How to get the most out of an 8x4 raised garden bed

that your neighbours will be envious of!

BACKYARD HOMESTEADING

Jules

5/22/20232 min read

raised garden bed
raised garden bed

Are you ready to transform your small garden space into a bountiful oasis? In this gardening blog, we'll explore some great plant selections for an 8x4 foot raised garden bed that will yield such an abundance you'll have some to give away.

  1. Versatile Veggies: Choose versatile vegetables that thrive in smaller spaces and provide a continuous harvest. Consider planting compact varieties like cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and bush beans. These plants are known for their productivity and can be trained to grow vertically for better space utilization.

  2. Leafy Greens Galore: Make room for an array of nutrient-packed leafy greens. Fill your raised bed with various lettuce varieties, such as romaine, spinach, and kale. These greens are quick to grow, offer multiple harvests, and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

  3. Compact Herbs: Add some flavor to your garden bed by including a selection of compact herbs. Basil, cilantro, and parsley are excellent choices that thrive in small spaces and can be easily harvested fresh for dinner prep. Plus, their aromas are divine (crush some basil between your fingers, yum!)

  4. Scrumptious Strawberries: Don't forget to include a few strawberry plants in your raised bed. These juicy delights are well-suited for small gardens and will reward you with a sweet harvest throughout the growing season. Opt for everbearing varieties for a continuous supply of strawberries.

  5. Vertical Vines: Utilize the vertical space in your raised bed by incorporating vining plants like cucumbers or climbing peas (everybody LOVES fresh peas from the garden!). Train them to grow up trellises or supports to take up less ground space.

But wait, there's more!
Consider Companion Planting

  1. The Three Sisters: This classic companion planting technique involves planting corn, beans, and squash together. The corn provides a vertical structure for the beans to climb, while the beans fix nitrogen in the soil, benefiting all three plants. The sprawling squash plants act as living mulch, shading the soil and reducing weed growth.

  2. Marigolds and Tomatoes: Planting marigolds alongside tomato plants can help deter pests and improve the overall health of the tomato crop. Marigolds emit a scent that repels certain insects, including nematodes, aphids, and whiteflies. Additionally, marigold roots release a substance that helps suppress harmful soil-borne pathogens.

  3. Basil and Tomatoes: Basil and tomatoes are not only a tasty combination in the kitchen but also make great companions in the garden. Basil repels pests like mosquitoes, aphids, and flies, which can help protect the tomato plants. Some gardeners also believe that the flavors of basil and tomatoes complement each other when grown together, enhancing the taste of both plants.

Jules