My Favorite 6 Vegetables for Raised Beds
Lots of plants do well in raised beds, but I do have a few favorites. Here are my 6 top picks of vegetables for raised beds!
Some of us have been at it for a while now, but I know that plenty of people feel inspired to start growing now that summer is in full bloom. And why not! June is actually a great time to get going, and you can start harvesting your first vegetables already in a few weeks.
Raised bed-gardening is a favorite among many gardeners. That's why I wanted to write a bit more about the best vegetables for raised beds. You can get started with these without too many preparations! You don't have to grow these in a raised bed though. A regular bed outdoors works great too. Make sure it's around 31 x 47 inches (ca 80 x 120 centimeters) large.
6 Vegetables for Raised Beds
These are my favorite picks for raised bed-gardening that you can sow now in June.
- snow peas
- snap peas
- summer carrots
Sow your vegetables in six rows widthwise. I would suggest growing the snow peas closer to the edge so that they don't take up that much space in the middle of your raised bed.
One of the challenges of sowing in summer is actually getting the seeds to germinate. This can be a bit difficult if it's very hot and dry outside. My best tip is to water the soil a few times (a couple of hours apart) before sowing the seeds. This will help the seeds grow properly.
Draw up six rows across your raised bed, scatter the seeds in the rows and add a little soil on top. Sow your snow peas, snap peas and beets an inch (around 3 cm) or so apart. You can put the other seeds closer together. No need to get too caught up on measuring it every time, it will become intuitive after a while.
- only use early carrots, also called summer carrots
- water a little bit every day until the seeds germinate
- support the snow peas as soon as you see the plants above the soil
- cover the soil with grass clippings when the plants grow to an inch (a few centimeters) tall
- both beet and carrot leaves are edible and you can use them in salads
- the dill will start growing again after you harvest it
I grow on a bigger scale in my main kitchen garden at home, simply because I have a big family. But you can of course grow as much or as little as you want in your raised beds.
Even a small raised garden bed can make a huge difference! If you pick these vegetables for raised beds, then I'm sure that you will want to grow even more in other parts of your garden too. Check out some of the other articles on my blog to find more content about growing vegetables at home. You can use the search bar on the home page (on your computer) or in the menu (on the phone) to find more information about the vegetables you want to know more about.
I built the raised bed in the video below last year. Check it out to learn more about how to build a raised garden bed: