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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Raised Vegetable Beds

The weekend just passed is a long weekend in Canada - "Victoria Day" weekend - celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday.    It is also typically the biggest gardening weekend in these parts, and usually (not always) we are done with frost.  

Hubby built me another raised vegetable bed in our back yard this weekend (all from reclaimed free wood).  This will be the 3rd box, since I started my simple vegetable garden.   In the boxes I have growing, beans, peas, rhubarb, swiss chard, spinach, kale, radish,lettuce, tomatoes, spagetti squash, garlic and various herbs - such as oregano, lemon thyme, tarragon, parsley, cilantro, basil and dill.   Each year I try to rotate the vegetables so that the soil isn't robbed of it's nutrients. 

Some things I learned about raised vegetable beds:

1.  Easy and cheap to build when you use scrap wood.
2.  Easy to maintain.
3.  Not as much bending over as the beds are higher than regular beds
4.  Little weeds grow and if they do - it's easy to reach
5.  Dry out faster - so may require more watering.  
6.  Can start cool weather vegetables earlier as the ground in the raised beds warm up faster than the ground.

This year splurged on a soaker hose so I'm not carrying so many buckets of water back and forth from the water barrels.  And will also be mulching this year so the beds don't dry out too fast.  Now, if it would only rain !  and fill up the rain barrels again.

Columbine - reseeded itself in the corner of one of the raised beds

3 comments:

  1. How wonderful...look how much you can plant now. :)

    Maria

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  2. Looks lovely Janet. Raised beds certainly keep things contained. I still have the field type beds and am forever putting out crab grass. But these gardens are easy to expand. Things are growing weel here, too. Dry though, even with the rain the other day.

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  3. Raised beds are the way to go, if you can. I only have one for my Alpine strawberries, but would love to have more. A lot less weeding, that's for sure. Started putting in our garden here too.

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