What to Plant?
You’ve installed your raised or elevated garden bed and now the big decision is...what to plant?
First, think about the vegetables you like to eat. Does your family like salads? If so, things like lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers are good choices. Are you a salsa fan? Plant a salsa garden and grow peppers, onions, and tomatoes!
Also, if you’re a big vegetable eater, then consider costs. What vegetables are the most expensive at the grocery store? You can save money on your monthly grocery bill by planting vegetables like asparagus, spring onions, radishes, and French green beans.
Remember, with a raised bed the key is to look for compact plants that take up minimal space. Avoid tall vegetable plants...these require a lot of support and the soil in a raised bed is loose and not compact enough to accommodate them.
I know, it can seem overwhelming. There are a lot of options out there, so if you’re still scratching your head, here is a list of the most common vegetables that do well in raised beds:
Once you’ve decided what to plant, the next step is to prepare the soil. There is a vast amount of information on soil preparation on the internet or at your local library, but here are a few quick tips to get you started.
A key component of any successful garden is healthy soil, so it’s well worth the time and research to ensure it is properly prepared.
Good luck and happy planting!