Questions tagged [raised-beds]

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

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Do we need to replace mulch with soil?

I am planning on planting vegetables and the old bed has decayed mulch which looks reddish and grounded. Do I need to dig out a few inches of this and replace it with soil? Is there a way to find out ...
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What are the best materials to use to build raised garden beds on my roof?

A part of my house (about 30ft x 15ft) has a flat roof and is south facing, perfect for building a little rooftop garden. Obviously, unlike other raised beds, the actual bottom of the bed will need to ...
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Starting garden over sod

We just moved into a new rental and have permission from our landlord to start a garden. Our yard has a great southern exposure, is very flat, and we're in Seattle. I've never started a garden ...
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How to protect young plants against frost?

In a 6b zone I have to grow some annual and perennial flowers by the end of May, meaning that they must be flowering by then. I have tried to make a rehearsal of some sorts, but we had freezing ...
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How should I care for newly planted cauliflower and broccoli plants?

I am in USDA hardiness zone 9b, and just planted store bought cauliflower and broccoli. This is the first time I am growing these (6 of each) in a raised bed and have no clue how to care for them for ...
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What is the useful life of a kale plant?

I have a few kales growing in my raised bed and it keeps producing leaves and I keep consuming them. Do I keep doing this or is there a point where you would remove the plant and put a new seedling? ...
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Planting non organically grown plants in organic garden

I have some raised beds that I use for vegetable gardening. I don't put any fertilizers or pesticides and I grow all vegetables from seeds. Lately I have been thinking of purchasing young vegetable ...
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What vegetables should I grow in my raised beds in winter in Zone 9b?

I am in Zone 9b and have 3 raised beds that I want to use during the winter season to produce something rather than leaving them idle (let me know if that is a good thing). Should I grow vegetables ...
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How can I grow ginger in my backyard?

I have never grown ginger and want to try to in my raised beds in my backyard. I don't have ginger seeds to grow from but can I cut sections of ginger I buy from the store and grow it? Any other ...
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Does compost replace fertilizer?

I make compost in my backyard. I also buy fertilizers for vegetable and fruit plants from the big box stores. My question is really when to use compost vs. fertilizer? Can I eliminate the use of ...
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How do I get rid of aphids on kale?

I have some kale growing in my raised bed which are getting infested with aphids. How do I get rid of those and secondly, are the kale leaves still edible (after cleaning them in hot water)?
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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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How do I add height to an existing asparagus bed?

A month or two ago I planted (1-year old) asparagus in a 6" high raised bed. Now we want to raise it to 30", or more, (easier for my mum to pick). Would it be a problem? How best to go about it?
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Why are my green bell peppers turning brown?

For some reason my bell peppers are turning brown before full maturity. How do I avoid this?
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Why shouldn't you use these woods when building a hugelkultur?

Someone asked a question on what woods not to use, so I'm wondering why you shouldn't use these wood types when building a hugelkultur (raised bed used to either conserve water, or increase surface ...
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Why are my jalapeño peppers turning black?

I have a healthy jalapeño pepper plant but noticed that the peppers have a black patch on them. What could be the reason for that?
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Can compost be used as mulch?

I have vegetables growing in raised beds. In response to another question I posted, someone recommended adding mulch. Can I use home made compost as mulch or would I need something purchased from a ...
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What are these abnormal tomatoes on my tomato plant?

I have a few tomato plants growing in a raised bed. I grew them from seeds. For some reason a few of the tomatoes don't look normal (see pictures). Also the size of the fruit is much smaller than I ...
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Cucumbers not producing

I have 3 cucumber plants that I started indoors from seeds. They were all off to a great start but after producing 1-2 cucumbers I noticed the don't look as healthy and leaves have turned yellow. I ...
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Guiding zucchini growth off edge of raised bed

I have a 4' by 8' raised bed that I tend to overfill. :) I have two zucchini plants that are growing very nicely. To prevent them from covering other plants in the bed, I was thinking of guiding ...
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Does a cucumber plant only produce one cucumber at a time

I am growing a few cucumber plants in a raised bed. I find that each plant produces a number of flowers and only one of the flowers turns into a cucumber and the rest of them dry up/wither. After I ...
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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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Best way to grow and tend to Cucumber plants

I have a few cucumber plants growing in my raised bed. Instead of training them and providing a vertical trellis, I am allowing the cucumber to grow horizontally in the soil. Is that a fine approach ...
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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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At what point does kale stop producing?

I have some kale that I planted in a raised bed. It is growing well and I take out leaves as and when I need it. Of course, it keeps growing new leaves. My question is at what point will the kale ...
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Fixing drips that are no longer working

I have a rainbird drip system for my raised vegetable bed. Some of the drips are blocking the water to go through to the plant (seems like it is blocked). I replaced the drip and now water goes ...
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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

We just moved into a home that had three existing garden beds. We're using them for vegetables. Next year I was thinking of building a new and smaller bed to use for herbs. I saw a video from Lowe'...
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Organic mulch for raised bed

I have 3 raised beds in my backyard where I am growing vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, etc). Right now, I don't have any mulch covering the soil but am thinking that would be a good thing to do ...
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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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Help me decide in a location for my raised bed garden

I'm building a 6x3 raised bed in my brooklyn ny backyard however, i wanted to know if i set it up at the left side it would be half under a mulberry/blackberry tree and the right side it would be in ...
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What's the best time to harvest Black Beauty zucchinis?

I am growing zucchinis in a raised bed and am wondering the timing for harvesting the zucchini. In prior years, I had zucchinis of many sizes and shapes (will try to dig up the photo and post). ...
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Cleaning homegrown vegetables prior to consumption

I grow vegetables and fruit in my backyard. Everything is grown organically so I don't have any concerns with pesticide or chemicals on my edible fruits and vegetables. However, they do get exposed ...
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What is eating my kale leaves

Something has been nipping away at my kale leaves. These are growing in a raised bed and I don't see any snails around. I have also covered up the bed with a net to keep away squirrels to the extent I ...
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“Volunteer” tomato plant in my vegetable garden - good, bad, indifferent?

I grew tomatoes in my raised bed last year. At the end of the season I removed the plants since they had all dried up. This year, without planting seeds I have a couple of tomato plants that have ...
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Growing bunching onions from seeds

I have some bunching onion (green onion) seeds. I have been trying to grow them indoors in small 1x1 inch pods. I also tried to plant them directly outdoors in my raised bed. I had no success so far ...
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Best time to harvesting blue vates kale

I am growing kale and this is the first year. It is the blue vates variety. My question is when and how to harvest. Days to maturity is 65 days (and it has been 65 days since I started the seeds ...
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Carrots grown in my backyard look different

I just removed a carrot that I grew in my backyard. It is very different from the carrot you get in the supermarket. Wondering why the core is yellow instead of orange. The taste is not great either. ...
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Best way to deter pests (gophers, squirrels, rabbits) from my fruit and vegetable area [duplicate]

I have planted fruits trees and vegetables (raised beds) in my side yard. Every summer i have visitors (not sure which ones) in the form of gophers, squirrels, rabbits (maybe), mice (maybe) that eat ...
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Growing in barrel planters

I need some help. I set up two half barrel planters this spring, filled with nice bagged soil from Lowe's, but have had no luck growing plants from seed after about two months. I think my issues are ...
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Is it okay to grow root vegetables in soil enriched by manure?

I have a few raised beds where I grow vegetables every year (organically). Vegetables I grow include root vegetables (carrots, beets), leafy (kale, lettuce), tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Every ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

My fiancee and I just bought our first home and I'd like to start my journey of vegetable gardening. The previous homeowners have 3 raised beds on the South side of the house. We haven't moved in ...
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Recommendations for Composting Bin

I want to start composting my yard and kitchen waste and use the compost to fertilize vegetables in my raised bed and some fruit trees I have. Right now I am not doing composting. My options are do ...
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What should go under a raised bed that is on top of tilled dirt?

I am making some raised beds for my garden. What would be best to lay at the bottom? Would newspaper, rocks, stuff of that sort work the best? This will be put directly onto tilled dirt.
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Life of steer manure

I bought some steer manure from Home Depot last year. It came in bags. I was not able to use it last year and the bags are unopened so am wondering if I can use it this year. I stored it outdoors and ...
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Raised bed on concrete that is sloping the wrong way and thus there will be a drainage problem

I am planning on putting raised beds on a concrete pad. However the concrete slab is sloped so the runoff will end up in the wrong area. Does anyone know how to put a bottom on a raised bed that ...
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Concerned about slow growth of my seedlings

I planted a number of vegetable seeds (zucchini, cucumber, peppers, kale, etc.) indoors in 1"x1" pods. They germinated quickly and well. Once the true leaves appeared, I moved them over to a 4"x4" ...
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Is 1' x 8' cedar thick enough for raised beds

I found some pretty reasonably priced 1x8 knotty cedar (.75" x 7.5" ), And I'm looking to make some raised beds using it and wondering If i brac it every 5 feet or so, if that will be think enough to ...
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Can I add soil to strawberries, creating a raised bed?

I'm moving into a new house that has a good sized strawberry patch on one of the corners of the lawn. I want to build a large raised bed for it and help it spread out more. If I build the border of ...
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Ground cover - maximizing value

I planted some fava beans a few months back as cover crop in my vegetable raised bed. They grew very well and as suggested my members of this group, I cut the top part and left the roots inside to ...
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What guidelines should I follow when planning out my garden?

I am planning out a vegetable garden that will have 3 large raised boxes. I have made a list of what I want to grow. How do I figure out a good location for each type of vegetable? My list includes: ...