Discover the Most Practical, Foolproof Way to Grow More in Less Space
Raised bed gardening is the best option for those who want to grow a vegetable garden but are limited on space, as the yields are typically higher than flat ground gardens. Similarly, if your soil is not suitable for growing, adding quality soil into a raised bed garden provides a more economical solution. This is because you only add soil to the contained raised beds, rather than the whole area, including your pathways between plants. Overall, this form of gardening is the perfect choice for anyone that wishes to grow more in less space.
Raised Bed Gardening explains the basics of growing a bounty of edibles in a minimal amount of space, including step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions on building your own raised bed, choosing suitable location for your raised bed, choosing the idea height of beds based on the kinds of vegetables you want to grow and preparing good quality soil. In this guidebook, you will discover how easy it is to grow a home garden in the smallest growing spaces – growing a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
This definitive guide provides you with detailed information on the kinds of materials you can use to construct your raised beds, size requirement, height suggestions and creative tips and tricks for setting up your garden in small spaces. With this guide, you will find out that raised beds make gardening easier, providing you with higher yields and less work.
Raised Bed Gardening shows you how much more you can grow and how much time you can save by using raised beds, including expert advice for:
- Cost-effective gardening solutions
- The best soil mix for a raised bed
- Watering strategies for best result
- Crop rotation and planting tips
- Better pest and weed control
- Harvesting and storing your produce the right way
This essential guide will answer all your questions as well as put you on the path to an abundant harvest!
The information in this book seems to be all 2nd hand – as if taken from various other books, rather than personal experience. Topics are touched on, but lack any details. As a raised-bed gardener myself, I found Jaime Neil’s Raised Bed Gardening book disappointing.
- The hobby of organic gardening requires both a green thumb and a great deal of patience. The aim is to grow food for the family that is both healthy and free of chemicals and pesticides. Easier than it sounds though, correct? Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.Be sure to test your soil before you plant your garden, if you want to be successful without the need for chemicals. A home testing kit can tell you the pH of your soil, which indicates the likelihood of plant survival. A vegetable garden requires a pH of about 6.5; if your soil is off, you can supplement before your plants start to die.Use companion plants. Companion planting is the pairing of plants within your vegetable garden, such as planting cabbage with tomatoes. Companion planting helps reduce the problems with insect pests, as it attracts natural pest-controlling wildlife. Companion planting is also a better use of the space in your garden, since you basically have two plants in the same plot.Grow your own organic tomatoes easily. Tomatoes love light, so choose a spot that gets sun all day long. Allow space between your tomato plants to reduce the chance of soil diseases that will affect your crop. If you buy seedlings instead of sprouting your own, stay away from small seedlings with poorly developed root systems; they will take weeks to show any real growth.Install a fan to blow on your seeds. Make sure your fan is turned on a very low setting. This light touch will help your plants grow stronger. You can also stroke your plants very lightly with your hand or a piece of paper for a few hours to get the same effect.Learn to water your garden efficiently. A soaker hose can be laid in the garden and left on with low water pressure. This frees you up from having to hand-water the plants, so you can do other gardening work. Take care with seedlings, though — they are still delicate and need to be watered by hand.Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. Your plants will thrive from the nitrogen contained in the grounds. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.Know the benefits of composting. Composting is one of the best things you can do for your organic garden. Composting improves moisture levels, promotes fertility, and stimulates plant roots. You can start your own composting at home, and reduce your household waste, as well as get free food for your garden.The hobby of organic gardening requires patience and effort, with a little help from Mother Nature. This is a great hobby that uses your land to grow food. If you follow these tips and put in a great effort, there is nothing stopping you from becoming a good organic gardener.
- A lot of people who garden tend to stay away from the organic stuff because they’re afraid that bugs and disease will plague their crops. Relax. It’s not 1460 anymore. You simply do not need those added substances to make your garden grow vibrant and safely. Take a few minutes to read these organic gardening tips and find out how to grow plants naturally.Coffee grounds and leftover coffee can be used to repel slugs. If you have an issue with slugs in your garden, you can repel them effectively with coffee. You can sprinkle coffee grounds on the soil around your plants or use leftover coffee in a spray bottle to spray the slugs directly.It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Take your spade and work up a thin layer of soil. Turn that soil over, then spread a few inches of wood chips on the newly turned area. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.Embrace earthworms in the organic garden! Earthworms are an organic gardener’s best friend. Through tunneling and their nitrogen-rich castings, they can help to aerate the soil. This improves the amount of oxygen that gets to a plant’s roots, improves water retention capacity, and keeps the soil loose and workable. They actually raise much-needed minerals from the garden’s subsoil to the topsoil, where plants can get the greatest benefit. These worms also break up hardpan soil, which is detrimental to root growth.Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. You will be able to go in and out without having to keep taking your shoes on and off.If you have a compost pile, but have very few leaves to add to it this fall, try incorporating straw or hay into your compost pile. This is a great way to add carbon which is very beneficial to the growth and health of plants. The straw and hay may contain seeds, so it is best to use an organic weed spray on your compost pile to get rid of the unwanted weeds.Regulate how often you revitalize your soil based on your planting season. During a very long season it might require you to fertilize the ground more than once. It’s important to give your plants the proper nutrients to grow, and remember that as plants grow the nutrients within the soil slowly diminish. Having the correct amount at the correct time will promote your harvest to grow to its maximal size.By adding a nice layer of bio-degradable material (mulch) around your plants, you can utilize the natural pest-fighting ability within the mulch to stop predators to your plants. By putting a one to two inch layer around your plants, you are also adding a source of nutrients and a source of water.Now as you can plainly see from the tips above, you will not need those added substances to assist in growing any type of plant, whether it’s a flower or a tomato. All you need is the right knowledge to ensure that your plants are getting what they need to grow strong and healthy.