Best Size Garden Bed – Here Is Why

Best Size Garden Bed – Here Is Why

We have struggled for many years to find the perfect size garden bed. We think we have found it.
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50 Comments

  1. First Last on August 20, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    If you need a belt while wearing suspenders you are suspendering wrong

  2. 11spitdms on August 20, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Do you still use this method? Are the wood chips necessary or can you leave it bare soil?

  3. Boro Wik on August 20, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    How to plant cucumbers or pumpins on a such small width?

  4. Kitchissime on August 20, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    What you do from 7:50 does break the structure. The shroom threads get broken and have to rebuild. Don’t work the soil at all! The vertically going worms aerate it; not humans. It’s not the place of humans to do so.

  5. Andrew Trip on August 20, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    The cm s don’t matter .your beds you’ll be layer out to tractor wheel widths .As your body ages you will understand ! !

  6. Greg Ward on August 20, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I disagree with the width of the rows. Walkways are perfect.
    2ft 5inch is like the old farmer style row planting, obsolete and a waste of space if you don’t have a lot of it to play around in.
    My rows are 4 to 4 -1/2ft wide.
    Reason for this is because I can easily reach in 2ft from walkways on either side of the rows.
    Given a limited dimension garden area, this method decreases the walkway space taken up and increase the Grow space used.
    I have been doing this for a couple of decades now and it works great. Everyone that see is cannot get over how much I manage to grow in the limited space I have to work with.

  7. Troy B on August 20, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I do a 3 foot wide bed, 15ft long.
    I amend all the soil in the plot, and create naturally raised beds by moving the soil where my paths will be onto where the rows will go
    At the end of the year, I knock it back down, mix it all together, amend, then cover.

  8. Anna Sophia on August 20, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Complete newbie here: how to I make straight rows for the garden? I know string is used but couldn’t I mistakenly make srroaght diagonal lines? Thank you 🙂

  9. Kazzana on August 20, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Like the size of your garden beds, but at my age, I tend to sit quite often and garden, so my paths will be a bit wider, to accommodate my fat butt. The wood chips are great. Thanks for the videos.

  10. Kevin Corapi on August 20, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    do a raised bed of that size to save your back

  11. carry the world non profit on August 20, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    charles dowding has a non dig, non fork system and I like that more then forking. It does make a difference in amount of vegetables to be harvested. So I’d say, don’t fork. Do you have a reason to fork the beds?

  12. william freeh on August 20, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    holy cow. you remind me of an old led zepellin song titled ramble on. (spell check lol)it took you more than half the video to discuss pertinent facts.

  13. Marco Marco on August 20, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I use the rule 80/40. Growth bed 80cm and walkway 40cm.

  14. Mr. Anonymous on August 20, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    What are you using to measure with a ruler , lol next people with measuring in mm .

  15. Andrew Wheeler on August 20, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I have 15 beds that are 3 foot wide or just under a metre and are 15 foot long or around 5 metres. I find these dimensions perfect. The narrow width allows a stride across which about a yard. Four foot wide beds is too wide I find. I use wood chip paths too.

  16. Mister Ambassador on August 20, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    go No Till

  17. Shelly on August 20, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    You could do well building soil fast using fresh grass clippings to mulch your paths and surrounding areas, after the grass breaks down into soil, use the new soil in the garden beds. Alfalfa is also an excellent choice for mulching beds because it feeds and builds the soil as it breaks down, unlike straw. I did watch a elderly women throw potatoes with sprouting “eyes” on the bare ground, threw straw on top of them and walked away. She said she had always grown potatoes that way. I’m sure she must have watered them. Straw is great for chickens nesting boxes, the compost, and mulching. Happy gardening this new season.

  18. Janette Lavender on August 20, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I have been doing BTE method for two years now. For now I have rows and wood chips in the walkway. Once those wood hips in the walkways have broken down. I will go in for a bit more of a free form style garden and incorporate flowers etc. I use a small hoe and hand shovels mainly. Im keeping my other tools for now in case I plant a tree but I don’t till anything. Im getting too old to do heavy work and so the layering works great. Im also thinking I might compost right in my beds. I still want a compost pile or two for planting larger things like trees and vines but the BTE method introduced by Paul Gautsche and complimented by the Ruth Stout method are is great if you don’t have space for tools and a lot of strength. My first year year yield was much better than expected and I just love gardening this way. It really reduces the labor and time. Thanks for sharing your ideas. 👍🏻

  19. Garlic Dude on August 20, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    You use the same song as the Cooking With Dog channel.

  20. Naturally-Logical on August 20, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Great info. Thank you.
    Question: *What do you do after 1-2 seasons, when the wood-chips are pretty much composted?* Rake the walkways on the beds and start over with the wood-chips in the walkways? Or do you make your beds in a different way these days (2020)?

  21. Garth Wunsch on August 20, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Excellent advice. If you decide to make a broad fork, check out the ones at Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine, USA. The tines have an ergonomic bend to them that makes so much difference. I believe Eliot Coleman helped them design this, based on the Paris Market Gardeners tools he studied. I first bought one with straight tines (was a lot cheaper and made in Canada) but it didn’t work well at all. Love my broad fork from Johnnys. Even if it did cost a Canadian fortune.
    I like a path a little wider so I don’t have to be quite so careful, but I gain back my ground by making the the beds about 90 cms. wide, which I can easily work from two sides.

  22. Gardening With Atley on August 20, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Great video mate, thanks for the info.

  23. Jane Suzanne Streeter on August 20, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, the size is the easy one. Raised of course is the only one you need to concern yourself with a measured size, you want four feet tall, three feet wide and eight feet long. If you are planting in the ground, then you need to relax and calm down. Decide what you want to harvest. Decide how much you want to harvest and then get enough seeds and young plants to do that. Follow package directions. At the end of planting season you will have EXACTLY the right sized space for that year. Garden size changes from year to year as you decide what you want to grow and what you don’t want to bother with. CHILL OUT.

  24. Elkysium on August 20, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    For Imperial users:
    Growth Bed: 75 Centimeters = 29.5 Inches roughly = 2 Feet 5.5 Inches
    Walkway: 25 – 30 Centimeters = 10 – 12 Inches roughly
    1 Meter = 39 Inches roughly
    🙂

  25. Daniel 4774 on August 20, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    A little question. What variety of garlic do you plant ? Thanks ✌

  26. Henrik on August 20, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Hi S. ( Dont dare to spell your name 😀 ) I like your videos, and i live just on the other side of Øresund. I`m sure you could ask Torbjørn Åhman about making you a Broadfork, He is a very good blacksmith from sweden, and i follow him, here on Youtube 🙂

  27. Lachlan Turville on August 20, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    video starts 4:22

  28. Balsey Dean De Witt, Jr. on August 20, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Give you all some advice, planting in rows for a small garden doesn’t make sense. Do you all know why farms have gardens in rows? Think! Because they use tractors to travel through the gardens. Small gardens should be like is explained here: http://www.melbartholomew.com/ I have had this paper back book since the 1980’s, STILL HAVE IT!

  29. Václav Čermák on August 20, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    How are the narrow paths working? I’m reading that airflow in the beds is also important and your paths seem to be a bit narrowish.

  30. Jeffrey Dustin on August 20, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Very timely and intelligent video! One of your finest! I have a row 4 feet wide and don’t like walking to the other side to weed or plant veggies. 3 feet is about perfect in width.

  31. Randall Zrubek on August 20, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Do you have a welder? , why don’t you make your own broadfork? I am pretty sure it is something you could do.

  32. PPS S. on August 20, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    As somebody who grew up with 1 acre garden and no mechanical aids I want to laugh at this gentlemen "permaculture" (what a bs term, the only perma is labor everything else is mostly bs). As far as growing supplemental veggies, it does not really matter how, it is hard to screw up. Anything on top of that will crush your perma delusions.

  33. Joey Oliver on August 20, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I honestly used to like your videos, but now they are hard to get through. Believe it or not Eliot Coleman hasn’t invented anything, nor are his ideas original… Stop drinking the kool-aid, and read your history books… thats where the answers are.

  34. Frank From Upstate NY on August 20, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Just put a "conversion chart" on your ‘desktop’ and do the simple math conversations. It’ll be fun to watch this guy do a ‘Joel Salatin’ growth spurt in the next 10 years. It’s about sustaining one’s garden….first with knowledge, then with "small scale practice"….then "doing it over and over again.

    Our foods,…just cannot come from the store any longer; organic or not…one never knows what one is getting.

    Calculated correctly….a small "homestyle garden" with very small dimensions can feed a family of four…and have "neighborhood left-overs" for many. Don’t have exact dimensions,…cause’ I’m learning myself.

  35. Jamie T on August 20, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I like this approach… The wood chips will still break down.. And feed the rows.. !!

  36. In the kitchen with Nancy on August 20, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Transplant your garlic as they are coming up, line your garden with them,also have you checked out square foot gardening,I like what you are doinh,the cold frame that you built against your house.

  37. memyself andeye on August 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Great teacher! Thanks for the demonstration.

  38. HomeShowTV on August 20, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Again with the Dobro music lol.

  39. Loppy Lou on August 20, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I have read that you have to be very careful with what you plant around both garlic and onions because they can kill other crops. Have you had any problem with that in your garden?

  40. BEAR HAWK on August 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Very helpful thank you!

  41. Sparkeee1978 on August 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    my wife would go in, and run the tiller crooked, and zig zags…just to mess with my straight lines…. she gets a kick out of it.

  42. Krzysztof Rudnicki on August 20, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I prefer 1.2m wide beds with 30cm paths. More growing space.

  43. Cat W on August 20, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    The best of whatever for you is what works best for you. A life lesson in a garden video LOL

  44. Annette Ormond on August 20, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    I love your videos and lifestyle. May you have a bountiful harvest and really good year. God bless you and your family.

  45. Rob S on August 20, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Ahh we have identical broadforks.

  46. dpower02 on August 20, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I don’t agree with your method of walking on the grow part of the row I do similar addition of compost and wood chips but I avoid walking on the grow portion. Sometimes I use sawdust in the row when I am short of wood chips. I do not fork aerate my soil, I use cattle panels for most grow portions of my rows and leave the cattle panels in place year after year.

  47. Alexander Gomez on August 20, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Aye simeon do you buy your seeds in bulk or how do you get enough seeds to plant in 30 or 40 garden beds

  48. Shelly on August 20, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Instead of using a broad fork, you can simply lay cardboard down where you want to make a bed, and add layers, leaves, grass, dirt, and such then compost on top, then plant in that. Google lasagna gardening, or No Dig gardening

  49. Vivian on August 20, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Very good info! 👍👍

  50. Meredith R on August 20, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Ah! I heard you knee crunch when you squatted down at 0:45.
    Neat video. I

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