Create a user-friendly organic victory garden and save money at the grocery store. Raised bed vegetable gardens are great for small areas and are easy to maintain.
Why take the leap into vegetable gardening this year? Several things. First, with the tough economic times, it’s important to cut corners on high food prices whenever possible while still keeping high nutritional standards.
Try to grow expensive food items that you enjoy to make the best use of the space. Why not plant asparagus crowns? An asparagus garden will produce faithfully for 15 years!
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Secondly, organic vegetables are increasing in popularity. The jury is still out as to whether the nutritional value is any higher, but one thing is certain; pesticides won’t do the body any good. This is an opportunity to ensure first hand that organic farming principles are embraced, one household at a time.
Even Michelle Obama, the first lady, is getting in on the action with her White House kitchen garden located on the South Lawn.
In this article:
- But Why Raised Bed Gardening?
- Garden Bed Container Materials
- Designing the Raised Bed
- Construct the Raised Bed Garden
- 39+ Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Ideas
- 1. Small Vegetable Raised Bed
- 2. Water through garden bed
- 3. Trellis garden bed
- 4. U Shaped Garden Bed
- 5. Wooden raised bed a long the yard
- 6. Stone garden bed
- 7. U shaped garden bed
- 8. Checkerboard herb garden
- 9. DIY Pallet garden
- 10. Raised Beds with gravel between
- 11. Timber Raised Bed
- 12. Raised bed with 4×4 posts
- 13. Raised beds with cap
- 14. Raised Beds with benches
- 15. 6×6 timber raised beds
- 16. Raised Beds with PVC pipes
- 17. Raised Bed Cucumber Trellis
- 18. Build Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
- 19. Galvanized tubs
- 20. Wood log raised Bed
- 21. Raised Bed with amenities
- 22. Raised Bed assemble
- 23. Raised Garden Beds
- 24. How to build simple garden beds
- 25. Raised Bed with $10
- 26. Brick Raised Bed
- 27. No irrigation raised bed gardening system
- 28. Building a hugelkultur
- 29. Keyhole garden
- 30. DIY Raised herb planter
- 31. Sweet potatoes in raised bed
- 32. Raised Bed for under $50
- 33. Small Raised Beds for suburban garden
- 34. Raised Bed Kitchen Garden
- 35. Intensive gardening
- 36. Raised Bed Soaker System
- 37. Raised Garden Bed With Logs
- 38. Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start to Finish
- 39. DIY Cinder Block Raised Garden Bed
- 40. Stone Raised Beds
- 41. Gabion garden beds
- 42. Log raised beds
- 43. Bale of wheat raised beds
- 44. Wooden pallet
- 45. Pallet Raised Planter Bed
- 46. Raised Planter Stand
But Why Raised Bed Gardening?
First, it doesn’t take up much space. Raised beds are generally narrow enough to be worked on both sides. They can be configured according to available space. Secondly, maintenance is minimal. Since the gardening area is effectively separated from the surrounding yard, weeds are less of a problem.
Finally, since by definition the garden bed is raised, it’s easier for those with physical disabilities to take care of. The actual height is completely up to the urban or suburban farmer.
Garden Bed Container Materials
- The bed must be built so as to hold the soil in. The range of materials that can be used is wide indeed. Cedar boards are a good choice since they hold up well to the elements. Cedar also is reputed to be an insect repellent.
- Concrete blocks are popular. They’re affordable, durable, and heavy enough so that they don’t need to be secured down, making for an easy vegetable garden to construct. Downside? Concrete will raise the Ph of the soil over time and will need soil monitoring and adjustment periodically.
- Pine boards may be used. They are inexpensive and non-toxic, but will have to be replaced every two to three growing seasons.
- Any Internet search will find sites that suggest that landscape timbers may be used. The chemicals pressured into this type of lumber used to be highly toxic. Supposedly, the newer chemicals are non-toxic. But the bottom line is, why take a chance when there are so many other safer alternatives available?
- Old tires? Yes, a quick Google will find a few of these advocates, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid them for the same reasons as pressure treated wood.
Designing the Raised Bed
This really depends on the real estate available. It will need to be placed in a spot where the vegetable plants get enough light for the crops being grown. Then the configuration of the garden should be considered.
One option is a straight run, long and narrow. Since it will be worked from both sides, anywhere from 20” to 3′ wide is optimal.
Another option is a single or multiple square beds, which works well in an open area. This will allow the grower to walk between the individual beds while working them.
Construct the Raised Bed Garden
This is fairly straightforward. For wooden boxes, assemble them in place and stake the sides to strengthen against the pressure of the soil.
If using concrete blocks, simply place them in position. In areas with gopher problems, it’s beneficial to add wire mesh at the ground level.
Next line the bottom with 2 to 10 layers of newspaper. This will discourage any weeds from trying to germinate from below. Next fill within two inches of the top with the appropriate garden soil and amendments. The soil and soil amendments used is dependent upon location, crop type, weather, and many other factors.
Finally, use a quality, organic mulch on top to hold moisture in the soil. Raised beds tend to dry out faster than in-ground gardens.
39+ Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Ideas
1. Small Vegetable Raised Bed
2. Water through garden bed
3. Trellis garden bed
4. U Shaped Garden Bed
5. Wooden raised bed a long the yard
6. Stone garden bed
7. U shaped garden bed
8. Checkerboard herb garden
9. DIY Pallet garden
10. Raised Beds with gravel between
11. Timber Raised Bed
12. Raised bed with 4×4 posts
13. Raised beds with cap
14. Raised Beds with benches
15. 6×6 timber raised beds
16. Raised Beds with PVC pipes
17. Raised Bed Cucumber Trellis
18. Build Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
19. Galvanized tubs
20. Wood log raised Bed
21. Raised Bed with amenities
22. Raised Bed assemble
23. Raised Garden Beds
24. How to build simple garden beds
25. Raised Bed with $10
26. Brick Raised Bed
27. No irrigation raised bed gardening system
28. Building a hugelkultur
29. Keyhole garden
30. DIY Raised herb planter
31. Sweet potatoes in raised bed
32. Raised Bed for under $50
33. Small Raised Beds for suburban garden
34. Raised Bed Kitchen Garden
35. Intensive gardening
36. Raised Bed Soaker System
37. Raised Garden Bed With Logs
38. Hugelkultur Raised Garden Bed Start to Finish
39. DIY Cinder Block Raised Garden Bed
40. Stone Raised Beds
41. Gabion garden beds
More gabion garden ideas
42. Log raised beds
43. Bale of wheat raised beds