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

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Left a builder's bag of soil outside for a while, now it won't unclump

I had a builder's bag of garden soil (this stuff) delivered and plopped down in my driveway. I was unfortunately called away for work for a short while, so I had to leave it in place there and ...
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Can you put a plastic barrier under planks in a raised bed?

Can you put plastic or fabric under planks in a raised bed to slow rotting of wood?
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In North Carolina, looking for tips to plant now for raised beds

I just purchased two raised cedar beds to replace some crummy plastic ones that we didn't like. What are some flowers and vegetables that I can plant as early as March?
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How far apart do tomato plantings need to be next year for crop rotation?

Instead of cramming all my tomatoes in one bed, and rotating which bed is the tomato bed each year, I like to spread them around the garden. This means disease won't spread as easily if it does take ...
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Planted my super sonic tomatoes too close, am I screwed?

So I started a garden this spring (late May) and got 6 super sonic tomato seedlings among a few other vegetables. Due to financial constraints, I wasn’t able to buy a huge raised bed, just a 67"L ...
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Is it a bad idea to use leftover cali bamboo flooring for a garden bed?

It's this stuff: https://www.calibamboo.com/product-mocha-fossilized-eucalyptus-flooring-7008002401.html I figure it's low VOC, will look decent, and I've already got it, so why not? Or am I ...
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Wisteria's trunk covered with soil

I have built a raised bed around the wisteria and planning to fill it up with soil, but before I burry wisteria's trunk I just wanted to check if it'll cause any issues. I've seen some posts with ...
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Why is my raised bed soil white under the surface, and why aren't plants growing well?

The soil in my raised bed is white and brown right under the surface. Is this a beneficial fungus? I've added quite a bit of compost to the beds, and they are filled at the bottom with wood and wood ...
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Trumpet vine is not growing after 4 months

I purchased 4 Violet Trumpet Vine plants and planted them in a raised bed that I have built on the side of our garden shed. The problem is that none of them have grown at all within 4 months (since ...
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How can I keep my strawberries from rotting before they ripen?

This is the first year I've planted strawberries, and the majority of them rot before fully ripening. Specifically, the part of the berries that rots is whatever is in contact with the soil—the half ...
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Is it necessary to anchor a raised bed with posts in pilings?

Most YouTube videos of raised bed construction that I see, anchor the raised bed with posts into the ground. If I'm building a very large raised bed, something on the order of 12 feet (4 meters) long ...
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What is this fungus in my raised bed garden?

I live on the Gulf Coast. Torrential 1/2 hour rainfalls each day - dropping 2"-3" of rain, then sunny and 80-100% humidity, heat index 100-105F for past 2 weeks. Spores are beginning to ...
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Gardening in a shared space with different soil levels

So I got a spot dead center of 2 other gardeners in our building rooftop garden. I'm second from the left, the zone with all the perrenials from last year the someone forgot to clear. The problem I'm ...
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Small garden: Fully paved, Partial paved with grass or Full grass?

What is the value in a maintaining a little grass patch in a small garden? We're moving from a a rural area with a big garden to an town where every house we can afford has a small garden. The reason ...
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Plants that will thrive under LED grow lights and are also cat-friendly

I recently bought two grow lights to utilize a particular indoor growing space in my house where everything perfectly fits. The only trouble is that I'm now discovering that the plethora of things I ...
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Garden space in a basement with dirt space

My house was built in 1952 and the basement was dug out from under the house at a later date. The way they did this left a perfectly sized (approximately 12"x40", about 4' from the floor) ...
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How should I 'close out' a garden bed before moving?

I am moving out of a rental in zone 6 of eastern USA where I built two small garden beds using thin cedar wood in an urban yard. The landlord is okay with the beds staying there or going with me, but ...
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Organic bottom for an elevated garden bed

I am about to build my first elevated bed out of untreated cedar. My goal is to keep it as toxin-free and organic as possible. I need it to drain properly as well. On the very bottom, on top of the ...
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Factors to consider when choosing between Perlite and Vermiculite for improving drainage in raised beds?

My local community gardening organization gave me plans and instructions for constructing and filling a raised bed. They said to use half top soil and half compost, in layers. I foolishly did not ...
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De-weeding a raised bed

I build this raised bed about 4 months ago. The bottom of the bed is in contact with earth and judging by the length of the weeds the weeds might be growing all the way up and through from the ground. ...
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Keep adding, but never removing soil in a raised bed ...how is that possible?

All the advice seems to be to add a few inches of compost every fall to a raised bed, but no one mentions taking soil out; how can you just keep adding soil to a raised bed ...I mean surely it will ...
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Is it possible to use terracotta pots as wicking chambers for self-watering planter boxes?

I'd like to build a self-watering planter from wood made watertight with something like a rubber pond liner. This would be larger than just a self-watering pot, with dimensions around 2' by 4' and a ...
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Lump charcoal dust vegetable garden

I have a vegetable garden and I like to BBQ. I only use hardwood lump charcoal for BBQ. My question is that does it help my garden if I put the ash to my garden? Also, how about the charcoal dust at ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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