Build Your Own Garden

Savana Garden Tips

Gardening for People of All Ages

Set up a weed suppression layer underneath

If you are concerned about weeds, do not grow your plants directly on the ground or grass. First, set up a weed suppression layer underneath or, if weeds are not particularly abundant, lay cardboard on the bottom of the garden bed to help inhibit the growth of less invasive weeds.

Choose a location that is as sunny as possible.

One of the benefits of using garden beds is that they are easy to move and you can place them according to the seasons and sunlight position. For those who want to place their garden beds indoors, such as on a countertop or windowsill, morning to noon sun is recommended. Try to spend some time observing the sunlight position during the different seasons. If the plants are placed near the windows with too much sunlight, the heat and ray intensity can be amplified through the windows, which may create an unbearable environment for the plants. Another option for indoor garden beds would be to use artificial lighting.

If you are a novice gardener, it is recommended that you start with a smaller garden bed.

In choosing your garden bed and the variety of plants to grow, you should aim for something small and sustainable. You can start by choosing a smaller sized garden bed and picking only a few vegetables to begin with so that your garden is easier to manage.

Choose rich organic soil and compost.

Soil health and compost are vital as they are an important factor in enabling garden bed plants to grow lushly. Composting produces organic matter, a killer soil amendment, that will make your garden beds shine; and don’t forget about earthworms, which can help enrich and aerate the soil.

Choose the right plants for your area and season.

For novice gardeners, buying directly from your local nursery and then transplanting is probably the easiest and most stress-free method. You will also need to do a little research on what to plant at certain times of the year so you can choose the right plants for your area and climate.

Keep the soil in your raised metal garden bed moist but not soaking wet.

Most plants like the soil moist, but there is a balance between moist and soaking wet that needs to be managed. Before watering, poke a finger down into the surface of the soil to feel if it is moist. Then, consider when was the last time you watered your plants as well as the recent weather conditions to determine if you should water your plants again or not.

Consider whether there are wildlife in your area that may harm your plants and make plans for preventative measures if necessary.

The last thing to consider is plant protection. Birds, rabbits, squirrels, gophers, or small animals that may visit your garden beds can be prevented from damaging your plants by using temporary netting to isolate them. You can attach it to your raised metal garden bed while the seeds are germinating or just after transplanting new seedlings.

The suggestions above can help you get started on your very own raised garden bed. Our gardens beds give you an ideal space to plant anything. With these suggestions in mind, let’s explore your journey of making your dream of a beautiful garden come true at!