Make a simple raised bed (Google / The Oregonian)

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Make a simple raised bed

In vegetable gardening, time and temperatures are key. Both the air and soil must be warm enough to get a garden on its way. Investing in a soil thermometer is inexpensive and worthwhile if you’re serious about vegetable gardening. You can speed up the process: Raised beds help soil warm up faster in spring, allowing earlier planting and an extended growing season. Here’s an idea for a simple raised bed that we’ve seen produce prodigious amounts of vegetables. This bed can reach 80 degrees as early as mid-April if covered with black plastic during the winter. It will enable you to plant heat-lovers such as tomatoes and eggplant sooner. Continue reading Make a simple raised bed (Google / The Oregonian)

Building Your Own Raised Bed Garden (Google / Gardening Tips and Info)

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10 Good Reasons for Building Your Own Raised Bed Garden

10 Good Reasons for Building Your Own Raised Bed Garden Posted in October 27th, 2008 Category:Elder Care In the last article, you learned about the benefits that your garden receives with raised bed gardening. As many as there were, there are also benefits for yourself when you use raised bed gardening. The Advantages for You First off, the garden will be closer to you when you decide to water it or fix it in

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Creating A Productive Organic Garden With Difficult Soils (Google / 1stoporganicgardening)

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Creating A Productive Organic Garden With Difficult Soils

Here’s a photo of an area of our organic garden that we haven’t used previously. We have terrible soil and have had to bring in soil and build raised beds to have any success with growing our organic veggies. Our soil is non-wetting, sandy soil. In fact it’s just like beach sand, without the shells. The water doesn’t penetrate into the soil. It just pools together and runs off, without going in at all!!!! But there are ways around difficult soils. Raised beds are one way – especially if poor drainage is your issue.

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As you can see in the photo above, we’ve dug a trench along the fence line where we’re going to plant tomatoes, capsicum and basil. We’re filling the trench with a mix of organic soil and organic compost – both available from a local landscape supply company. This way the plants will get the moisture they need, as well as nutrients from the good soil. Of course we’ll be adding organic fertilizers as our veggies are growing. This is really important for plants growing in sandy soils as many nutrients are leached out of sandy soils when it rains or you irrigate. Continue reading Creating A Productive Organic Garden With Difficult Soils (Google / 1stoporganicgardening)

Vegetable Garden Guide (L. IRELAND)

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Vegetable Garden Guide

Install Raised Beds And Grow More Veg For Little Effort

If your site is wet, stoney or you dislike weeding and digging – these two swung it for me :0), then installing raised beds is a must. Raised beds are now very popular and discerning veg growers love ’em. They can be built quickly and cheaply without needing much skill.

By installing raised beds:
*    you will increase the crops you harvest for a given area

*    you will raise crops with less time and effort

Box shaped raised beds are neater to look at and trellises can be erected by attaching them to the wooden sides. This creates a nice vertical growing space for beans and squashes. Most raised beds are just bottomless boxes. Simply nail the ends of the boards together, but screwing 2-by-2’s to the inside corners will make the box stronger. I find that raised beds are easier to maintain and they promote better plant growth because they`re not being walked on. Walking on the soil causes compaction which creates problems with drainage and oxygen availability to the vegetables roots. Continue reading Vegetable Garden Guide (L. IRELAND)

An Introduction to Raised Bed Gardening (Google / The Vegetable Patch)

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An Introduction to Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a way of growing plants inside beds that are raised up above the normal level of the soil in the garden. They’re typically housed inside a wooden frame, generally rectangular. The soil may be mixed in with tilled soil underneath, or it can simply be new soil placed on top of untilled ground.

There are many great benefits to growing plants in raised beds. One of the biggest benefits is the ability to harvest more produce from the same space. Raised bed gardens can actually double or even triple the amount of produce harvested from the space! This is due to the fact that the square footage needed for pathways is reduced considerably, and more space can be devoted to the plants.

Another great benefit to growing in raised beds is the fact that you can improve your soil conditions more readily, and you can even grow plants in areas with extremely inhospitable soil. If your garden is typically very sandy or you have a lot of clay, it can be difficult to grow much in it. But if you create a raised bed, you can simply put your own purchased or created soil mix into the frame and grow your plants in that. Continue reading An Introduction to Raised Bed Gardening (Google / The Vegetable Patch)

Unconventional and Conventional Urban Planting (Google / Weburbanist)

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5 Different Types of Gardening: Unconventional and Conventional Urban Planting

Written by Urbanist on July 9th, 2008 / Many nice pictures !

There’s no doubt that growing plants is a rewarding way to beautify our indoor and outdoor spaces, and gardening is increasing more in popularity with each year that passes. While you may associate gardening mostly with standard residential or commercial landscaping, there are actually many different types of gardening that encompass various styles, techniques, locations and types of plants. Here are 5 different types of gardening that illustrate how varied this age-old pastime really is.

Container Gardening

Gardening in containers rather than the open ground opens up a whole new world of growing plants, allowing the gardener to bring plants inside during the cold season and use all sorts of vessels to contain them. With containers, even gardeners living in urban apartments can grow food, herbs, flowers and foliage in sunny windows or on balconies and rooftops. Container gardening eliminates the problems of weeds, most soil-borne diseases and gives the gardener ultimate control over moisture, sunlight and temperature.

Container gardening provides the perfect opportunity to recycle used household and industrial items that may otherwise have ended up in a landfill, from an old boot to a porcelain pitcher or even a bathtub.

Containers of plants can be grown indoors, outdoors, in conservatories or greenhouses. They can stand alone or be arranged in groups to provide maximum aesthetic appeal, varying the height, color and texture of the plants as well as that of the containers to achieve visual balance.

Raised Bed Gardening

Like container gardening, raised bed gardening allows the gardener to have total control over the soil being used to grow plants. Since raised beds are actually freestanding structures, typically made of wood, stone or concrete, the quality of the soil beneath them doesn’t have an effect on the results. Raised beds allow gardeners to grow a variety of ornamental, edible and medicinal plants on top of even the most barren surfaces, from rock-hard clay to concrete slabs. They also provide better drainage, keep the soil warmer and require less maintenance than traditional gardens.

Raised beds are often made of planks of wood screwed or nailed together in sizes typically ranging from 3’ x 8’ to 5’ x 20’. Leaving the width of the bed relatively small enables the gardener to reach inside to care for plants, preventing the need to step on and compact the soil. Beds are usually 8 inches to 3 feet in height, depending on the needs of the plants being grown. Raised bed gardens are filled with good quality soil mixed with compost and rotted manure.

Raised beds are especially well suited for disabled or elderly gardeners, since they can be built high enough for one to remain seated comfortably while gardening, eliminating strain on the joints and spine.

Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening brings the beauty of nature inside, all year long. Many people grow houseplants for the visual benefits, but they also act to purify the air, drawing in airborne pollutants as part of the photosynthetic process. Houseplants can significantly improve air quality, especially in newer buildings that are completely airtight.

Common houseplants that help purify the air include English ivy, spider plant, golden pothos, peace lily, Chinese evergreen, bamboo or reed palm, snake plant, heartleaf philodendron, dracaena and weeping fig.

Caring for houseplants is easy even for the most inexperienced of gardeners. The plants rarely require much more than the recommended levels of sunlight and water.

Water Gardening

Water gardens can be made up of any vessel that contains water – from a pond or half-barrel to a an old bathtub or watertight planter.

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Community Gardening

Community gardens are public spaces where you can typically rent a plot of land to plant ornamental, edible and medicinal plants as you like. Not only do community gardens provide access to fresh produce, they beautify neighborhoods, give a sense of community and connection to the environment. Some community gardens are tended communally, allowing everyone who helps out in the garden to have a share of its bounty.

These gardens help bring food production back to the individual, regardless of personal access to land for growing plants. Community gardens aren’t just for growing fruit and vegetables, though. Many community gardens are made up of native plants, herb and butterfly gardens and/or purely ornamental plants, often as a setting for sculptures and other art displays.

There are an estimated 18,000 community gardens in the United States and Canada. If you don’t have one near you and would like to start one, CommunityGarden.org is a great place to start.

Raising gardening to a new level (Google / Reporter News)

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Raising gardening to a new level

By Mattia Bray
Special to the Reporter-News
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Growing and harvesting vegetables just got easier thanks to ingenious ideas from two gardening buddies. Abilene neighbors Raymond Rice and Charles Reed have devised raised beds on their properties, ideal for producing quality, homegrown vegetables. Both experienced gardeners, the friends had always gardened the old-fashioned way by planting directly into the ground. After years of fighting weeds and watering excessively, they put their heads together last winter to draw up plans for something different — a new type of raised garden bed. Neither had seen raised beds in Abilene residential gardens, so they decided to put a different spin on the typical “above the ground” garden.

Making a plan Continue reading Raising gardening to a new level (Google / Reporter News)

Ideas for getting kids interested in gardening (Google / Rocky Mountain News)

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Helping kids’ interest in gardening grow

By Jennifer Forker, Associated Press
Thursday, June 5, 2008

The National Gardening Association has lots of ideas for getting kids interested in gardening at its Web site, kidsgardening.org. The site’s editor, Barbara Richardson, dug up these helpful tips:

* Since kids are prone to instant gratification, start with a flat of annual flowers. The rewards are immediate.

* Gravitate toward unusual plants, such as pink potatoes, orange cauliflower or purple beans. Or focus on edible flowers and herbs, such as nasturtium and basil, and fragrant plants, such as lemon basil and orange thyme, to engage multiple senses.

* Kids, even older ones, like hiding places, so grow them one in the garden. Two ideas: Plant tall-growing (such as Mammoth) sunflower seeds in a circle, leaving a space for a “door” that kids can crawl through once the flowers have grown 10 feet high.

Or build a simple tepee out of fallen tree branches or long gardening stakes, and plant bean seeds around the outside.

Beans grow fast, and soon the children will have a secret hiding space.

* A birdbath or, better yet, a small, shallow pond, will encourage critters, such as frogs, to enter your garden, which in turn might draw your children out there, too. Continue reading Ideas for getting kids interested in gardening (Google / Rocky Mountain News)

A tip for raised bed gardening (Google / The Compost Bin)

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Raised bed gardening

If you’re thinking about building raised beds for your vegetable garden, definitely go for it. Plants do better in deep soil and as long as you don’t walk in the beds, you’ll also avoid soil compaction. Now what root wouldn’t want to grow in nice loose, deep soil? If I was a root, I’d tell all my root friends, “Hey come on guys, nice deep, loose soil over here, let’s go!” But this weekend, I had my first bad experience with raised beds. You see there was a root invasion from trees that were pretty far away. The closest trees to my vegetable garden are at least 30 feet away but I guess that’s just a short hop for tree roots. It’s almost as if one of these roots said to all his buddies, “Hey come on guys, nice deep, loose soil over here, let’s go!” So on Sunday, I was planning on planting some more salad greens but wound up spending the afternoon digging and pulling roots out of my beds. I always wondered why Mel Bartholomew in the book Square Foot Gardening advised to build a bottom to raised beds. At the time, I was like, why build a bottom, what is this guy crazy? I want earth worms to tunnel up from underneath my garden beds and munch on all that compost that I loaded in there. More like Square Foot Craziness, no bottoms on my raised beds.

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Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada ~ Sparks (Google / Sleepy Cat Hollow)

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Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada ~ Sparks

Posted by sleepycathollow on April 17, 2008

After just about killing ourselves over those bloody junipers and planting the lilac and weeping cherry, I’ve turned my sights to the back yard and making my raised vegetable beds! In the very back of Sunset’s WESTERN LANDSCAPING BOOK, pages 404-405, in the Materials and Techniques chapter, there is a section on Building A Raised Bed. Raising your garden above the ground can solve some of the most frustrating problems gardeners face. An easy-to-build bed makes it possible for plants to thrive where soil is poor, wildlife is hungry, or the growing season is short. And if you need easy access to your plants – due to a disability or simply to eliminate back-bending labor – you can sit on the edge of the bed and garden in comfort. Fill the bed with the best soil you can. Good soil means that plants can be placed closer together, making a small area more productive. Line the bottom of the bed with wire screening to keep out pests, or fit it with a PVC framework for bird netting.
Continue reading Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada ~ Sparks (Google / Sleepy Cat Hollow)