Building a Raised Garden Bed

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I made a raised garden bed last week. I was so delighted with it and it was so easy I want to share it with you. To make the three foot square raised bed pictured you need four pieces of 2 X 6 lumber, each cut three feet long. Make the corners (pictured) with six inch raised bed corners (item 36-653) from Gardener’s Supply Company. Then cover the bed to keep out insect pests with insect netting (PKN6932) from A.M. Leonard Horticultural Tool and Supply¬† Company. You can find cheaper netting but you won’t be able to see through it. I like looking at my growing plants. I used 1/2 inch PVC pipe to support the netting.

Finally you need a soil mix to fill it. In the book All New Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartholomew suggests a mix of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 blended compost. He suggests getting several different kinds of compost and blending them for a better nutrient mix.

There you have it. Not hard and you can grow lettuce, kale, carrots, tomatoes–anything you wish to grow. Place your bed near a hose or a sprinkler so you can easily keep it watered.

Gardening is a wonderful hobby. Experiment with this and start with one or two vegetables. Let me know your successes, or any questions. Happy Growing!

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Crystal · September 28, 2019 at 6:57 am

Fun post! I love learning about you through your wide variety of topics you discuss!

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