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02/21/05

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The Ultimate Garden Planning Guide - Part 2


Bedmaking Basics

Try this simple, no-dig way to transform a patch of lawn into a garden bed.

Bedmaking Basics1. Cover the area with a layer of newspaper about 12 pages thick.

 

 

 

>>Step 1

 

Bedmaking Basics2. Cover the paper with 3 inches of compost, or a 50-50 mix of topsoil and manure (composted manure is virtually odorless).

 

 

>>Step 2

 

Bedmaking Basics3. Wait for six months while all the layers, including the sod, decompose to create a 6-inch layer of topsoil ready for planting.

 

 

>>Step 3

 

Bedmaking BasicsRaise Your Sights

If poor soil or drainage problems plague your yard, build a raised bed. Deeper soil fosters vigorous root growth and adds protection from encroaching grass and weeds. The extra elevation allows a flower bed's soil to warm earlier in spring so you can stop dreaming and start doing.

If your beds will be permanent, build retaining walls. Railway ties are one option, but brick and treated lumber are longer-lasting. To enjoy the advantages of a raised bed without the cost or labor, simply mound up about 10 to 12 inches of earth in your flower bed.Protect your plants with a raised flower bed.

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