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Setting up a Productive, Organic Raised Garden Bed

Updated on November 29, 2014

Why you might like a Raised Tin Garden Bed at your place

It's been something on my mind for a while now and when I visited my local produce centre lately I saw some locally made raised tin garden beds for $198 each. Compared to other stores and set ups $198 is a superb price for something its size. Made of thick steel so it didn't need support beams inside, it measured about 40 cm high, 2 metres long and 1 metre wide. And it wouldn't rust for 20 years according to the store owner. This was AMAZING! So, soon enough I had one of them at my place. I filled it up with what the store recommended and planted it out. I now have a very productive little veggie patch and just lately started harvesting my first crop of produce. I have had it now for about 2 months now and I am so impressed with it. I hope you enjoy this lens and maybe even buy a raised tin garden bed for yourself!

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Choosing a garden bed.

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When you're choosing a raised tin garden bed here are three main things to think about:

-Size

-Shape

-Price

Of course you need to choose if you'll buy a big one or a small one.

Also you need to decide what shape you'll choose, because believe it or not, you can buy circle ones or triangle ones or even tiered ones.

And of course the price. Remember to always compare prices with other stores.

I got mine from a produce centre where it was custom built by some local guy. As long as he could bend it, you could get any size & shape. Some other places to purchase a raised tin garden bed would be:

- a hardware store

- market (possibly)

- online

(Image from: http://www.td-rainwatertanks.com.au/raised-garden-beds.html )

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard

Filling up your Raised Tin Garden Bed and getting it ready for planting.

Time required: 1.5 - 2 hours (depending on skill of person/people)

Difficulty: medium

Cost: $220 approx. + garden bed of choice

Materials:

  • 1 x Tin garden bed (1 metre width x 2 metre length)
  • 2 x Cow manure bags
  • 1 x Mushroom compost bags
  • 2 x bags Lucerne
  • 2 x bags Sugarcane
  • 4 x Garden soil bags

Tools:

  • Garden fork
  • Hoe
  • Gloves
  • Mouth mask
  • Protective glasses
  • Level

Instructions:

1. Determine the area in your garden that you will place your garden bed. A main factor to take into consideration is the sun/shade areas in your garden. Try to choose a spot that gets at least 3 - 5 hours of sun per day. Don't worry if you only have 3 hours, that's still enough. Ours really only get about 3 hours of sun each day and it does very, very well.

2. Before you can start work I really suggest getting some gloves on and a mouth mask. Sometimes protective glasses can be good too.

3. Once you have found your area of choice (and gotten your protection clothing on) remove all of the grass or weeds. Dig over the ground with a garden fork and then using your hoe try to smooth and level the ground as much as possible. Then place your raised tin garden bed on the ground and using your level, make sure it is level.

4. Now you can start filling the garden bed. First add 1 bag of Sugarcane. Try to spread it out as much as possible (with a hoe). Next add 1 bag of cow manure (& flatten out with hoe). Then add a bag of Lucerne. And yep- you can guess what I will say - flatten out with hoe. You will !NOT! have to dig it over as the worms will do it naturally.

5. After that add 1 bag of garden soil. (I won't repeat '(&flatten out with hoe)' anymore). Then 1 bag of Sugarcane. Then 1 bag of soil. Then 1 bag of Lucerne. Then 1 bag of mushroom compost. And then to finish it all off, add 2 bags of garden soil.

6. After that water it all in and let it settle overnight. The next day make sure that the soil is to the very top of your garden bed because it will 'sink' a bit. Just add a bit more soil if it is not to the very top.

And then you're all done and ready to plant!

Some products to get you started

Heirloom Culinary Vegetable Seeds (12 pack) – Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Yellow Tomato, Cherry Tomatoes, Snap Peas, Squash, Zucchini, Spinach, Bush Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Lettuce - Zziggysgal
Heirloom Culinary Vegetable Seeds (12 pack) – Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Yellow Tomato, Cherry Tomatoes, Snap Peas, Squash, Zucchini, Spinach, Bush Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Lettuce - Zziggysgal

Zziggysgal Custom Collection of 12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds - Open-Pollinated, Non-Hybrid & Non-GMO. "Detroit Dark Red Beets" - "Waltham 29 Broccoli" - "Buttercrunch Lettuce" - "California Wonder Sweet Peppers" - "Viroflay Spinach" - "Green Arrow Peas" "Black Beauty Squash" - "Early Prolific Straightneck Squash" - "Jubilee Tomatoes" - "Red Cherry Tomatoes" - "Landreth Stringless Bush Beans" - "Long Purple Eggplant" - The growing instructions and the background history of each type of heirloom vegetable are included. You are not wasting a cent on this fab product.

 
4 Pack Showa Atlas NT370 Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves - Large (Assorted Colors)
4 Pack Showa Atlas NT370 Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves - Large (Assorted Colors)

The flexible nitrile coating is tougher than rubber, protecting palms and fingertips from the rigors of every day work. They fit perfectly and feel like a second skin. Amazing gloves.

 
3M Virtua Protective Eyewear, Clear Frame, Clear Anti-Fog Lens
3M Virtua Protective Eyewear, Clear Frame, Clear Anti-Fog Lens

These great, cheap glasses will be perfect for the job.

 
Stanley 42-470 48-Inch High Impact ABS Level
Stanley 42-470 48-Inch High Impact ABS Level

Durable, shock-resistant ABS construction. Top-read center vial designed for instant readability. Measuring scale adds utility. Non-marring material will not damage finished surfaces. High-visibility yellow is easy to spot on the job site.

 

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      Richard Binary 

      4 years ago

      These corrugated Iron plant beds do look good, plus they are better for the plants than treated timber which can leach out the often poisonous treatment chemicals if a plastic liner is not used. And as you mention Nicholas, the long lasting warranty.

    • Nicholas13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicholas13 

      4 years ago from Earth

      @GrammieOlivia: Once again, thank you grammieo!

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      Nicholas13 

      4 years ago from Earth

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci, glad you love the look of them.

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      Nicholas13 

      4 years ago from Earth

      @asereht1970: Thank you!

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely lens. Will have to share it with the Weekend Gardeners on Squidoo too! Come join us over there if you like, you will see your page shared with like minded individuals. Come join us and like us over there too! https://www.facebook.com/GrammieKnowsWeekendGarden...

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      asereht1970 

      4 years ago

      Great lens with useful tips.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love the look of these! They fit anywhere, even on an apartment patio. Thanks for sharing.

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