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How to make a raised bed for vegetables at home

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Everyone wants to grow their own fruit and vegetables these days, even the Obamas and The Queen have found room in their gardens for a home grown vegetable patch.
What you'll need: 
4 pieces of timber
Some hard nails
A hammer
A bag of compost
Some net covering
A sunny spot in the garden
A screwdriver
A ground mat
Choose an area in the garden or dig up some lawn to make a plot. Wherever you choose, one of the quickest and best ways to get growing is to use a raised bed, a shallow "bed in a box" that has a number of advantages, from being easy to plant and weed (less bending over) to warming up quickly in spring.
Assemble a raised bed with the flat timber to make a rectangle. Hammer each end together with the hard nails.
Lay in the ground mat at the bottom of the lawn. This prevents weeds (weed suppressing membrane) at the bottom.
Fill the bed with soil, either from the garden (and enrich with compost or fertilizer) or buy a mix of topsoil and compost.
Cover the vegetable bed with some netting to deter birds and cats.
Using the raised beds also means that you can add the type of soil from the onset to provide the ideal home for everything from root vegetables to beans, peas and brassicas such as cabbages and broccoli.
Somewhere sunny is best but most vegetables will cope with some shade, so you'll still good to grow if your site only gets the sun for part of the day.
Not only is it incredibly simple to sow and grow a wide range of tasty produce, but your whole family will love getting involved and enjoy eating the results.
Take the chance to grow vegetables you normally would not buy.
Try a new variety of an old favourite - for example, the beetroot.
Think about what you do and do not like to eat (don't waste space with crops you would not eat).
Once your vegetables are growing strongly, a little TLC will help ensure a bumper crop.
Water well in dry season using a watering hose or install a watering system that saves time and ensures that your plants are getting enough water to them on a daily basis.


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