A garden bed defines a place for planting flowers or vegetables and enhances the look of the landscape. Having plants confined to a bed allows a gardener to nurture plants properly to provide the right conditions they need. Ideally, garden beds should be three feet wide, so a gardener can reach the center easily from either side. Depending on the size of your garden, you can plant one long bed or several beds spaced a few feet away from one another to allow for a path.
How to Plant a Garden Bed
Purchase packets of seeds or seedlings of various plants that you want to grow in your garden bed from your local nursery or garden supply center.
Prepare the soil and rake in the necessary fertilizer and any amendments. Remove seedlings from their individual nursery containers and loosen their roots gently with your fingers.
Place all the seedlings on a tarp or nursery flat next to you as you remove them from their containers. Mist the roots lightly to prevent them from drying as you work.
Start planting at the back of the garden bed to prevent stepping on seedlings as you work your way to the front. Dig a hole in the soil with a hand trowel that is as deep as the root ball of each seedling.
Pick a seedling and gently place it into the hole, making sure the point where the foliage and root ball meet is in level with the soil surface. Adjust the depth of the hole to remove some soil if it is too shallow or add some if it is too deep. Lower the seedling into the hole and back fill. Gently tamp the soil surface around it to remove trapped air bubbles.
Plant the rest of the seedlings the same way at space intervals of four to six inches. Complete the entire back row before moving to the front of the bed.
If you want to plant some seeds along with seedlings in the garden bed, follow spacing directions on the packets and make ½-inch deep furrows in the soil using a stick. Place seeds in the furrows and back fill them gently with soil.
Water the garden bed gently after planting by using a garden hose at the lowest setting to prevent washing away any seeds or wetting the foliage. Water just enough to make sure the soil is evenly moist.
Apply a layer of mulch over the garden bed to retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing.