Questions tagged [raised-beds]

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

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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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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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Cucumber leaves turning yellow

This is the second time I've planted cucumbers. Last year they did great despite some yellowing of the leaves. However the leaves didn't yellow til well after cucumbers were produced. This year the ...
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Miner bees vs raised beds

Last yard some strange ground bees opened up shop in my front yard. I did a little research and determined they're miner bees. Apparently they don't sting and are generally helpful in a similar way to ...
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Raised Bed Perennials over concrete (Zone 6a)?

The back of my house is east-facing, and where it meets the yard there is a concrete slab about the width of a sidewalk. (The rest of the yard is grass and beds). To make things even more unsightly, ...
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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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How to amend existing soil in raised beds?

What is the favored way to lighten & amend soil inside a raised bed? My raised beds are aluminum troughs with volumes of 220 gallons. They are 2 x 2 x 8ft. We've been using them for a few years to ...
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Raised Bed Cover Crops - Zone 6

I have 4 new raised beds I built this year. They were filled quite deep with what was supposed to be pretty good soil (turns out I was duped, just like you read often online!) - it's largely all ...
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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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What's being raised on my wooden raised garden bed?

This has been on my wooden raised garden bed from long time(now almost 5-6 months) and all over it. Not sure what's it. I haven't seen any insects roaming around, none of my plants have any damage (...
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Raised garden in flood zone

Say that I have an area of my lawn (in northern Mississippi) where water tends to pool after a rainstorm (see photo below). This prevents me from effectively installing a traditional garden. Would it ...
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What plants won't do well in 12 inch raised bed

I built a 12 inch raised garden bed with weed tarp at the bottom. (See also Raised garden in flood zone) I put the weed tarp in to prevent grass and other weeds from coming up from the ground. This ...
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Sequoia needles as mulch or compost

I live in Portland, OR and I have a 100+ ft sequoia in my back yard. Keeping up with the falling needles/leaves is a year-round project. I've often wondered if they would make good compost. And ...
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Seeking help diagnosing leaf health, pictures attached

Newly transplanted plants both appear to have unhealthy leaves. Seeking help identifying and treating said problem. Help is appreciated ty!
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Can I trim my potato plants?

I have three rows of potato plants that are growing really well. I have another row of carrots in the same bed. The carrots have sprouted, but they are still small. The leaves of the potatoes in the ...
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Can I use the water from a stormwater ditch for vegetable irrigation?

I've got a ditch in my backyard that I believe was intended for stormwater drainage. It's about 2-3 feet deep so I imagine that there could be some percolation from the surrounding soil as well and ...
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Raised bed location

Does anyone know if placing a raised bed off a brick home in warm climate would do more damage than good to the plants? My landscaper warned against it because he believes the heat radiating off the ...
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Green (Undried) Cedar for raised bed framing?

I'm rebuilding a couple of sections of a raised bed that has rotted out. The sides and ends are essentially simple 2x4 frames, which I will build out of Western red cedar. I have a choice of using ...
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Ivy trimmings in the bottom of a raised planter

If I put English Ivy trimmings in the bottom of a raised planter will they grow back and invade it? I am talking roots as well as the above ground plants. The plan is to use them as filler underneath ...
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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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Why are my raised bed vegetable garden seedlings disappearing over night and how can I remedy it?

I have a wonderful raised veggie bed. This is the first year in 10 years that I've had a problem. I've planted kale, chili peppers, cilantro, and now cabbage. Everything has been eaten over night. ...
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How practical is a vertical garden?

My wife and I are learning to grow vegetables. Because she has a bad back, we need to elevate as much as we can, so this is what we have right now: Thinking ahead to next year, I'm wondering whether ...
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Approach to dealing with sloping bed

The ground in front of my house slopes down fairly aggressively from right to left. This leaves an awkward sloping garden bed between my driveway, house, front steps, and sidewalk. See photo below. ...
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Can I train a Ground Cherry to climb a trellis or something else to get it off the ground?

I've grown Ground Cherries (aka Pineapple Tomatillo) for a few years now and it always produced a neat little plant that only took a little work to gather the ripened fruit from around its base. But ...
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Covering moss for a raised bed garden

I would like to put a raised garden about 2x8 feet 6 inches deep but the area is covered in thick moss. If I cover it with a pourous plastic sheeting under the garden dirt will the moss die? Is a ...
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How far away from tomatoes can I plant blackberries?

I'm a novice gardener. When researching various vegetables/fruit to plant, I keep finding commentary not to plant X crop where Y has grown. For a specific example, this article talking about how ...
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Beet plant - leaves turning yellow-brown

I have a beet plant that I grew from seeds. They started off great and healthy. In fact I plucked some leaves to use in a salad. After that some of the leaves are turning yellow and drying up. What ...
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Vegetable plants not growing after transplanting

I purchased zucchini, pepper, and tomato plants recently from a retail outlet. I brought it home and transplanted them to my raised bed. It has been two weeks and the plants don't seem to be growing ...
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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 at 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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Raised vegetable interior bed sides and paint?

I made a raised vegetable bed (using pine boards) like the one in the link: I painted the interior with a white external house paint to protect the wood. I painted the outside with an exterior stain. ...
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How much should I worry about these moldy-looking growths?

I have a raised garden bed that has started to show what looks like mold or moss on the soil: This website seems to think it's harmless, while this one disagrees. And then there's the green stuff. ...
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How and when to harvest potatoes grown in an unorthodox bed?

We tried our hand at growing some potatoes this summer and I'm still hopeful we have a decent yield. We took too much advice from a lot of conflicting sources and didn't really grow them the right&...
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Replacing drip pipe in raised bed

I have a half inch drip pipe in my raised bed that I use to connect emitters to for watering my vegetables. The pipe has worn off and I need to replace it. The attached picture shows the connection. ...
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How to remove High Performance Bedding (HPB) from the bottom of my raised garden bed without disturbing the surrounding interlocking?

I recently got my backyard interlocked and had a stone garden wall installed (6 feet long, 3 feet wide and 15 inches tall). The garden wall is surrounded by interlocking on 3 sides and a wall on the ...
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How to grow potatoes vertically in stacked beds?

Growing potatoes for the first time, and I'm afraid I've received so much contradictory information for various peoples and sources that I may have "frankensteined" (stitched) together a ...
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Mushrooms in raised beds

Well, as title says.. a few questions about mushrooms and veggies: I have several raised beds with different vegetables. Raised beds are made from heat treated wood pallets and on top of them I've ...
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Watering raised bed in southern California

I have a 2'x10' raised garden bed and I have planted tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumber, and herbs. I'm in zone 10 (southern California) and the garden gets at least 6 hours of direct sun. I do not ...
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Should I still add mulch on top of my garden bed when the soil already has mulch mixed in?

I filled my raised garden bed with Kellogg's raised bed and potting mix and have planted my vegetables (plants, not seeds). I've read that it's best to add a layer of mulch on top but this brand of ...
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What are these pests? Harmful? How to get rid of?

I recently decided to have a vegetable and herb garden and put in raised planters along my house. Two of the 4 raised gardens have a TON of these tiny pests in the soil. Interestingly enough they don’...
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Tomato plant stem and leaves turning dark green/black with yellow circles

I have a few tomato plants where the tops of the leaves and stems are turning dark green/grey. Additionally, yellow circles are appearing on the leaves. These were recently transplanted from indoor ...
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Building a raised garden on uneven concrete?

I'm new to gardening but would like to get a raised bed started in my NYC backyard. My plans are to build a 2x8 raised bed. I have a spot picked out but I am worried about drainage problems as the ...
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Beans and Onions Stopped Growing

I'm a new gardener who decided to try raised bed gardening this year due to living in South Eastern North Carolina where's there's a lot of sandy soil. I followed some advice on companion planting ...
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Why did my tomato plant stop growing after transplanting?

I started with a few tomato seeds indoors in 1"x1" pods. Once the seeds germinated and the seedling was a good 2" tall, I transplanted these to 4" pots. From there, after it was about 6" tall, I ...
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How can I add moss edging around my raised beds?

It’s hard to mow around them so I want to add moss about a foot around each so I don’t have to mow close to them. I’ve been trying to research the best mosses for this but have been having a hard time ...
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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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Hügelkultur mistake! Accidentally used some black walnut logs

I have had good luck in the past burying logs to create a Hügelkultur for my garden. This year I decided to build some raised beds and lined the bottom of the beds with logs to get the advantages of ...
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To Line or Not To Line a raised bed's perimeter?

Novice gardeners here. Already feeling overwhelmed. So, I'm taking over hubby's raised bed. It gave us tomatoes over 3 years ago, since then its been sadly neglected. He lined the inside walls with ...
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Herb garden without direct sun. Which herbs can I grow? (incl. image)

What I would like to do I would like to create a little herb garden in a raised bed underneath the stairs which are seen in the image (shot in the evening). As there won't be any direct sun to this ...
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How to prevent roots from digging through raised garden bed bottom

I am planning to build my first raised vegetable garden bed on my front yard. However, since my septic drain field is located under that yard, I don't want The roots of my garden bed to potentially ...
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How much extra soil do I need to buy to account for settling when prepping a garden bed?

I can calculate the volumes of the beds easily enough, but I assume that as I install the soil it will settle. In a raised vegetable garden bed I could just top it off next year. In a perennial bed, ...

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