Making Magic: Create Your Own Outdoor Garden Bed

When creating a garden bed from scratch, it’s easy to envision a big beautiful garden, which is AWESOME. Here are some tips to make garden creation simpler and more fun.

Beginning Questions
  1. What do I want in the garden, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, etc?
  2. How much time do I have to care for the garden?
  3. How much money do I want to spend on plants?
  4. What is my Magic Garden theme and what do I need for play space in the garden?
Select a Location
You need to answer “yes” to all three of these questions

  1. Does the location get plenty of light?
  2. Will the garden have good drainage?
  3. Can kids play in it? Is there enough space to sit and play?

Time To Get Started: Steps To Success

Design and Create
  1. Mark it out. We use string and pencils to define the space. Keep altering it until it is the right size, in the right location. The strings help you create a straight line, if you are doing a curvy garden, you can use a garden hose to create the outline.
  2. IMPORTANT: Always call your local utility companies and get your yard marked before digging.
  3. Remove grass and vegetation. Depending on the size of your garden you can do this with a shovel. If you are doing a large area, you may want to think about renting a sod cutter from a hardware store.
  4. Edge the Garden. Pick edging that makes playing in the garden easy. It also keeps grass from creeping into the garden.
  5. Prep the Soil. Use a rake and a shovel to loosen all the topsoil. You might need to add new soil and/or compost to give plants nutrients. New gardens should be level with the lawn unless they are raised beds.
Plant the Magic
  1. Selecting plants: You can purchase plants, divide plants from around your yard, or possibly find neighbors that are splitting or thinning plants for which they need to find new homes.
  2. Place your potted plants throughout the garden where you think you are going plant them, keep in mind they will get larger and you will need spaces for the kids to play.
  3. Get planting.
  4. Water while you plant and once the garden is planted, check moisture daily till plants are established.
  5. Optional, mulch around the plants in the Magic Garden to keep soil from drying out, to keep weeds down and to help kids identify where walking in the garden is encouraged/permitted.