Your First Vegetable Garden?: A Quick Overview of Raised Bed Gardens – Tips, Purpose & Design

Your First Vegetable Garden?: A Quick Overview of Raised Bed Gardens – Tips, Purpose & Design

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50 Comments

  1. Katherine Rosemary on June 28, 2021 at 1:26 am

    How much space do you have to leave between plants in each bed?

  2. Gillian Rivers on June 28, 2021 at 1:27 am

    4×4 rectangle???

  3. David Davis on June 28, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Use to help parents and neighbors with garden prep when young. Depends on where you live and soil. Here they all turned in sheep manure months before planting then lime month before. Grew things like crazy here. Just depends on the soil used.

  4. CrazyCanuckFitness on June 28, 2021 at 1:28 am

    great info. thanks

  5. Alexus Griffin on June 28, 2021 at 1:29 am

    I’m doing a sun survey of my yard today. But I am having trouble deciding if I should plot for morning or afternoon sun.
    Thank you for great info in this video!

  6. Laura Frey on June 28, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Thank you. For many, that would be too close to the fence. I did my first raised bed this year, and it is too close to my fence (about the same as yours). While I can fit back there, I can’t work back there – so I am having a difficult time pruning and harvesting my crops. After this growing season, I will move it a few feet away from the fence – far enough to run my lawn mower through or lay 2’×2′ concrete squares. Both would give me room to work, and allow me to manage the grass and weed growth between the bed and the fence.

  7. Mike Robertson on June 28, 2021 at 1:32 am

    It would have been great to roll out commercial weed block the full run , then your planters would have held it down.
    Good luck growing in your boxes!

  8. MUHAMMAD Alam on June 28, 2021 at 1:33 am

    i have two vegetable bed, i got filled with compose soil, since than i am seeing fly’s whenever i want plan, please advise

  9. Avocado& Megs on June 28, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I’m debating on whether or not to dig before I place raised beds. We have moles/voles in our yard so I was thinking maybe I should put down some type of wiring before the cardboard, thoughts?

  10. nordika d on June 28, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hi Gary, I’m converting my sandbox to a raised garden bed. I’ve taken out the majority of the sand but there is a 1/2 foot of sand remaining. I have room to put 12 inches of soil on top of that sand. Will it be ok to leave the sand or should i remove it all? Thanks!

  11. Virginia Boyd on June 28, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Great video. Very informative.

  12. Jeremy Alford on June 28, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Did he say 4×4 rectangle?

  13. mr Akt on June 28, 2021 at 1:35 am

    dude the fence is blocking thr sun

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  15. Shanae Robinson on June 28, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Can tomato grow in a no did 10 inch raise bed?

  16. ToteaGlockBoy on June 28, 2021 at 1:41 am

    4×4 rectangle?

  17. Keyron McBean on June 28, 2021 at 1:41 am

    how do I prepare the drainage in the raised beds

  18. Moustafa Elsamadisy on June 28, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Hello about to make first raised bed. What do you think about 26"x12 H .for tomato plants

  19. Meta M on June 28, 2021 at 1:43 am

    I’m a new subscriber from the other day. And also a newbie on gardening. I love this guide as this is how I’m going to start with, raised bed gardens since my garden is tropical and I don’t want anything touches my vegetables. Thank you and looking forward to start the soonest possible.

  20. S 4 on June 28, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Thinking about next year gardening. I planted a lot of containers this year. Can I re-use the soil? Would I just need to rotate vegetables so I’m not planting the same vegetables in the same containers, for a second year? What would you advise?

    Can a person use pallet wood to make raised beds? I love your videos!

  21. Holiday Fart Cruise on June 28, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I had to build these because the neighborhood floods during the rain(ier) season. Each bed is 3’x8′ and 2′ tall. Only downside was the cost to fill them with soil. But other than that, last year (our first year) yielded basil, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeños, cucumbers, and potatoes.

  22. Missouri Girl on June 28, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Great info Gary

  23. harini jhaveri on June 28, 2021 at 1:52 am

    How much this should cost if you get it done by professional?

  24. Jeni McGuire on June 28, 2021 at 1:52 am

    I am finally doing a raised bed this season! I will do the 8×4, my question is…why do I need the corner pieces? Is that to keep it squared? Thank you!

  25. Chris M on June 28, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Couple questions: 1) I bought untreated fir for my boxes and am planning to stain–what do you recommend? 2) I have thick grass and weeds that I am building on top of. I plan to put down cardboard within the garden, but am not sure how to deal with the area between the garden box and the fence. I was going to just go right against the wire fence, but now am rethinking access…

  26. Shoquilla Thompson on June 28, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Can you explain the location of the bed based on sunlight exposure more. I want to transplant my veggies into a bed but I literally don’t know where to start.

  27. jeanne miller on June 28, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I ALWAYS WONDERED HOW YOU GOT YOUR CHANNEL NAME,, THANKS

  28. Natural Beauty on June 28, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Can I do this on a slab of concrete? Boys use to use it to play basketball.

  29. Alex Dergacheff on June 28, 2021 at 2:02 am

    I need to fill an 8 feet by 4 feet bed, 1 foot depth.

    Can I just use top soil and black cow?

  30. Michelle on June 28, 2021 at 2:02 am

    THANK YOU for your video! Been looking for a video like this that breaks everything down for you. I’m hoping to start raised beds next spring. Thanks again!

  31. Faijal Mulla on June 28, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Hi
    I want to make it the new bed 8×4 how many bag need the soils into garden?
    Because this my season NO have
    experienced
    Please answer to by my email faizm653@yahoo.com

  32. Semsima Ma on June 28, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Hi, I’m about to make a new raise bed and would like to know if I can put it over a area where a tree was removed from? Thanks

  33. Gilbert Narley on June 28, 2021 at 2:05 am

    4×4 rectangle ? Huh?
    Please let me know how I build a 4×4 rectangle

  34. N P on June 28, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Gary, how close to my house can the raised bed be located? I don’t want it to close to my foundation 😕

  35. James Pitt on June 28, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Let me know which of the below can be improved and why? Thanks

    Some Americans use;
    1. Top soil 50% (for mixing in with the compost).
    2. Compost 30% (nutrients this will compress on further decomposing).
    3. Worm castings 5% (worm waste for nutrients).
    3. Rock dust 5% (a to z of all minerals)
    4. Mushroom compost 5% (more nutrients)
    5. Coconut coir 5% (help retain moisture)

    Mixed in so that the top 12 inches are the most nutrient dense (as the roots grow about 12 inches deep) and anything below this (another 3 – 12 inches) this is mainly top soil / or some coconut coir to retain the moisture.

    Finally :
    6. Wood chips (to cover the top of the soil around the plants, to retain the moisture inside).
    7. Pond water (more natural nutrients to water the growth. Or rain water, as they are both (esp pond water) a lot better then tap water which has chlorine and waste harmful substances).
    8. Some worms (to keep soil loose and more benefits).
    9. Others even put a green house cover on top to keep the heat in. Or a metal mesh cover to keep unwanted pests away.
    10. Talk to the plants to create a bond.

    11. Timing is everything, plant and mix correctly keep in sunlight and correct stable temperature.

    Please add or edit anything which you seem appropriate to make it better?

  36. Bryon Middleton on June 28, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Are you single?

  37. Chris Tucker on June 28, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Great looking beds. One important thing, don’t use treated wood. There is about 12 harmful chemicals used to treat wood. It is highly regulated by the EPA. The main 2 are HE 14 and HE 45. These are highly toxic and require special certifications just to work with them. Micronized Copper Azoles use moldex also. It says it’s safe for ground contact.

  38. Parker on June 28, 2021 at 2:08 am

    so you said you can build it 4×4, either a 4×4 square or a 4×4 rectangle. Wouldnt the dimensions have to be different to become a rectangle ? Possibly a 4×6 or 4×8 ?

  39. Evie170 on June 28, 2021 at 2:09 am

    How many raised beds would you recommend for self-sufficiency in vegetables for one person?

  40. mick cv on June 28, 2021 at 2:11 am

    What is a 4×4 rectangle?

  41. Antonio Mack on June 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Hey Gary, for peppers and tomatoes would it be better to double that height? Im used to doing 5 gallon buckets. Should they not be that height?

  42. DKUJ_ PALLETS & GARDENING on June 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Beautiful!! The motivation behind my creation!

  43. Victoria Jackson on June 28, 2021 at 2:14 am

    we get a lot of rain in our area (Dallas) so I’m assuming can’t do this?

  44. Dale Leppert on June 28, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Now wait a minute? A 4×4 square, or a 4×4 rectangle???

  45. TheGRUMPSY on June 28, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Thanks so much Gary.
    I live in zone 9A and just started a garden. Tomatoes and peppers. I have watched everything you have on youtube and your in depth instuctions are great
    Thank you

  46. Ashley Williams on June 28, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Good evening🙂 for a 4×4 square how many crops for veggies can you fit in that space? I’m a newbie to this! Thanks

  47. Miguel195211 on June 28, 2021 at 2:18 am

    I am planning on starting a raised vegetable garden. Can I use pressure treated wood safely? Will it leach chemicals and if they do leach, are these chemicals harmful when I eat the vegetables? TIA

  48. World Trotter Here and Beyond on June 28, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Thanks for the idea!

  49. William Latham on June 28, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Hello Gary, I am doing my first raised bed using 2" by 6’s" for a 4ft by 4 ft frame for planting corn. My question is since I will be over native earth do I have to put the card board in, or just add the soil amendments ‘s over the native earth? Also is it to early to start now I am in zone 10. Thank You

  50. Jim Mason on June 28, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Fence to close (shade)….you broke your reason for 4 foot beds( access to reach in…) that 1ft against the fence will cripple you….no don’t use pressure treated wood….cedar is best…expensive yes! 4" of soil will not grow much….hope you have good access to well rotten manure….sheep/cow/chicken or horse…

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