Even though creating a raised bed garden seems like an easy task, it can take hours upon hours of hard work to develop the raised bed. One of the most important things that you should focus on is the type of wood that you’re using for the raised bed. Using wood that is treated with chemicals can have many negative effects on the garden and you should stick to cedar to remain on the safe side.
Let’s briefly cover managing composting bins in line with raised garden beds to maximize the growth of the plants.
Raised Garden Bed with Compost Bin
Installing a composting bin can have a lot of benefits for the plants that you’ve grown in the raised bed. To add a composting bin to the raised bed, you will need to first decide on a deep container that will be used to manage the composting material. The primary thing that you need to look towards is that the composting bin should have more depth than width. That way, you will be able to introduce the nutrients deeper into the soil for the plants to benefit from.
After creating holes on the side of the composting bin you need to dig a hole in the raised bed around 2 feet deep and add the composting bin to the hole. Now, you can secure the hole by adding the soil mixture to the side of the composting bin. Now this container can be used to introduce nutrients as well as water to the bottom of the soil. This will ensure maximum growth as the plants grow by absorbing the nutrients transferred by the composting bin.
Once the composting bin is secure in the soil, you should add some browns and greens along with the composting mixture that is decomposing in your existing bins. Keep in mind that you need the soil structure and worm movement to break down all the materials of the composting mixture. After adding in the existing composting mixture, you can use the handle of the shovel to pack down the compost and then add your greens to the top of the bin.
At this stage, you can put a lid on top of the composting bin and you’re done. Now, you just have to add in more material once the bottom part decomposes and provides nutrients to the raised bed. Make sure to slow down the pace if you notice that the composting bin is full at all times.
The composting bin inside the raised bed provides many benefits to the patch as the materials break down in the region. The nutrients are then transferred through the sides of the container through the holes. One of the most important parts of adding a composting bin to the raised bed is managing the holes on the sides of the container.
Ideally, the holes should have sufficient diameter and there should be enough space between the holes for maximum efficiency. Other than that, the process is fairly simple and you should have an optimal raised bed by following these instructions.