Sowing the Seeds
Planting the seeds or starters is the next step. Fortunately, the year-round weather here allows us to start gardens anytime of the year. Follow the instructions behind each packet of your seeds. You’ll get an idea of how deep and far apart to plant them. In raised bed gardening, interplanting is often done to increase crop production. You can space some crops close together provided none interfere with surrounding plants. The Manoa lettuce, for example, tolerates shading caused by other crops. On the other hand, cucumbers and aromatic herbs do not get along when planted together. Plants have temperaments, too...be attentive to their needs.
Use your fingers or trowel to dig a small trench about a half-inch deep. Incidentally, a trowel is an ideal tool for various garden tasks. Next, lightly sprinkle some seeds along the trench. Make several more rows a few inches apart for your other seeds. When sowing is completed, fill the furrow by lightly compacting the soil to cover the seeds. Use the trowel or rake to smooth out the surface. You’ve just created your first raised bed garden. You can now water your garden using a watering can or garden hose with a fine mist. Be sure to water and tend to your garden daily.
TIP: Place each packet on the spot of the corresponding seed. You will be matching the packet with the appropriate seed. Have your smartphone handy to take several pictures of the layout. This helps you identify your edibles as they grow.