Vegetable Gardening: How to Prepare a Raised Bed Garden for Planting

I'm here with my friend William Moss, who is going to give us a quick lesson on how to prepare a raised bed for planting. We have all we need; a good location with about 6-8 hours of sunlight, and a raised bed that needs to be cleared out and prepared for the next planting season.

The first thing to do, especially if you are working in a raised bed that was used last season is to remove last year's debris. Never fear, the "debris" will not go to waste. It will go right into my compost bin.

The next step is to loosen the soil with a pitch fork and enrich it with compost. The turning of the soil is crucial. It gives the plants an airy environment in which to thrive.

William also adds rabbit manure to the soil, which is always a good thing.  We can tell that the soil is rich and healthy because of all the worms. The last step is to smooth it out so when we plant seeds, there will be good seed-to-soil contact.

Voila! - The seed bed is now ready for seeds.

Now I just have to wait until next year for some delicious berries.