Direction/layout help for raised garden

Asked February 20, 2017, 9:38 AM EST

My neighbor recommended I reach out to y'all. This year, I'm trying a RAISED GARDEN and trying to get the supplies in place now. But am having a hard time deciding which layout will be best for the sun/exposure for the plants. Can you help? I've enclosed three options (A, B, C) along with directionals/shade. Thanks! Also for FILLING the beds — do I just use topsoil? (bags from Meadows or HDepot? Or truck load from RELS?)

Montgomery County Maryland vegetables raised beds

2 Responses

We viewed your photos. Looks like the fence will be blocking some sun as well as the oaks. In general your beds look like they will receive afternoon to late afternoon sun. It may not matter a whole lot which layout you choose.
You should experiment this first year to see which layout/vegetables receive the most sun.
You should begin by looking at our Vegetable website and 'Preparing the Soil'. You need to add sources of organic matter which include compost, well rotted manure, or leaf mold (composted leaves). Organic matter can be purchased in bulk or bags. You will have to look in your area for sources. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/food-gardening-101/step-3-prepare-your-soil

You can also call around to topsoil/mulch suppliers for commercially available mixtures of topsoil and leaf compost. This makes an excellent media for raised beds - blended topsoil (70%) and leaf compost (30%). Can be purchased by the cubic yard. Here is information on beginning your own home composting.hgic.umd.edu/content/documents/HG35BackyardComposting10_2010final_000.pdf

Whenever buying topsoil or organic matter it basically is 'buyer beware'. As far as compost, the only way to know exactly what you are putting in your veggie garden is to make it yourself.
See our videos on raised beds http://youtu.be/fB8W232p9-w,
http://youtu.be/TKE2Ya7k9-0
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Excellent! Thank you. Yes, the fence will shade some morning light but after about 9:30a-10a sun is covering that area.

I'll check out the links — and I appreciate your reply :) Thanks.