Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

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Anyone have raised beds? I want to put in a raised bed vegetable garden but I'm not quite sure where to start. I know there are several kits you can buy and you can also make your own. What do you all recommend for someone just trying to get something set up without TOO much cost or time sunk into it.

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If you are at all handy with a saw and electric screw driver you can build them yourself without spending too much money. I'm not a great carpenter or anything but I built my own raised bed gardens.

I know other people have build much more elaborate beds but I was looking for something simple and not too expensive. I'm going on my third year using them and they seem to be holding up fine despite the rain and harsh winters here in Connecticut.
I have recently moved but at my last house I had the builder construct a raised bed garden out of concrete similar to a house foundation. You can see my raised bed garden on this post. It also contains some other useful links on raised bed gardening.

At my new house I plan to take a different approach. I found a supplier who sells raised bed kits made from cedar that appear to be easy to assemble. They are not cheap but it would cost you just as much to buy just the cedar so I believe they are a good value. I'd love to hear from anyone who has used these.

Good luck with your raised beds - I think you'll love them.
Buy the book The All New Square Foot Gardening. It has all the information you need to create raised beds, plant them and harvest organically. I love this method and use it in my 144 sq. ft. garden
I used concrete cinder blocks for my community garden plot. It was way cheaper than using wood and it will last longer...probably will outlast me! :)
ps - I did make a couple YouTube vids about it. My channel name is Lifeafter40isgood
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By all means, follow Mel Bartholomew's advice (of square foot gardening fame). He got me started on the simplest 4X4 frames. Now I have 10 and am growing tons of produce.
Raised beds are the safest way to grow plants in a garden. Raised bed gardening is a technique of growing plants in tan elevated platform. The raised level does not allow small animals or creatures to come and destroy the plants. Raised bed gardening is easy to install at your home. All you need is an elevated platform where you can fill some soil and nutrients. For those whose soil is not good for growing plants, raised bed gardening is the recommended option. It can also be a raised ground where the plants can be grown. Here are few simple steps to make a raised bed garden:
1. Find the place or location in your garden where you would like to make raised bed garden
2. When the raised bed is planned to have, now prepare the soil. Tilt and plough the soil about 2 feet deep for smaller plants and deeper for larger plants. The soil must be loose enough to have proper drainage and firm enough to support the plant in all growing stages.
3. Place a base layer with any flat surface object like wooden board or something similar so that it would protect the plant from pests and other harmful things that disturb your plant.
4. Spread the potting mix over this prepared area. The height of the raised bed depends on the type of plants growing inside. It is flexible
5. With the help of usable pipes, make a fence for bed. The idea behind this is to have a border high enough to hold raised soil in place.
6. Inside the raised bed, arrange the plants in any way you like. There can be humps and burrows or a flat surface
7. Water the plants and you are done. Raised beds do not hold water for longer time. So for plants that need more water, water them frequently.

Thanks a lot for the tips
Raised garden beds also called garden boxes are a good option for growing small plots of veggies and flowers keeping away pathway weeds, and avoid soil compaction. It prevents soil erosion too.
Now to start off pick a place. clear the ground.improve the soil and dig your soil for loosening it. Choose your plants, and plant them. Water them. To keep weeds out cover the soil with mulch. Keep watering.
There are many garden box designs to choose from. Take a look at few of them available http://inthebackyard.ca/gardens/. Make sure you choos ethe right mulch. Check for measure swhich improve sthe garden soil. Prune at the right time. Kepp removing weeds carefully. Best wishes.
Before planting, make sure that your garden is comfortable for your plants i.e it should not contains any insect infestation or hire the pest control team for extermination if found on inspection.

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