How To Start A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Starting raised beds doesn’t have to be a lot of work. For the lazy gardener you can simply lay down cardboard over your lawn, wet it with a hose and layer compost/soil on top. Call a local farm and see if you can afford to have a couple cubic yards of composted manure delivered. It’s usually not terribly expensive and having it delivered is a real plus. If the location of your beds is close enough to the driveway or street the delivery truck can typically dump it directly into your beds as well. A very convenient situation for the lazy gardener!



Cedar is the ideal choice of wood because it takes a very long time to rot out but if you’re short on cash you can easily get a few years out of simple cheap pine boards. Be sure to avoid pressure treated materials when growing food as to avoid toxins from the treatment chemicals.

It’s a good idea to keep beds no more than 4 feet wide at any given point so you are able to reach into the middle of the bed without walking on it and compacting the soil. Walking in them would defeat a main benefit of raised beds. The loose soil! (which is just perfect for carrots and other root veggies).

Use sturdy stakes every few feet on the outside of your beds to keep the wood from warping out due to the pressure of the soil its holding. Another option is to screw in cross section beams on the inside of the beds.

Watch the video below for more pointers and ideas. Be sure to become familiar with square foot gardening to get the most out of your space (it’s great for beginners too!)



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