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Raised bed vegetable garden

Updated on August 21, 2014

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

Learn important steps in planning and preparing for a raised vegetable garden bed, such as size, spacing, and building materials. See some different ways to create a raised garden bed.

A raised bed vegetable garden is a garden which is built on top of the ground. It may be contained by some sort of wall (wood, stone, brick etc) or it may just be soil piled several inches high on top of the ground.

photo credit: GonnaFly

The raised vegetable beds can be any shape or length but you need to be able to reach the whole bed from the sides without stepping in the garden bed. The soil in the beds may contain some of your native soil or may be composed of imported soil, compost, manure, or a combination. The vegetables are planted much closer together than in the traditional row vegetable garden enabling intensive gardening and giving a bigger harvest in a smaller area - making a raised vegetable garden the ideal choice for a small yard.

Benefits of a raised bed vegetable garden

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  • great for a small space - a raised bed vegetable garden will enable you to grow your plants closer together keeping wasted space to a minimum. This provides a larger harvest in a smaller area. So if you have only room for a small vegetable garden, a raised bed may be an ideal option for you.
  • less weeding - Another benefit of this closer planting is that less light is allowed through and less room for those weeds to start, reducing the weeding task.
  • reduced moisture loss from the soil - again because of the closer planting
  • you control the soil in your garden - a raised bed vegetable garden can be a great asset when you have poor soil. Because you build up extra soil on top of the ground, it will not matter if your soil is too rocky, too sandy, too clayey, too acid or just plain and simply too bad. It is the soil that you put into the raised beds that counts. This means that you can even build a raised garden bed on a concrete slab or on your patio!
  • extended growing season - the raised garden beds warm up earlier in the Spring giving your seedlings a head start.
  • garden maintenance can be broken into smaller segments - you don't need to weed the entire garden, just one bed. Or your children could be responsible for a bed each.
  • soil compaction is reduced - the beds should be narrow enough to reach all parts of the bed without the need to step in your garden for planting, weeding, watering or harvesting.
  • a raised bed may be easier on your back - an advantage for gardeners with arthritis or for elderly gardeners and if they are raised to the correct level, they can even be accessible to people in a wheelchair.
  • watering is more efficient - you need only to water where the plants are growing and not the spaces between your vegetable rows.
  • it is relatively easy to attach a framework of flexible PVC tubing to a raised garden bed over which you can place either clear plastic to create a greenhouse effect to extend your growing season even more, or some netting to prevent pests from getting to your vegetables (those birds just love my strawberries!).

Disadvantages of raised garden beds

Maybe I'm a little biased since I use raised vegetable garden beds myself. However these are the disadvantages that I can see:

  • weeding has to be done by hand - but as I mentioned before, there is not a huge amount of weeding necessary
  • there needs to be a bit more up front garden planning - because the plants will be closer together you will need to take into account the height of plants so that the taller ones won't shade the shorter ones etc.
  • the up-front costs may be a bit more than a conventional garden, but in the long run the increased harvests will outweigh those initial costs.
  • in hotter regions, the beds may dry out too fast in mid summer and may require large amounts of water. Mulching the vegetable garden with an organic mulch such as hay or straw will help combat this problem.

Raised vegetable garden design

Design your own raised vegetable beds plan

The raised bed layouts pictured below were made by using a handy garden planning program. If you have a different sized yard, want to plant different vegetables or want to try out some different layouts, you can download a free trial of this garden planning software here.

Important things to consider in your raised bed vegetable garden design

Careful consideration needs to made on where you will situate your raised bed vegetable garden. As with all vegetable gardens, your raised vegetable garden needs to be situated in a position that will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sun per day.

Each garden bed should be no wider than 3 or 4 feet (.9 - 1.2 m) to allow you to reach into the middle from either side. If you can only access the bed from one side (if you are building next to a wall or fence say) the bed should only be about 2 feet (.6m) wide. The length doesn't really matter, but you probably won't want the beds too long because you won't want to be making a really long journey just to get to the other side of the garden bed. The best depth for the raised bed is about 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) but if you want to sit in a chair to garden, a height of 2 -3 feet (.6-.9 m) may be better. If you are building your raised garden bed on a hard surface such as a patio or concrete slab, you will be better off with a depth of 12 inches (30cm).

The pathways in between the beds need to be wide enough to work in comfortably - at least 2 feet (.6m) wide, preferably 3 feet (.9m). Do you need to allow space for a wheelbarrow? A wheelchair? A lawnmower? Two people walking side by side? Pathways may be paved (with bricks, stones or paving stones) or mulched (with gravel, leaf mulch or straw) or covered with a living cover (such as grass, chamomile or creeping thyme). If you are paving your paths you may wish to make your paths a width which will not require too much cutting of the stones. (eg Don't make the path 4 ½ bricks wide. Instead make it 5 bricks wide (or 4 bricks wide) otherwise you'll have to cut many bricks in half.)

A great way to increase the yield per square foot is to use a tower, trellis, fence, vegetable cage or other sort of support for your vining and sprawling plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and sugar snap peas. In this way, they will take up a lot less space on the ground. Growing vertically means that the plants may dry out more quickly, which can be an advantage in preventing fungus diseases but also may mean that the vegetables will require more water.

Sample raised vegetable garden bed plans - for an 18' x 18' area (324 sq ft) - click on pictures below for bigger view

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Rectangular raised vegetable beds (204 sq ft garden bed area)Diagonal rectangular raised vegetable beds (182 sq ft garden bed area)Pond in the middle (185 sq ft garden bed area)Triangular raised vegetable beds (173 sq ft garden bed area)Circular raised vegetable beds (120 sq ft garden bed area)Rectangular raised vegetable beds (212 sq ft garden bed area)Rectangular raised vegetable beds (184 sq ft garden bed area)Symmetrical raised vegetable beds (148 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (204 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (204 sq ft garden bed area)
Diagonal rectangular raised vegetable beds (182 sq ft garden bed area)
Diagonal rectangular raised vegetable beds (182 sq ft garden bed area)
Pond in the middle (185 sq ft garden bed area)
Pond in the middle (185 sq ft garden bed area)
Triangular raised vegetable beds (173 sq ft garden bed area)
Triangular raised vegetable beds (173 sq ft garden bed area)
Circular raised vegetable beds (120 sq ft garden bed area)
Circular raised vegetable beds (120 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (212 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (212 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (184 sq ft garden bed area)
Rectangular raised vegetable beds (184 sq ft garden bed area)
Symmetrical raised vegetable beds (148 sq ft garden bed area)
Symmetrical raised vegetable beds (148 sq ft garden bed area)

How can you arrange a 4'x4' raised vegetable bed?

Vegetable Garden Plans Click on this link to get some ideas for different types of vegetable gardens you can fit in a 4'x4' square garden bed. These plans can be adapted to be bigger or smaller.

Square Foot Gardening

A type of raised vegetable garden

Square foot gardening is a form of raised vegetable beds. Each garden bed is divided by string, wood or some sort of straight line into square foot sections. Each square foot is then planted with 1, 4, 9 or 16 of the one type of vegetable (depending on the recommended spacing).

Here are some pictures of square foot gardens. Click on each thumbnail for a larger view.

  

  

  

  

  

Find out more about square foot gardening

Square Foot Gardening Square foot gardening is a popular method of gardening which allows closer planting of vegetables, herbs and flowers, producing a bigger crop in a smaller space with less work. Find out how to make a square foot garden here.

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions

Use the WORD technique to increase productivity and decrease weeds and pest attacks:Wide rowsOrganic methodsRaised bedsDeep soil

 

Building a raised vegetable garden

Materials for building raised garden beds

What's the best material for building the garden bed walls? Here is a list of different materials with some of their advantages and disadvantages:

* Free-form - no walls

advantages

- cheap

- easy to set up

- relatively easy to move to a different location

disadvantages

-soil can easily erode with heavy rain

-doesn't look as neat

-sides need to be sloped which takes up more room.

* Untreated timber

advantages

- looks neater

- contains the soil

- garden bed walls are not very wide, taking up valuable ground space

disadvantages

-fungi and insects can degrade some untreated wood very quickly outdoors especially because the wood is in contact with the soil. You will probably have to rebuild your garden beds every few years. To prevent such rapid breakdown, you could line the bed with plastic before filling with soil or seal the wood with linseed oil to add some resistance.

- a raised bed made from unprotected timber near your home could serve as a pathway for termites or carpenter ants inside.

- some rot resistant woods (eg red cedar, cypress, redwood) may be expensive and there may be a limited supply in some regions.

Raised Garden Bed sustainably harvested wood (4'x6'x9")

Raised Garden Bed 100% western red cedar (48"x48"x13")

Half-Log Raised Garden Bed sustainably harvested wood (4'x4'x9')

Two-Tiered Raised Garden Kit North American cedar (4'x8'x10.5" & 7"))

Garden Bed With Trellis cedar wood (48"x48")

Raised Garden Kit cedar wood (48"x48")

* Treated lumber

Timber treated with pentachlorophenol

- DON'T USE - likely to damage plants severely

Pressure treated lumber

- The jury is still out on whether or not this is safe to use in your raised vegetable garden beds. If you want a truly organic garden it should not be used. If you are concerned about the chemicals leaching into the soil, and you want to use treated wood, you could line the sides of the bed with plastic before filling it with the soil.

* Wooden railroad ties or sleepers - treated with creosote, a coal derivative

advantages

- last for a long time

- you can sit on the ties while gardening

- not too expensive

disadvantages

- the fumes from the creosote may damage nearby vegetables. If used in a greenhouse (an enclosed environment), the vapors may damage or kill all the plants in there. (Note: even though the creosote may leach into the soil, it will not be absorbed into the plant.)

- your clothes can be stained with black tar stains if you sit or lean against the ties especially in warm weather

- wider than timber and therefore take up more space

- very heavy to work with

- can still be infested with termites.

* Bricks, concrete blocks or stones

advantages

- not damaged by insects or fungus.

- can use recycled materials

- can easily arrange into most shapes and sizes.

- the beds can look really attractive.

- no nasty chemicals

- can plant herbs or other small veggies in the large holes of concrete blocks

- if the wall is sturdy enough, you can sit on it while working in the garden bed

disadvantages

- heavy to work with.

- if only 2 or 3 layers high you need not have to use mortar - but then the blocks can be knocked out of place.

- if much higher, you will need to use mortar so this means more work and the gardens will be permanently in place.

- holes in bricks are a great sheltering place for snails!

- wider than timber and therefore take up more space.

- can be expensive.

* Plastic "lumber" or "masonry"

advantages

- last longer than timber

- lightweight but strong

- easy to assemble

- attractive

disadvantages

- more expensive

- fake (!)

2-Rail Raised Bed Garden Kit orcaboard (4'x4')

6 Panel Tiered Resin Raised Garden Kit resin construction (48"x48"x16")

Raised Garden Bed Kit uv-protected high-density polyethylene 2 of (4'x4')

* Steel

advantages

- lightweight

- strong

- can be relocated

- no nasty chemicals

- absorbs more heat during the day

- the walls of the garden bed are narrow, not wasting space

- can be quite deep - good for those who don't want to bend so far

disadvantages

- can't sit on the side

- expensive

- absorbs more heat during the day which may not be good if you live in a hot area

- may rust, unless you use stainless steel

Above borders courtesy of www.grsites.com

Galvanized Steel Raised Garden Kits

Building a raised garden bed from lumber

Here are some instructions for building a raised bed out of lumber from scratch if you would rather build your own. Note: If you have a problem with moles or gophers, you may wish to put some sort of screening on the base of the box (before the soil goes in) to keep them out.

A raised vegetable garden built from concrete blocks

Notice the trellises built into the holes in the concrete blocks. Other holes could be filled with soil and used to plant small vegetables, herbs or flowers.

Building a free-form raised vegetable garden - (no walls)

Keyhole raised vegetable garden

This video shows how people in Africa are able to get a great harvest from their garden (a keyhole raised vegetable garden) where once they struggled to grow anything. You can see how they made their keyhole raised vegetable garden from rocks. For more information and written intructions go to Send a Cow; scroll down to Keyhole Gardens and how to make one.

Hugelkultur raised garden bed

Hugelkultur raised garden bed
Hugelkultur raised garden bed

picture credit:hardworkinghippy on flickr with a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Hugelkultur raised garden beds are basically piles of wood (logs, branches, twigs, even whole trees) with some soil on top. Once they are established, they require very little watering.

For more information, see hugelkultur instead of irrigation and Hugelkultur: Composting Whole Trees With Ease

Pictures of hugelkultur raised garden beds. Click to enlarge.

  

  

  

  

  

Building a raised vegetable garden with railway sleepers - ... this gardener recommends not doing it

Pictures of raised vegetable beds

click thumbnails to enlarge the photos

Here is a selection of raised vegetable bed pictures. Notice what the garden beds are made from. One has been made in a recycled child's swimming pool (probably with drainage holes drilled into the bottom). One is made from concrete blocks and sandstone. Another has been made from colourbond steel and cable ties.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Raised vegetable garden bed soil

To get a higher yield and plant your veggies and herbs closer together, you will need a very fertile soil. You should use lots of old manure (e.g. horse or chook) and compost. This is what I now use in my no dig gardens.

If you plan to get topsoil trucked to your place, do your research first to ensure that is good quality top soil - not too sandy, not too clayey. Sandy is better than clay though since it can be improved by adding compost, peat moss and composted cow manure. Also be careful that you are not importing someone else's weed seeds. It would be best to mix this imported soil with generous amounts of manure and compost to make sure that it contains a good amount of organic matter.

In my raised beds I use a mixture of home-made compost, mushroom compost (bought in bags), some well-rotted chook manure, some blood and bone and coir bricks which have been rehydrated.

If you are buying your soil / compost and need to calculate how much you need, you will need to determine length times width times depth for each of your beds (if your beds are square or rectangular). For circular beds you will need to determine depth x radius x radius x 3.14 (remember pi?) (and remember the radius is the measure of halfway across your circle).

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    • puzzlerpaige profile image

      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      You have some wonderful garden lenses. I just favorited this one. I use raised beds too and they are my favorite. I have two right now 2' x 22' each. We made them out of (2x8's) untreated wood - knowing we'd have to replace the wood in a few years. But I wasn't comfortable using treated lumber. For soil I used a combination of Black Kow and compost from our backyard compost pile. Composting is one of the most interesting things about gardening. Those who don't are really missing out. 5*'s!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      You have some very nice lens. Lots of information here that I may put to use next year. I've been thinking about it, but didn't know enough...now I do! Thanks!

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      tcinvestor 8 years ago

      Awesome job. Dang, you beat me to it. Especially since I am a fan of staying healthy and promoting growing your own produce. Great idea for a lens and helpful as well. Keep up the good work.

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      lilblackdress lm 8 years ago

      Great ideas and a lot of love in this lens!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      You are hereby invited to join the Squid Squad the best team in the September Greeter Challenge.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a great lens! I loved the content, naturally, but I especially liked the way you blocked up some of your text, to make a nice layout. And I love pictures; Kudos!

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      Great ideas. I also love the photos of the different types of beds, but mine is the free form, mounded dirt type!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Really good job! You obviously know what you are talking about. It's always nice to listen to an experienced voice. I love giving you a 5 on this one. I'm going to lensroll it to my Frost-bitten tomatoes lens, since they are also in raised beds. I just concentrate on the tomatoes more than the raised beds. About those gophers -- they are a terrible problem here. I have to put wire mesh at the bottom of all raised beds and if I don't have enough room there, I have to use containers or put gopher cages in the ground.

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Awesome lens. The best part about this type of gardening is being able to control the soil.

      Wonderful images, also. 5 stars*****

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I know where to come next year for gardening tips :) Thanks again! With love, Darcie

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      houstondavid26 7 years ago

      Nice Gardening Tips. i like it those pictures. You can use Flagstone to design your Garden to look beautiful.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really excellent lens which contains so much useful information. SquidAngel Blessed

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      A wonderful resource for anyone interested in creating a garden. 5*s

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. I'd like to reiterate the warning about using railroad ties for a border. My uncle just died of cancer and one of the suspected causes was chemical poisoning from railroad ties in his family's vegetable garden. He grew up in Guam, and that was how they contained their garden. No one knew back then. His parents and younger sister also died from cancer. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      CoolFoto 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Lens roll to my Herb Garden lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very informative and well crafted lens about Raised Bed Vegetable Garden. Lensrolling to my Pendleton Elementary School Memory Garden lens.

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      BedPlans 7 years ago

      Hi GonnaFly,The info at "polyethylene circular vegetable garden" link are great! John Metzler http://bedplans.blogspot.com

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      bobtyndall 7 years ago

      Great information. I am in a community garden and this is what we do. Our plots are 4 ft X 12 ft.

      I am able to grow as much as I need. Last season I experimented with SQ ft gardening. It was ok, but I need to refine it a bit. It is a great way to increase your yield. A five * job :)

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Looks like a great idea and if there's less weeding I'm in! Some of these pre-made kits look nice.

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      davemin 7 years ago

      a wonderful lens with great information.shall link to my garden lens

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I really like raised garden beds. Great lens with lots of information.

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very helpful lens, I love the way you have listed advantages and disadvantages. Lensrolled it

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      Raised vegetable gardens are very good for urban gardeners. Very informative lens.

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      jcairney 7 years ago

      some very good tips and advice to be had here. Nice designs too. Good work.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      super info - beautifully presented! lensrolled to my zone 5 gardening page

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      super info - beautifully presented! lensrolled to my zone 5 gardening page

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Excellent information and very useful for me.

      Just lensrolled and favorited it.

      Poutine

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love your lay outs and also the tiny green houses...what great ideas. Thanks. Maybe when I start doing some of these, I will be able to suggest a few ideas.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed by an angel and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and Save Planet Earth

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Beautiful, thorough and informative lens. I would give more than five stars if that were possible. Congrats on LOTD

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      NetShed.com 7 years ago

      Great information. I just started square foot gardening this year. It's so nice!

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      AtHomeSource LM 7 years ago

      fabulous! very informative, love the pictures and comparisons. We have a raised vegetable garden and love it. It's 4x8', perfect for my tomatoes, peppers, squash and whatever else I can fit in.

      thanks for the great lens.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Thanks for sharing all this great info. I love beautiful raised vegetable gardens. Blessed by the HorseAndPony Angel, http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day. Great lens with lots of information.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      First let me say congrats to you! I use raised beds as often as I can. Just love 'em.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Beautifully organized lens! Excellent suggestions about how to successfully use this gardening method. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Oh what an inspiring gardening lens - I bet even first-timers will be tempted to try a small raised bed veggie patch with all the tips and video help in this lens. I like to mix flowers and veggies in my raised beds and traditional garden plots, just for color and fun. Congrats on a timely and excellent LOTD!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      You have lots of great information in this lens. We have raised beds, too, and we just love them. I actually think weeding is easier. Congratulations on LOTD. I'm lensrolling this to several of my gardening lenses. Good job!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD!!! Great lens. Thank you for all of this valuable information.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just wish now I have got a space for something like that as I love gardening but live in flat on 8th floor. There is no sun at all, would you still think that I will be able to harvest anything in shade or is it not worth it? Great lens.

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      rudyhiebert 7 years ago

      Love it - because it affirms my passion for simplifying gardening. Just wish to add that nutrition for raised and potted gardens is crucial. Use quality organic soil enhancers like fish and kelp extracts. Chemicals are not ideal because they kill the organisms that promote growth and help plants flourish for a great harvest.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful information on raised garden beds. Some of the best veggies I've grown have been from raised beds, really should and will make more. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

      Susie

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      How timely and helpful...we had a septic put in a couple of years ago, and have a whole new area that is in full sun out back (rare here with all our trees) and I've been thinking about raised bed or container gardening. Congrats on getting LOTD, but most of all thanks for the helpful resource. ~claudia

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      p.s. Lensrolling to anything I have related to plants and herbs. And a tweet for you, too. ~claudia

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD! I love those vegetable gardens and it's my goal that by next year I have at least two of such bed gardens in my own garden!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on a well deserved LotD! Lensrolling to all my garden lenses!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great instructions and pros and cons of working with these type of gardens. I hope one day to have a backyard to make my own! Blessed by a squidangel

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens and congrats on LOTD. I am featuring it on Save Planet Earth

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      walclan 7 years ago

      I'm going to show this lens to my husband! We have a veggie garden but the kids call it the dirt patch which is an accurate description! Very nice lens and I hope to get a good crop of veggies next season. 5 stars.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I have zero experience with vegetable gardens, but it's always better buying it from a local farmstand. Congrats on LOTD!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD! Lots of info for ways to plant a small veggie garden. We have a strawberry patch in a raised bed!

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      three sonsstudio 7 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD - Well done and great ideas!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens. I really like the photo of the polyethylene circular vegetable garden. That would look beautiful in our garden too.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great info! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Congrats on Lotd! I'm trying to learn all I can about gardening. I enjoy it a lot.

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      PamelaLough 7 years ago

      Very thorough information. I also prefer to grow my vegetables in raised beds. Great lens!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I have read this lens months ago and still find it useful. Congrats on LOTD! 5*

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      You have gathered a lot of great information about raised beds for gardening. Enjoyed the read and will refer to it in the coming weeks...my starts are itchin' to get outside ;)

      Congrats on LOTD - well deserved, now pat yourself on the back.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      coongrats on LOTD! love this lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent source of information, raised beds are great for growing tomatoes as well.

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      hamsterguy 7 years ago

      whoa that's an interesting lens! thank you! :P

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      hamsterguy 7 years ago

      whoa that's an interesting lens! thank you! :P

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      hamsterguy 7 years ago

      whoa that's an interesting lens! thank you! :P

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Great lens and information on raised bed vegetable gardens!! Congrats on LoTD!!!

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      bcarter 7 years ago

      My hubby and I are considering starting a veggie garden this year. I'm going to have to point this out to him.

      Congrats on LOTD.

      B

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      Joan Walter 7 years ago from Cambellsport, Wisconsin

      Congrats on LOTD! Very interesting....I'm sending a link to this to my daughter in TX....she should get some excellent help from it for her tiny backyard garden this summer.

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      shevyres 7 years ago

      LOTD winner. Congrats, 5*. Brilliant!

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      Richard Rossbauer 7 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

      Super complete job! Raised beds work great for Herb gardens, too

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD. Love the lens.

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens. I'l use this as a reference, for sure

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! It smells like summer and looks freshly!

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      Julianne Gentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I haven't tried this yet, but I'd love to. I have pretty bad arthritis, so I think this would make gardening a bit easier. This is a fantastic resource with so many great ideas, Thanks!

      Congrats on your purple star, too. It's well deserved!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. Well deserved with lots of info. :)

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! It's been featured at https://hubpages.com/community/purple-star-awards-

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      AlexThompson 7 years ago

      Wow this is fantastic lens! I love all the tips & suggestions!

      Please check out my lens too! I just build a lens about anxiety cure and relief. Cheers!

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      applelady72 7 years ago

      What a great informative site. I wasn't sure just how raised vegetable gardens worked, but you have explained everything, and very well. I'm expecting a grandchild this summer, but I hope to study up on all the information you've given us for next year. Thanks again

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      rebeccahiatt 7 years ago

      A raised bed garden is the only garden for my yard. Very informative lens, thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your photos make me want to try this! This year our rain is unrelenting, so I don't know if I'll even get to plant tomatoes until we see enough sunshine and warmer temps. Crazy, crazy season here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for such great information. You sure have the knack for raised-bed gardening.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Fantastic information -- it's easy to see why this one has been so popular! I've been growing vegetables for the first time this year. I never expected it to be so much fun! ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      one dental 7 years ago

      I love all your lenses! So helpful and informative. Thank you for sharing :D

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      Jared Finkelstein 6 years ago

      Consider my company, Teich Garden Systems, as another resouce. We design and install enclosed raised bed garden systems that keep most animals out and have built in irrigation systems. We have built hundreds of gardens nationwide for schools and homes. Our school gardens have paved walkways that allow for wheelchair access and our home gardens have design elements that make your garden functional and beautiful.

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      Teich Garden Systems

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      desilegend 6 years ago

      I tried to one this summer...I need to bookmark your page for the next year. Thanks.

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      Magicality LM 6 years ago

      I'd love to hear how you tackle a garden that's completely overgrown and make it into a nice garden with room for raised beds and just lawn ...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks like FarmVille

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      @Magicality LM: Check out my Easy No-dig Vegetable Garden page (see link above) for some suggestions.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is something I am seriously considering. I've been wanting to put in a garden for several years, we have lots of room, but are on sand, so have to bring in good soil. And with my health issues, I think I could keep it more manageable for me with a raised garden. Great information here, thank you and loved the design and layout! - Kathy

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Great lens, Gonnafly! I struggle with my garden. Now I have the winter to think about how I will change it for next year. Great suggestions!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Raised bed gardening requires less space and makes the surroundings greener. This lens talks about all those plus the benefits - Great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I only have room for the very basics this year, tomatoes, lettuce and a few herbs. Next year I'm determined to get my act together and organise a raised garden for a whole lot more. There's nothing nicer than home grown vegies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A knowledgeable lens. Thank you.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Here in North Carolina the soil is basically red clay. I have broken my back trying to turn it into Iowa farm land. This would be the answer.

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      brutus1 lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for all of the great visuals! These are incredibly helpful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is one of best green lense for garden's lovers :)

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      Nightowl John 6 years ago

      Raised bed gardening is our plan for this year. Thanks for a great resource. Squid Angel blessed.

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      ron23 6 years ago

      Thank you for the very informative lens. Great job.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      My mom always made raised bed vegetable gardens and we enjoyed many a meal from them. Thanks for the memories. I think I will make one in honor of my mom this year. I just have to find a good way to keep the deer away.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      You have some excellent ideas here. Thank you.

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      ravi551854 6 years ago

      full of greenery lens

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I have always enjoyed gardening with raised beds. Now all I need is some more room to place my raised beds. Great job. Blessed by a SquidAngel. Featured on Home and Garden SquidAngel.

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      Thanks for all this great information! I have a bad back so I thought that raised beds might a little bit easier to manage. I particularly like the idea of square foot gardening too.

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      weight-loss-dieting-diets 6 years ago

      Nice Garden, i put this lance to my favorites.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I don't have any suggestions, but I'd love to give this a try when the weather warms up.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      I can vouch that square foot gardening really works, as well as vertical gardening. Although, I found out the hard way it's wise to make sure that different types of plants are compatible, before planting. so close. Wonderful gardening page with lots of useful information. Thank you!

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      CathyLou LM 6 years ago

      I just finished replanting my 4 raised vegetable garden beds yesterday. Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope everything grows... Love the lens! Its very informative.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      So much good information, I have book marked this to come back often. Thank you.

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens - I did square foot gardening for years when I had a large yard.

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      AutumnLockwood LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens. My only suggestion is to put wire mesh in the bottom of the bed if you're plagued with gophers.

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      Livinggreenandclean2011 6 years ago

      I am so happy I found this lens my family and I moved into our first home late last summer and we have been so excited about having a garden for our family. This is going to be where I get all of my info thank you so much.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      I've been thinking of starting a raised garden, so found the info here extremely useful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      awesome lens, 5*

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      ....this caught my eye as my husband has just built a beautiful square raised bed for my garden, and everyone says "is that for your vegetables" I do not know where to start but this is a great place, thanks!

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      have to try it

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      very nice, lots of good info. You are very right about the increased water use in the desert; Besides which I've discovered that the wood will wick the moisture right out of the soil if it's not sealed. Another advantage of a raised bed, though is to keep small children on the path, especially is the space is really tight.

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      Very Nice! You've given a really good overview for beginners; If you are interested in gardening and self sufficiency you might enjoy the forums and articles over at www.freedomgardens.org great folks there, lots of gardening experience of all sorts.,

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      archandha 6 years ago

      Never thought of being so creative with my vegetables garden. Thank you for this awesome inspiration.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great lens - really helpful information

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      i am trying to raise a vegetable garde, thanks for the information, helping me to make a beautiful vegetable garden.

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      GastroStu 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I've been considering building a raised vegetable bed recently (at the moment my garden's just a mess of pots), lots of useful information for me here. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i wish i had enough room in my garden to have a raised veggie garden, my husband keeps on asking me to plant our own vegetables but again, no space. too bad.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Fabulous information and advice. I actually simply prefer the looks of raised beds for plants or flowers. Also, I find that my dogs are just not as likely to step into them as they are to run over plants at ground level. Blessed

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great lens. My neighbor raises vegetables and flowers in very attractive layouts in the back yard. She produces some impressive amounts of vegetables and flowers.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Wonderful lens. I love all of the different ideas of how to build the raised beds. I have used railroad ties and 2 x 6 boards. I made them small enough that I could lean over from all four sides to work on, that makes things a little easier. Thanks for putting so much effort into them. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      AlisonMeacham 5 years ago

      This is such an excellent resource. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      homerepellent 5 years ago

      Wow, another great lens from you. I like how you covered all the bases on the advantages and disadvantages. The videos help to accelerate my learning curve on this topic. Thank you very much, keeping them coming.

      Cheers,

      Homerepellent

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, this lens is packed with detailed information and helpful photos for building a raised bed vegetable garden. Very well done!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nicely done lens & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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      abrahamgpg 5 years ago

      Cool tips, nice lens. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      mikeguerro221 5 years ago

      cool lens! Great tips..

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      Interesting stuff, I might tackle making a raised garden bed next season.

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      SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

      Really good lens, love the layout and content.

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      Organic-Squidster 5 years ago

      This lens if full of helpful info - especially on material suggestions. Great job!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Very well done. You covered it all.

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      neat and nice lens

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      We've always had a veggie garden but ours could use an overhall! Will try this out in the spring! Great lens I 'liked' it a lot!

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      Ivan Wozniak 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      Wow! What a lens. You gave us some really helpful information. I like all the advantages and disadvantages you listed.

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      Jimmy Gavin 5 years ago

      Another great Lens, good space saving ideas

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Not really. I like them because they save on the back.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, I was able to learn a lot about raised garden beds here. Thanks!

      You can also see my lens on the Aquaponics System

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens. I organic garden. To start one I put clean (no wax or tape) cardboard right over the grass and put half top soil and half cattle manure compost to fill it up. Cover with clean straw and border it with 2x8 spruce. The first year, grow tomatoes. You probably won't need to water at all! You will be amazed. Each year after I add 6 bags of cattle manure compost to feed the worms. The worms feed the plants. The grass and cardboard are gone after the first year. Last year, year 3, I grew a cherry tomato plant that was 8 feet high and wide! Over 1000 tomatoes. It amazed me!

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      gardendoll426 5 years ago

      Last year was the first time I have gardened in a raised bed, and it was great! I highly recommend it! My garden bed is in a community garden which provided the beds, mulch and soil. I can't wait to start planting again. Thanks for this awesome lens :)

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      Thank you for the nice lens! I've tried free form raised beds and they do tend to come apart quickly, especially in an area that has heavy rainstorms. My next experiment will be natural wood. I just like the look. Thank you.

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      zillermil 5 years ago

      Great advice -- we keep meaning to do this and it never happens.

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      mantuamom 5 years ago

      I learned a lot from your lens, thank you! We're expanding our garden this year and are in process of building a raised bed using cedar.

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      ChinaGal 5 years ago

      Nicely done lens:) We're going to try Square Foot gardening this summer.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      What a great lens! I can see how I can grow lots of veggies in a fairly small area - great fresh food! It doesn't get much better!

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Nice to see raised garden beds protrayed with such style not just as wood boxes.

      Maybe a bird feeder to add hours of entertainment -

      http://www.squidoo.com/bird-feeders-for-every-home

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      WoodlandBard 5 years ago

      very thorough, beautifully done, lots of new ideas for me, a huge and welcome surprise, many, many thanks.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Nice lens! This has been on my bucket list for a long time. I'm pleased to learn that I can use bricks as a border. I have found a lot of them buried in the back yard.

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      I love my raised beds - but I have no more tips...you gave them all away here! Thanks for a delightful read!

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Nicely done! Blessed.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Fabulous lens! You have provided people with some very vaulable information! Even though I do have the property to do a larger garden I prefer the raised beds because they are easier to do with my work schedule.

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      ndAirborneMedic1 5 years ago

      Completely awesome lens! What a wealth of information! My wife

      and I are planning to start a raised bed vegetable garden very soon.

      I'm. sure that we will refer to your lens often!

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful guide.

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Great lens, very informative! I have a small raised bed herb garden in which I grow parsley and mint. It's great because in the summer the garden grows outside and then can be moved indoors in the winter where the plants can continue to grow.

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all this wonderful information on raised beds. It's a big help since we've been thinking about doing a raised bed garden this year.

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      jejoju 5 years ago

      wow! What a beautiful lens I love it. Thank you for sharing.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      I'm using containers and raised beds exclusively for the first time this year, as we've moved to a spot with a large, lovely yard... and lousy, heavy, gopher infested soil. Some new challenges... but I'm also finding that I really love tending my raised bed!

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      bueler lm 5 years ago

      Raised vegetable gardens make sent to use especially if you have a rocky soil or critters walking around.

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      jholland 5 years ago

      Be sure to build the beds a manageable size. If you can't reach across it from either side, you'll get frustrated quickly. 3-4 feet is usually plenty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have some very informative information. I have been thinking about starting a small vegetable garden. This is very helpful.

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Lots of great and very useful info in this lens.

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      Hey GonnaFly, could you give me some advice? How do you get your lenses to be successful? Can you give me some celebrity endorsement (Mention some of my lenses, help me build an audience)? I have a great composting lens (excellent for gardening). I'm just a kid and it would be nice to have some help from a true master of the lens! It would be much appreciated!

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      By the way this lens is my 999th like!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hugelkultur is totally new to me. Very interesting. Great raised bed resources here. Appreciated!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to explore the wonderful resources at this lens. I am very impressed with the whole raised bed idea, maybe it could slow the gophers down a bit. I would line my beds with chicken wire. Just for a lark I searched for free bricks in San Francisco area where I live, craigslist has a ton. (Literally) I also searched in Saint Louis as well, lots there too. I planted some mint and a flower in an old tire - a common type of raised bed garden.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      Cool Lens!!I enjoyed reading! Youâve inspired me to start my own project!

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I love the idea of imitation stone made of plastic! It looks so real. I would love to have it in my garden. *blessed*

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      HomeKitchenBathB 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens a lot!

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      djh4yla 4 years ago

      Awesome article, very detailed! Gave me a good of idea of what I need if I want to have some fresh veggies at home.

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      clerana 4 years ago

      You put a lot of effort in this lens and the result...great, great.

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      Christine V 4 years ago from Philippines

      This is a wonderful lens. I want to learn how to make our own vegetable garden and this gave me plenty of ideas. Thanks.

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      We want to put a raised garden on our terrace roof. Thanks for sharing these great ideas, I think I am ready to take on the challenge! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      I just started composting this year, a raised bed would be a great way to put next Spring's finished compost to use. Thank you for the great ideas, I have things to consider!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      My tips? Hmm.... Use natural building materials that do not leech chemicals into your soil and that also look good and invite you out into the garden to maintain it. Rather than spending loads of money filling up your raised beds with soil, fill up the base with other plant matter such as small branches and then top it up with your soil. And compost, compost, compost!

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      lakebottomblanket 4 years ago

      Ultimate ideas & tips for such useful & effective gardening vegetables.Thanks

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      ShedHead LM 4 years ago

      I've been thinking about raised gardens as I'm in a wheelchair.

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      outdoorprojects 4 years ago

      Great lens.... how about stucco as a raised garden bed?

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      FreedomGrrl 4 years ago

      Love this lens! Very informative!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      We just built raised beds and can't wait till spring to start planting. Love your lens. Many different options. In the past I have used cinder blocks and freestanding beds. I just built beds from untreated fir. I find the keyhole garden very intriguing.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I think we're about to go this route. Great ideas here and I'll be sharing them with hubby. Thank you and blessed!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm actually thinking about doing raised beds since my soil isn't the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was here in 2010 to celebrate your LotD and am pleased to return to celebrate home page honors...congratulations once again. I don't recall the Hugelkultur raised bed...fascinating and very cool!

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      petelovestoread 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens! lots of info

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      wruenlee 4 years ago

      I love this lens, very comfortable and environmentally friendly. Thanks for sharing =)

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      ViJuvenate 4 years ago

      Hey, I was your 400th like. I hope you got some great points for it! Raised bed gardening is a wonder. I do it myself and there are as many ways to approach it as there are zucchinis on a bush. That one with all the spiky branches and trucks - it looks scary, but I love how they made use of the materials they had. Perfect!

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      extremely useful lens... thank you. bookmarked!!

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      We are planning to add a vegetable garden onto our yard this year. Some great ideas here...

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      Great instructive lens. Thank you! Can't wait til we have land to have a garden and raised beds.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I am dying to make one of these.. I just don't know if it will work in Kuwait with all the heat in the summer?

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      contentlove 4 years ago

      Excellent post!

      Those videos were of big help. thanks.

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      marlonbest50 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I loved it very much. With writing you have given very clear images about it. People out here who are looking for some knowledge about gardening can visit http://www.rosebudmag.com/ask-erik/grower-guru/pre... this link it is about expert advice on Crop Rotation policy and its benefits.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great! I needed a resource for small space gardening. Thanks!

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Great informative and attractive lens. I love the garden in the child's pool. Darn! I just threw one away last year.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Great lens! I have a raised "lasagna garden" in my back yard due to inhospitable red clay where we live. Going to build a second one for this spring. We had enormous success last year with okra and radishes, mild success with lettuce, cukes, and greens. But my cantaloupes and carrots didn't make it.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Wealth of information here. The section on pros and cons of various types of material is very helpful. Thank you!

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      MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

      I was planning for a long time ago to have my small vegetable garden and this article is really helpful.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to congratulate you on your feature. I have been having such gardening urges. Can't wait for spring! Going to start planting my seeds indoors this week. :-)

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      Christine and Peter Broster 4 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

      Thank you for the very useful information. I have been thinking of creating some raised bed gardens this Spring. Happy gardening!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This lens is very informative and helpful. This year I plan to do several raised beds for my vegetables. Thanks for the great tips.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      Make sure that you raised bed garden will get plenty of direct sunshine for many years to come. Remember, trees tend to grow. My small vegetable garden (which I wrote about years ago on Squidoo) suffered the sad fate that the timers rotted after two years and the dogwood tree kept my plants from thriving.

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      BlogsWriter 4 years ago

      Raised bed gardening certainly is a great option if one is constrained for space.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice information.

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      xyz1965 4 years ago

      Wow! Very nice Job! You've convinced me that I can do this in my own yard.

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      khacdiep87 4 years ago

      Oh, it's nice, it's an initiative

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      hopkism 4 years ago

      Wow! This is a very thorough and insightful article! For me, even with the benefits of raised bed gardens I cannot pull myself to start one. I have this romanticism with open fields and farming that keeps me attached to separated fields on my one acre. However, I am thinking about building a couple of these to put in the yard for the misses to maintain her favorite kitchen herbs and wildflowers.

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      David Gardner 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens. I've got a huge backyard ... and we've wanted to put some gardening back there ... a lot of work, though. Your lens is inspirational. Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      victoriuh 4 years ago

      I wonder if this would work on my deck. I need some fresh tomatoes this summer! Thanks for the info. Blessed!

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      Constantimo 4 years ago

      If you have trouble with burrowing vermin, try laying some fine galvanised mesh, or a heavy garden fabric along the bottom before you fill in the raised bed - I'l stop them burrowing up through your veggies :)

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Wonderful work - complex and informative! : )

      Thanks for sharing!

      Blessed!

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      Very helpful tips here and I'm going to bookmark it as I love gardening....Thanks a lot for sharing...Blessed...:)

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      ghebert 4 years ago

      I have raised beds in my garden. They are so much easier to tend to and very eyecatching in the garden. This is a great lens with very helpful information. Thanks!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      You wrote a wonderful lens very informative:)

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      mtg724 4 years ago

      No I think you covered it all, you've done a great job on this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A raised bed made of concrete blocks! I have done the same thing on my roof! Very informative Lens ... Blessed (<------my 1st one! LOL) :)

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      Our garden beds aren't raised, though I wish they were!

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      What a wonderful lens!!! You could write a book, with all this dedication and talent!!!

      I have a raised veggie bed. Compost+loam. My topsoil is too acid because of the pines. I was very happy to see earthworms in there after a few months, nettles and pretty much everything good! I have added a tiny bit of chicken manure now an will incline the back half of my bed so I can get more sun in there.

      Im quite interested in hugelkultur also, maybe it would be interesting for the new beds we are preparing!

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      What an amazing lens!!!

      A bit more and it becomes a great book, love it!!!

      We have raised beds. Our lands have a lot of pines and they make it soooo acidic. We just started digging a pont and started using the deeper loam together with compost to make it better, putting on a stone raised bed. We have even worms and nettles now!!!

      Now we have uncovered a huge patch of land. Just gonna do the same but without the stones for the moment because we don't have any and we are too budgety to buy some :-)

      Keep going with the great work!!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Excellent article with great information. I have been thinking about making a small raised garden. I have also heard that some people buy bags of soil and simply poke holes in the bags to plant the vegetables. Blessed!

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      sociopath-free 4 years ago

      I've always wondered what the benefits were versus just planting in the ground. Thanks!

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      TheDatingGuy 4 years ago

      great lense on raised garden bed's

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      pyngthyngs 4 years ago

      Amazing lens. The concept of a Hugelkultur raised bed is new to me. I have the perfect idea where to do this. Thank you!!

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      greenpharmacy 4 years ago

      Raised bed vegetable garden is an attractive topic.. My father has done huge-culture method since many weeks ago..

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Nice lens of raised gardens. I like them as it makes for easier weeding and control of the soil.

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      debra-cornelius 4 years ago

      wow! What an amazing wealth of information here! My daughter and I were just talking about the possibility of making some raised beds for vegetable gardening when we mover later this spring! I pinned this to one of my Pinterest boards so I can be sure to find it again later!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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      seabreezes 4 years ago

      This one of the best lenses that I have seen and will be referring to it many times.

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      seabreezes 4 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: Planting into bags of soil is often done in the UK. It saves a lot of problems and the plants are happy. You just need to remember to poke holes in the bottom of the bags for drainage. Give it a try. You won't be sorry. Good luck with it.

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      robbieshaws 4 years ago

      This is well researched, well written lens. Kudos. I enjoyed the videos as well, including the one regarding not building a raised vegetable garden with railway sleepers. Well done.

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      KateH2 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens! I have been considering a raised vegetable garden and after reading your wonderful lens I am particularly interested in doing a Square Foot Gardening type. Many thanks for helping me with this decision.

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      Willicious LM 4 years ago

      I really like the keyhole design. I think I am going to try that this year. Great lens overall. Very informative!

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      operanteopinie 4 years ago

      wow, that's a pretty garden

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've heard of using finely shredded mulch which decomposes. You can plant without ever disturbing the ground.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent info! I don't know why so many people do not bother to grow their own veg!

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Some nice ideas there! It's about to be spring up here in the northern half of the world, and I'm about to embark on a project of building raised beds... live in a very damp rainy part of the world and prefer to use wood,m but always worried about how the wood is going to rot, in just a few years... still looking at certain "environmentally friendly" types of treated wood... thanks for a great lens!

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      leomathew 4 years ago

      Excellent Tips. Very informative

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Accurate lens, filled by important tips and tricks. This year I will try to grow a raised vegetable garden!

      Thanks so much for all your hard work and see you soon!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Raised bed gardens are great for veggies or for ornamental plants. It was fun to see all the different styles you found for them! Great lens and Congrats (belated) on your LOTD selection and Purple Star!

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this remarkable lens "Raised bed vegetable garden"

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      Muebles de host 4 years ago

      very nice lens. thank you

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      ibobby08 4 years ago

      Great lens. I especially like the idea of using concrete blocks as was featured in your video. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've heard that finely grounded mulch is great too; it decomposes fast and is rich with nutrients. I haven't tried it myself, yet.

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      ringthepost 4 years ago

      great ideas...I need to do something in the front of my house, love the ideas here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the idea of a raised bed. My mother has one at home. She plants more of her herbs and perennials in it. She mostly used straw mixed with horse or chicken manure to mulch it.

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      OctoberGirl108 4 years ago

      nice lens. It gives me some ideas of what I would like to do in my own yard.

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      Radcliff LM 4 years ago

      I love this! What a great resource for planning a raised-bed garden. Thank you!

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      Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

      So much information here! Very thorough and helpful...

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great resource! I'm just planning some new gardens and I wanted to incorporate raised gardens. Thanks so much for the awesome information.

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      Muebles de exte 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, thank you very much for your info

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      Muebles de exte 4 years ago

      Very nice lens, thank you very much for your info

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      stephen downing 4 years ago

      Raised gardens can also enable physically disabled people to garden as well. There are specially adapted tools available for them as well.

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      AntLangston 4 years ago

      Great lense, an abundance of useful information

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      davidtrust 4 years ago

      Great info! I built a small one last year but I need to get to work on it!

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      tokfakirmiskin 4 years ago

      it is great to have easy bed for gardening. nice lens.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I love learning about new methods - this is def. one to follow!

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      BrandonCase 4 years ago

      Awesome lens!

      We always had gardens growing up, and I've missed them terribly since I moved away to live in the city.

      While I don't have much access to a raised vegetable garden in my apartment, as soon as I can get a house I'll definitely be setting one up!

      Also, I hadn't heard of composting whole trees, and find that idea simply fascinating!

      So, thank you for sharing :)!

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      interesting lens.

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      michaelhaggen 4 years ago

      Great lens you have. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      This is a really nice lens i like all the videos

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      ScottsdaleAgent 4 years ago

      This is a really informative lens. I was just saying yesterday that I was interested in doing a raised bed garden this year. Now I have just the resource I need. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens full of good ideas

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Keep thinking about starting one. Nice lens!

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      OnlineGardener 4 years ago

      Fantastic layout, it has given me great inspiration to write my own. Thank you.

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      Bsmith0913 4 years ago

      Wow! I was going to do one on Raised beds, too, but you already covered everything I had and then some! Very Well Done!!!

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      Bsmith0913 4 years ago

      Wow! I was going to do one on Raised beds, too, but you already covered everything I had and then some! Very Well Done!!!

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Great Information as I am hoping to do some container gardening this year and build some raised beds for next year. Thanks for sharing!

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      greenmind 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens, just in time for the season.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Wow! That's a beautiful garden. I love to have my own too. Sundae ;-)

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Wow !!!

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      websitescolumbu 3 years ago

      Awesome lens stuffed with great information! Thank you!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love you lens! It's featured on "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather" Facebook page today! Please like/share it with your friends!

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      You Go The Extra Mile with your creative lens.

      Blessings

      GEM

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Great lens. Such helpful information.

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