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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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      asereht1970 3 years ago

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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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      FCM 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful lens, just in time for the season.

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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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      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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      OnlineGardener 4 years ago

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

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Keep thinking about starting one. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens full of good ideas

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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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      Jordan 4 years ago

      This is a really nice lens i like all the videos

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      michaelhaggen 4 years ago

      Great lens you have. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      interesting lens.

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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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      chi kung 4 years ago

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

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      tokfakirmiskin 4 years ago

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

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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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      AntLangston 4 years ago

      Great lense, an abundance of useful information

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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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      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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      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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      Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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'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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      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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      Muebles de host 4 years ago

      very nice lens. thank you

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      leomathew 4 years ago

      Excellent Tips. Very informative

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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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      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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      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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      operanteopinie 4 years ago

      wow, that's a pretty garden

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      TheDatingGuy 4 years ago

      great lense on raised garden bed's

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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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      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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      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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      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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      CatJGB 4 years ago

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

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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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      mtg724 4 years ago

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

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      You wrote a wonderful lens very informative:)

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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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      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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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Wonderful work - complex and informative! : )

      Thanks for sharing!

      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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      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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      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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      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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      khacdiep87 4 years ago

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

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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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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice information.

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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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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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      contentlove 4 years ago

      Excellent post!

      Those videos were of big help. thanks.

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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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      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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      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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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

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

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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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      wruenlee 4 years ago

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

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      petelovestoread 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens! lots of info

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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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      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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      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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      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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      FreedomGrrl 4 years ago

      Love this lens! Very informative!

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      outdoorprojects 4 years ago

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

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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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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      lakebottomblanket 5 years ago

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

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      Bill 5 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!