomatoes or huge ones, depending on the size pot you buy. You can even get some that hang from a string, like a little purse, and grow grapes in them!
So if you want to try your hand at gardening, container gardening is the way to start. You can always move on to the “real thing” later when you learn what you like and what you’re good at.
Gardening is a rewarding experience and there are many benefits to doing it. You get fresh food, a nice green lawn and something to do during your spare time!
And of course, you don’t need a big garden or any green fingers at all to enjoy the benefits of container gardening. You can easily purchase everything you need from your local hardware store or nursery. You can get everything from a pack of seeds to a fancy pot and even the soil to plant them in.
If you don’t have room for a full size garden, or don’t want the hassle of maintaining one, you can just get a few containers and place them on your balcony orpatio.
No matter where you live, you can easily take advantage of container gardening to grow fresh food and herbs. And there are so many different things you can grow, from tiny strawberries to decorative cacti.
You can easily spend as much or as little as you want on container gardening. From something as simple as a mason jar, a saucer and some water to create a mini rainforest in your home or an elaborate hanging rack to grow several different types of fruit. It’s completely up to you and there are so many options available.
Container gardening is a great way to get started in the world of gardening. It’s easy to get the hang of and you can get everything you need without making a huge investment. So if you’ve ever thought about having your own garden but didn’t want to bother with the hassle or expense, container gardens are the solution.
They’re easy and inexpensive to get started with and you can easily move them around as needed. If you want to enjoy the benefits of eating fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs year round, but don’t have the space for a regular garden, or don’t want to have to maintain it, then container gardening is definitely for you!
Keep an eye out for my next post, where I’ll be going through some of the different things you can grow in your containers and tips on how to get the best results.
Container Gardening: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Food in Pots and Containers – Kindle Edition
by Barret W. Cox
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