Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening; Easy Does It!

April 16, 2010

Today’s article on raised bed garden techniques features a short video with me prepping the garden after summer crops had been harvested and just before fall garlic will go into the growing bed. Many new gardeners are confused when they hear the term “raised bed vegetable garden” so I hope that seeing a raised bed vegetable garden in action will help clear the confusion.

In the previous entry I described the “seasonal hunger gap” and included a couple of photos that show how far along my garden is early in the season. Much of the credit for getting a big jump on the growing season is due to the fall planting of crops such as garlic and leafy green vegetables, but the real key is that I use raised growing beds to manage and organize all of my gardening.

Today I’ll share a video filmed last fall that will demonstrate how quick and easy it is to prep an existing raised bed vegetable garden for planting. With a Radius digging fork and about twenty minutes of light lifting a forty by five foot existing raised vegetable bed can be worked and ready for seeding or to set out transplants!

That sure beats waiting around for the garden to dry out, wrestling with a tiller, shovels, and other equipment, and enables me to get in there and prep sections of the garden as needed without having to clear and till the entire plot all at once.

I can start gardening earlier in the spring, work around areas where biennials or perennials are still occupying the ground, eliminate soil compaction, and enjoy many other benefits that gardening in a raised bed make possible! And the only rule to keep in mind is that you never walk on top of your raised growing beds.

So check out the following video to see how easy it is to prepare a raised bed garden for growing fresh fruits and vegetables:

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  • Cameron

    Excellent video!!! I’ve never thought of raised beds as something without wooden sides!! I’ve learned tons from your site.


  • Cool blog… I found myself reading on… I am starting a veggie garden from nothing right now and I guess I need all the know-how I can get!

  • Joy

    Learned something new. I always thought there had to be something to contain the raised beds. Makes me wish I hadn’t drug those heavy cinder blocks to my back yard now. Ha ha.

    Just found your blog and really enjoy it. Keep up the good work and great advice.

  • val

    Thanks so much, ths is very helpful and we live on a budget, so all the tips you shared have given us some great ideas, and we look forward to more in the future
    thanks again

  • Carmen

    I have tomato plants in my raised bed garden, but I am finding that they are not getting enough sun. Can I transplant them into containers so that I can move them to a sunny spot on my deck or will that be too traumatic for them?

  • Kenny Point

    Carmen, it depends on what size the tomato plants are. The larger the plant the more susceptible it will be to suffer from transplanting shock. If it isn’t much more than a foot tall you should be able to transplant it. Keep as much of the root system intact as possible, plant it as deeply as you can in the container, prune any suckers, and keep it well watered until it recovers. Good luck!

  • Pete and Jan

    We’ve installed used railroad ties for many landscaping projects, primarily because they last almost forever without much deteriotion. Will they work for a raised vegatable garden? Or will the creosote leech into the growing soil and cause a problem?

  • Kenny Point

    I’ve seen mixed reports about the safety of using the railroad ties or even treated lumber. I guess I would play it safe and not use them but I have also seen some gardeners line their bed with plastic to help prevent any leaching. All in all, I’m just not a big fan of using anything to frame a raised vegetable bed with… it’s extra effort, extra expense, that I garden just fine without!

  • Cal

    I really have to tell you I have visited a lot of sites and I really enjoy yours the best. Its always a wealth of knowledge and easy for a ‘newbie’ to comprehend. I am working hard in the growing economic “rough” times to be more self reliant and I have learned so much from your articles and videos. I wanted to stop and take the time to let you know that your efforts are greatly appreciated. Please keep up the good work. One of my new projects is going to be hydroponics. If you have any thoughts on the matter please let me know.

  • Kenny Point

    Hi Cal, thanks for stopping by, watching my raised bed vegetable gardening video, and for leaving your comment.

  • Yein

    Hi Kenny.

    Appreciate you taking the time to blog about gardening. I am a fairly new gardener and am almost getting discouraged as I don’t think I have a clue on how to garden!. The way you do your raised bed is very interesting to me. Do you have an article of how you build your raised bed from scratch? What do you do to prevent weeds/grass from coming through? Also how to you do weed control?

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