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Gardening based around plant beds which are raised above the surrounding soil.

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How does one harvest aloe vera leaves?

I grow a few large Aloe vera plants which I'm interested in harvesting regularly during the summer months. What percentage of the foliage should be removed at each harvest for highest production? ...
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How far should I place garden plants from concrete and fences?

I have a 9' strip of land nestled between my driveway and the neighbor's fence. I'd like to plant some rows of blackberries and make some raised beds with tomatoes and vegetables here since it's one ...
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What are some good combinations of plants & practices for raised beds to maximize efficiency/output?

As an example of what I am asking I provided one answer: Lettuce/spinach grow well in the empty spaces around the base of pepper plants. Pepper plants don't grow too tall and aren't ...
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Does it make sense to plant a cover crop in raised beds?

I'm wondering if it makes sense to plant a cover crop in my raised beds over winter. If so, what plant would you recommend for south-central Ohio. I have three 4'x8' double dug beds.
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What is the advantage of a raised bed over clay soil vs just amending the clay soil?

Assuming: There are no tree roots or moles around to worry about. I am young and don't mind bending over the extra 6-12 inches. What is the advantage of building a raised bed vs just heavily ...
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What is the optimal raised bed depth for Brassicas?

I built two large raised beds in my new garden, but couldn't manage to fill them to the top. The bottom is closed with cardboard and has a layer of prunings and hay 1-3 cm deep. I planted anyway 10 ...
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Does peat moss negate the effects of perlite?

I am repurposing a fire pit into a raised garden bed. From my readings, it seems like the popular soil mixes for raised garden beds include peat moss, compost, topsoil, and vermiculite. I have the ...
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Should I replace the soil every year in a raised bed that's on top of concrete?

I have a raised bed that is on concrete. My local greenhouse told me I needed to replace ALL the dirt in there every year due to pollutants. Do you know if that is true as there is a lot of dirt and I ...
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Is this a type of swiss chard?

I found this plant growing in my raised bed, where watermelon and pumpkin were growing last year. It resembles Swiss Chard (has a red vein) but does not have a red stem.
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What is this volunteer plant that resembles flat-leaf parsley?

I found this growing in my raised garden, where I had tomatoes, basil and geraniums last year. It's approximately 2'X2' right now and growing. It resembles parsley. Click on photo for full size ...
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Two-dimensional plant spacing

I'm new to vegetable gardening and am just beginning to plant a few seeds into raised beds. On every seed packet, and in almost every other guide or reference I've found, on- and off-line, ...
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Placement of a front yard raised vegetable garden

I'm getting approval from my wife to build a raised vegetable garden in our front yard which gets full sun from mid morning throughout the evening. She'd prefer it to be near the sidewalk (spot #1) ...
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Any concerns on putting a garden bed over concrete?

I would like to start a vegetable garden. The problem is I've planted so many fruit trees in the ground that there's no more room for vegetables. The only way I can start my vegetable garden is to ...
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Where'd the worms go?

To prepare for a tear-down rebuild, I had to remove our raised garden beds. Given the effort that went into building them, there was no way I was going to lose those beds to the gears of ...
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Improving heat retention and light availability of coldframes

I am currently planning on building some grow-houses/cold frames. Actually mostly raised beds 18" (45cm) high, with the ability to fit panels over it in winter turning them into cold frames. The rear ...
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Can blueberries be grown in a raised garden bed?

I am thinking of putting in a raised garden bed in our back yard here in south-west Florida. The soil here is rocky and sandy, and I've been told by more than one person that some things don't grow so ...
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What products should I fill raised garden beds with?

I've built a raised garden bed and would like to know what types of soil or mix I should use to fill it with? Should it be a mixture of top soil and compost? I'm looking for an affordable option. ...
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Is a 3 foot wide raised bed versatile enough?

I have a small area of 15 feet by 10 feet and am thinking of doing three 3 foot by 8 foot beds with about 2 feet in between each. But I could also do two large beds instead like two 5 foot by 8 foot ...
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Can I build a raised bed from cinder blocks without using mortar?

I have a cement platform edged by wood next to the wall of my home (? purpose). I would like to create a raised bed to grow vegetables there by using cinder blocks (6x8x16) on the 27x60 in. platform. ...
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What should I consider when putting raised garden beds on concrete?

I have a bunch of raised garden bed frames, and I'm considering putting them on a slab of concrete that I have in my back yard. I wanted to avoid putting them on the grass, as when I've done this ...
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How do I avoid overfilling raised beds if I'm adding substantial manure annually?

I've got some freshly constructed raised beds and I've filled them with a lovely load of well rotted horse manure. The manure is so nice to work with, so rich and friable and easy to weed, that next ...
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How to flatten chicken wire?

We're trying to flatten chicken wire (for our raised bed fence) that came in a roll originally. Any tips?
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How much nitrogen per bale in a straw bale garden?

I recently read a NY Times article about straw bale gardening. It says that you should add about 2 1/2 cups of 20% N fertilizer or three pounds of blood meal and feather meal per bale. Add water, wait ...
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Is it safe to use pressure-treated wood for raised beds that have been lined with plastic?

I have been advised not to use pressure treated lumber to build raised beds, but I just read your idea of lining them with pool plastic. If you did that, could you then use pressure treated lumber, ...
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Turn existing asparagus bed into raised bed

My wife and I planted some asparagus last spring in a regular bed next to an outbuilding. We are looking to add another plant right next to the asparagus, which I would like to put into a simple ...
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Raised beds border - made of a dry stone wall

I find myself in the situation where I need to redo my raised vegetables and strawberry beds. I read What is a good alternative to pressure treated wood for raised beds? and Do chemicals leach from ...
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Can a raised vegetable garden co-exist with nearby fruit trees?

I am putting in new raised beds for a vegetable garden. The beds will be 40cm (16 inches) high. The beds will line the length of a fence and I am planning to put a row of fruit trees (possibly ...
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How deep does a raised bed need to be for a veggie patch?

I am putting in some new raised veggie beds along a fence line and will also be putting in some climbers (probably passion fruit) between the beds and the fence for screening. To keep the vine/tree ...
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Can I use red clay bricks for an organic veggie raised bed? What about mortar?

I am trying to find an inexpensive but attractive way to put a raised bed in that will be used for an organic veggie garden. It sounds as if clay bricks are OK if they haven't been in a fireplace. ...
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Do I need to/should I till up lawn before putting raised beds on top?

I have a lawn that I am considering turning into more garden space. (roughly 25' x 25') I've done raised beds on top of an existing garden in the past, but never on top of lawn/grass without ripping ...
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Are blackberries hard to control?

I just planted two unnamed blackberry cultivars in a raised bed with rhubarb surrounded by flagstone. It seemed like a good idea at the time but now based on a remark about how they are a "nightmare ...
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Soil-less raised garden bed with straw

I used a new soil-less method for my recent raised vegetable bed. This is the method I used: Softened the soil by loosening with a fork. Laid soaked cardboard in the diameter of the bed, overlapping ...
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Tilling soil around a tree for a raised bed. How much is safe for tree?

The trees are Northern Arizona cedar trees about 1'-3' in diameter at trunk base, have a canopy of 15'-25' in diameter and I wanted to to put in trunk-surrounding raised beds that are 5' in diameter, ...
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Raised bed around tree. Do I need to protect the trunk?

I wanted to put in some raised beds that are about 1' deep above ground, and that wrap circularly around a Northern Arizona cedar tree. Do I need to plastic or a rock/cage around the tree trunk to ...
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Cement Blocks for Raised Bed?

What are the pros and cons of using cement blocks for a raised bed? I am thinking of using something similar to these cement blocks and building them 3 blocks high. That would give me a good 2ft deep ...
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Is there any reason not to build super-tall raised beds?

I didn't find anything Googling or in my John Seymour books: Question: Is there any reason not to build super-tall raised beds? The reason: Having the ground level at chest-height could make tending ...
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How can I make a soiless mix for raised beds?

We are making numerous raised beds and have been playing around with various combinations of bagged garden soil, compost, etc. to fill them but this method is both expensive and providing less than ...
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Are raised beds considered a change of grading? [closed]

Are there any permits required? What can be done to prevent problems with authorities in this regard?
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Will a plastic liner in a Redwood raised bed make the wood last longer?

I was thinking of getting 2x6"x8' redwood planks to make raised beds. The beds will not be burried at all. Will lining the inside that with that black plastic make these beds last longer, or does ...
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What type of plastic is safe for lining vegetable garden beds?

You know those roles of black plastic you can get a home depot? What does the plastic have to be made of to be safe for lining a garden bed? What if the plastic is exposed to sunlight - what ...
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How much space can I leave between soaker hoses in my garden?

I'm in the process of planting my garden, and I had planned 3 ft wide raised beds with a single soaker hose running down the center of each one. I am using a square foot layout, so there will be 3 ...
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How should I build a raised garden bed?

Looking for advice on building a raised garden bed for vegetable gardening. Will be building two beds. Was planning for 1' deep beds, using either 2"x12" or 2"x6" (2 stacked) boards, but is that depth ...
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What is a good alternative to pressure treated wood for raised beds?

I've had my pressure treated wood raised beds for my vegetable garden since 2005 and was recently made aware of the potential risks of using this kind of wood. I have seen conflicting articles saying ...
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Do chemicals leach from sides of raised bed?

Around a year ago I went to a local hardware store to buy some treated pine logs to make a raised garden bed. The guy at the store asked if I was using it for a vegetable bed and he explained that ...
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Do dead bamboo limbs run the risk of seeding a garden bed?

I have these three bags, along with two more waiting for curbside pickup of yard waste to start back up. I am also about to dig a garden bed for a bunch of pepper plants. Although I don't anticipate ...
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Which techniques and tools should I use to build a raised vegetable garden from bricks?

I have about 2/3 of a pallet of bricks left over from building our house (I didn't build it!), and I'd love to use them to build a raised vegetable garden. I have never laid bricks before, but am keen ...
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What is “parts” in this potting soil recipe?

I have this recipe that I found from my Granddad's place for making potting soil, for which I need 120 gallons (or for a 16 cubic foot raised box). The recipe calls for the following ingredients: 5 ...
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What is the best way to prevent animals from eating my garden without a fence?

We have a raised bed garden that does well for the most part. For aesthetic purposes, my wife will not let me put a fence around the garden. Most of the veggies and herbs do well and do not get ...
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What woods shouldn't be used for hugelkultur?

I have a yard this year for the first time and I'm attempting various methods of building beds. For my first bed, I used double digging. But that was an insane amount of work and I'm not all that ...
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Will a galvanized container leach Zinc and “Trim” the roots? Are there other effects?

I have heard that a galvanized container such as this one for a raised bed will leach zinc and "trim" the roots. What do they mean by this? Would the increased zinc be bad for raising food plants? I ...