Questions tagged [raised-beds]

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

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First time gardener looking for a critique of my 2020 plan and answers to a several questions that came up in the process!

Greeting earth whisperers, It's that time of the year again where I plan to start a garden, but never get around it and say "next year, for sure!" Except this time, I want to actually follow through ...
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Raised bed pure horse manure compost

I've got some new raised beds, 16inch deep on top of gravel so not over soil, and am thinking of filling them with pure horse manure compost, a little top soil and small amount of sharp sand. Would ...
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Spruce for Hugelkultur?

I have just learned about hugelkultur and can't seem to find out whether or not spruce trees are good to use for these types of raised beds. It's nearly the only type of tree that grows in my area. ...
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Should I mulch after turning in a cover crop? In a raised bed

I planted a cover cropping mix (clover mix) and recently turned it into the soil so that it can decompose in 3-6 weeks. First I cut the green parts of the cover crop into the soil and then used a hoe ...
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How can I garden without sun outdoors

I live in a building with a very small patch of property out back I am allowed to do stuff with (Townhome with strict HOA kind of thing). I managed to fit a 4x4 raised garden bed very nicely (though ...
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What's the ideal pot size for seedlings that will be transplanted outdoors as soon as possible?

I was wondering what is the ideal pot size for seedlings like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, that will be transplanted to an outdoors raised bed as soon as possible (is that when they have 2 sets of ...
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Particle board for hugelkultur?

I'm tearing down a shed, and considering the painted particle board walls for putting at the bottom of some tall raised beds. Is that a bad idea? Can/should I use the other structural wood from the ...
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How to convert inches to gallons?

When I'm trying to figure out how much to water things in my garden I'll often see things like, "...they will need 1-2 inches of water each week." From what I understand, this is the same as if there ...
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How to minimize rot when building raised bed from sleepers?

I am building a raised bed for vegetables out of pressure treated sleepers and I need to put them over concrete. I live in UK and there is more than enough humidity so I do want to prolong their life ...
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Raised Garden Bed - Catch all support system

I have two 4'x6' raised garden beds where I am growing a variety of vegetables. I specifically want to find out for indeterminate toamtoes, bell pepper plants, beans, and peas, if I can just put long ...
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Support Structures for Green beans and peas

Growing green beans and peas in my raised garden bed and wanted to know about supports for these plants. For the peas I plan on just using canes in the ground and tying them up as such. I also ...
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Getting Ready to Move my Tomato Plants Outside

Planted Beefsteak tomato seeds into seed starting trays on May 8th. They've since been growing well under grow lights indoors and have been transplanted to larger containers. I think it's almost ...
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Is Vigoro Triple Mix safe for growing tomatoes?

I planted some kale and hot peppers in containers in my garden. A couple of days after filling out the containers I realized the soil I bought wasn't an organic soil, just a Triple Mix type, Vigoro ...
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Optimal Raised Garden bed layout

When I am picking where to place vegetables in my raised garden bed, what is the rule of thumb in terms of the larger, taller plants on what side to avoid them shading the other one's as much as ...
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Do I need to cover newly planted seedlings when it rains

There are thunderstorms forecast for tonight. 3 days ago I planted carrot seedlings that were about 3 weeks old. Wondering if I should put a tarp over them so they don't get pounded. Total rain ...
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Starting Raised Garden Beds

I've made two 4x6 raised garden beds and what to place them on top of grass. I've prepared the area a little bit by flipping the grass covered ground a couple of inches. My question: To stop the ...
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What depth is required for a raised bed vegetable in Southern California?

I am planning a raised bed vegetable garden for my Southern California backyard. my current design was going to use 3'x6' cedar boxes, 7-1/4 inches high, until I read that that this shallow dirt would ...
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Mulch + raised garden for a desert water saving Vegetable Garden?

I am planning a raised bed vegetable garden in dry Southern California. I wish to produce food in my dry climate, and am concerned for possible future water restrictions. Besides the water savings ...
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Preparing the area for a raised bed

New hobbyist here. I'm planing a raised garden bed (about 4' by 6' or 8') and I want to clear the area. My thoughts were to make a bed that would be a 12" high hollow frame, that I would "sink" about ...
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Wooden fruit crates as edging for lawn

As you can see, this grave needs some sort of edging to prevent soil from running down. Now i could use bricks for the job but that would take away the raised bed look of the grave that i like. Plus ...
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How to seal board gaps in raised bed garden?

I just put together a 10x4 raised bed garden using cedar boards stacked 2 high. I am a little concerned that the small gap between the stacked boards will let water seep out. Could you provide any ...
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Building a raised garden from old garden furniture

I have an old outdoor garden bench that I bought from Ikea and I am considering converting into a raised garden bed. We once painted this garden bench many years back. So my concern here is that ...
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Hydroponics and transparent water container

Is it fine to have a transparent bucket of water for hydroponics with recirculating water? the roots of the plants are obscure, but not so sure about the container. This is the setup: https://www....
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Plastic container within wooden frame-raised bed over concrete slabs

I need to create a raised bed garden mostly to propagate plants. I have an area covered in sun for most of the day. I need to propagate some bushes and decorative grasses and this will also be an area ...
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Are asphalt roofing panels suitable for raised garden bed walls?

I'm planning out my garden build and I'm trying to figure out the most economical way of doing so. I'd like to build my beds out of something rot resistant, chemical free, and affordable. My garden ...
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Raised bed soil: local dirt and compost 50/50 mix?

I'm doing raised bed gardening (wooden boxes 6'x2'x28"deep). Excellent drainage through underlying gravel into natural earth. Question: I'm using a mix of 50% local dirt and 50% compost (home made). ...
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How to revive an old garden bed?

My wife and I just bought our house this winter, one of the things that we liked so much about it was the 3 large garden beds. 20x17 each. I've always lived in apartments growing up and have no clue ...
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what fruit tree rootstocks can grow in very shallow soil?

I own some property close to Owen Sound, Ontario, in Canada plant hardiness Zone 5b. The land is mostly a hardwood forest with rocky soil and maple, paper birch and some other hardwood trees grow ...
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Posts for a fence line raised garden

I am going to build a raised garden along a fence. According to this YouTube tutorial: Building a raised garden bed - Part 1, the holes are dug up so that the posts can be fixated to the ground. When ...
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What do I do with cover crops before planting vegetables in a raised bed?

I have a raised bed that I use to plant vegetables. Over the winter, I have planted fava beans as cover crop to get some nitrogen in the soil. What should I do with the fava plants before I plant the ...
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Building raised flower bed

I am a beginner gardener. I've heard about raised flower beds a lot. I would like to know what would be pros and cons of building a raised bed like this one:
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Is it ok to have a raised garden bed next to a house?

I built this raised planter and placed it next to my house. There is around an inch and a half space between the wall and the siding of the box. Pictures are shown below. Is there any reason why this ...
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What's the correct name for this raised tree bed?

What's the correct name for this raised tree bed? This one was designed only for the tree. And it's not inside a garden, not even in a park, but at the corner of the street. Searching on Google I can ...
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Maintaining Moisture in an Above Ground Bed

Brand new to gardening. Recently setup a 3.5'x4' above ground garden with some herbs, peppers, and tomatoes. Ground soil is mostly sand (Living in Orlando, FL). How do I ensure the bed maintains ...
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What's the difference between old style pressure treated wood vs newer dark stained versions

A member of my family recently replaced some old pressure treated lumber for a retaining wall in their backyard. They used this darker colored pressure treated lumber identified by it's telltale ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm asking this mainly to learn before I spend money and effort. This year our produce hasn't been good and mainly because of critters. So I was wondering if raised beds will help to keep the critters ...
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Is Reinforced Polyethylene Construction Film safe for raised bed liners?

I am planning to build raised beds. For the longevity of the wood I would like to use plastic liners. Is Reinforced Polyethylene Construction Film food safe? If not, could anyone please suggest a ...
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Watermelon leaves curled up and fruit were squishy. Is it normal?

I planted Crimson Red watermelon seedlings (top) in a firepit that I converted to a garden bed. It's sharing space with a tomato (left), rosemary (bottom), and red pepper (right). Since there's 4 ...
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What are some vegetable plants to start from seed in July?

I have some space in my raised bed that I can use to plant some vegetables for the rest of the season. Is it too late to start vegetables from seeds now? If not, what are vegetables that would be ...
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Building a dam in a bed

I put my peppers and cucumbers in the same bed, and it appears that I am overwatering my peppers. It'd be preferable to not remove any plants, as I don't have room. Is there an advisable way to build ...
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Raising bed of Peonies

I have a bed of flowers which I would like to raise by 2-2½ feet (61cm - 76cm) with the soil added to the top, but I am concerned about the idea when I have well established Peonies. Is it possible ...
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Need help identifying this worm

I noticed small holes in my kale and was concerned. When I looked under the leaf I saw this green worm (easy to spot). On more inspection I identified another 15 worms on this kale plant and another ...
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Will the worm population in my raised beds be OK during cold or hot weather?

I'm in zone 4 and just finishing up building some 3' tall garden boxes. In the winter, the whole thing will definitely freeze. I'm worried that my earthworms are going to have to burrow 3' + 16" ...
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How long does galvanised steel last, directly against soil, in a raised garden bed?

I'm intending to build 4 raised vege garden beds, and want them to last as long as possible. Galvanised steel (locally it's commonly called corrugated iron) is likely to be a reasonably economic ...
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How can I grow better shaped yellow squash?

I am growing some early prolific straight neck yellow squash in my raised bed. I am getting a lot of flowers and squashes but they don't seem to be growing to full size. Am I doing something wrong? ...
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Redbor Kale having issues

All of a sudden the outer edges of some of the redbor kale leaves seem to be drying. Anyone know why this could happen?
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Can I plant a large tree in a raised bed?

I'm going to plant two pecan trees. When I plant them, they'll just be pretty small, but will have an ultimate width of between 75 and 100 feet years from now. Due to flooding issues, I would like to ...
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Is this a weed or vegetable

I have this plant growing in my raised bed that I did not plant. Is this a weed or a useful vegetable plant? Need help identifying the plant.
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Need help identifying this volunteer plant

I have a raised bed that I recently put home made compost in. I have this volunteer plant growing and suspect it came out of a seed that I may have thrown in the compost bin. Unlike some of you I am ...
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How to level up low flower beds?

I am a beginner at gardening. My flower beds are lower than the lawn; I want to build beds to the level of the lawn. My late husband did all gardening, so I am at a loss of what to do. Do I use ...