The Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

How to Build and Tend Your Own Raised Bed Garden

Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens with Trellises to Maximize Space

Do you have a vision of a tidy, beautiful raised bed vegetable garden, spilling over with dark ripe tomatoes, crispy romaine lettuce and crunchy sweet carrots?

Everything you need to know to make this vision happen can be found here. There is a photo gallery, kits, corners and DIY instructions for building and growing your own vegetables in a raised bed garden.

There are advantages AND disadvantages to growing vegetables in raised beds. Weigh them carefully to make sure the method you choose fits your ultimate goals.

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The Two Main Types of Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
  • Framed by a box made of cedar, redwood, stone, concrete block or other durable, non-toxic material. This box is filled with potting soil, usually a blend of commercial composts, vermiculite and/or perlite. The gallery below features 9 framed raised bed designs.
  • Double-dug, also known as French intensive. In this type of raised bed garden the natural native soil is loosened about 18” deep and blended with natural compost. The aeration and compost raises the bed 12-18” above the surrounding paths. The article "French Intensive Raised Bed Garden" below shows how to create one.

Raised Bed Garden Kits
The fastest way to get up and growing is with a raised bed garden kit. Just open the box, assemble, fill with potting mix, and plant! Available in many different designs, raised bed garden kits also come in different sizes and depths to fit your needs. This article is a side-by-side comparison of the best.

Raised Bed Corner Brackets
If you want to use local lumber but don’t have much in the way of tools, you can buy pre-made corners to join your lumber together. This is less expensive than buying kits, and allows you to make your raised bed garden any width or length. All you need is a screwdriver!

Raised Strawberry Bed
Everyone loves raised beds, and everyone loves strawberries. A raised strawberry bed combines the best of both worlds.

Raised Bed Construction
No matter what design of raised bed garden you choose to build, observe these construction details which hold true for all raised bed construction. By following these simple do's and don'ts you can build a custom raised bed any width and length you choose, out of 2x6s, 2x8s, 4x4s, 4x6s or any other sturdy lumber.

Raised Bed Garden Designs: Photo Gallery
This is a photo gallery featuring 9 different raised bed garden designs. The close-up photographs of the corner details should make it easy for those who are even a little handy to duplicate the construction. Make the dimensions fit your taste or space.

French Intensive Raised Bed Garden (Double Dug)
There is another type of raised bed, too: one with no frame at all! It costs nothing for building materials or imported potting soil, honors and supports natural soil ecology, and is sustainable indefinitely. You can watch a You Tube video showing how to use the method, if you would like to compare it with framed raised beds.



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