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Vegetable Gardening 101

For many reasons gardening in raised beds makes sense.

  • Raised beds are higher than ground level and are filled with soil that is perfectly suited for vegetable production.
  • Beds are typically 4' across and of any length, although a 4' by 8' shape is the simplest to build.
  • You can reach the garden from paths on all sides.
  • You never walk in your raised bed so the soil does not compact.

More reasons:

  • Raised beds save money because you only dig, fertilize and water the beds and not the paths.
  • Raised beds reduce weeding because plants are grown in close proximity to each other crowding out weeds.
  • Raised beds drain better keeping roots from becoming water logged and oxygen deprived.
  • Raised beds warm up more quickly in the spring.

So now that you are convinced, here are your instructions:

  • Build your raised bed from any materials you would like: wood, bricks, block. You can even use straw bales though they will not be durable. If you choose wood; cedar, cypress and locust are durable but will eventually need replacing.
  • Cover the bottom of the raised bed with overlapping cardboard or several layers of newspaper 6 to 10 sheets to smother out grass or weeds.
  • Fill the beds with soil high in organic matte; top soil mixed with Bumper Crop, well shredded leaves, aged manures and compost.
  • Be sure to top off the beds with fluffy compost and top soil.

Come on in to Gateway and we will help you select the right number of plants and the best varieties of vegetables to make your harvest bountiful!