How to Build a Raised Bed Garden – Materials: Pros & Cons

How to Build a Raised Bed Garden – Materials: Pros & Cons

When it comes to building raised beds, the options for building materials are only limited by your imagination and budget. Expert Joe Lamp’l explains the pros & cons of some of the most commonly-used and readily-available options. Next – check out Joe’s Vegetable Gardening Playlist: with more raised bed videos – like size and design tips, building soil and watering.

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  1. Simple Perrydise life! on September 8, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    A short video packed with tons of useful and valuable information.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. BABO Home & Garden on September 8, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Joe, this is really thorough information. One question. I see many gardeners use galvanized can for their beds. I hear two different things though: "absolutely bad because of the chemical or getting hot fast during summer" vs. "OK from their experiences." What do you think?

  3. Heather Burton on September 8, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for this! I’m just about to make the investment in many raised beds as I ramp up my permaculture approach to yard and garden care, and you’ve answered pretty much all of my questions…in 3 minutes 43 seconds. SO appreciated!

  4. Dot2Trot's Low Carb Living on September 8, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    For untreated wood, can you put a protective coat on the side where the wood has no contact with the soil?

  5. nomie on September 8, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    no one ever talks about these things when it comes to garden beds. I bought three really cute raised garden beds at IKEA, but as I read just now, they’re made from treated wood…. so I guess what I’m going to do is purchase untreated wood and line the inside with it to protect it. thanks so much for this video!!!

  6. Dirt and Gardening on September 8, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    I always appreciate your in depth info. I love your show and your garden! You are an inspiration to gardeners everywhere. You’ve even helped me personally, and I am so grateful. Thanks, Joe 🙂

  7. Gary Cooper on September 8, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Hey Joe I want to exspress our appreciation for the years of knowledge that my wife and I gleaned from your shows over the years.

    We live in North Las Vegas , ( as I know you have seen some of my post on your garden group ), where the temprtures in the desert reach as high as one hundred – fifteen degrees along with three months of monsoon weather causing high tempretures and humidity, which is a enviroment west and east coast and mid west gardeners don`t have to deal with as much.

    Yet all the useful information that we have learned from you Joe, Charles Downing, ( No Till Gardening ), Paul Gauthschi in, ( Back2 Eden ), in Squim Washington , Jess in Roots and Refuge and The Elliott Homestead, we put this knowledge to use and amoung the many of your shows Joe that have continue to inspire my wife Lolanda and I, was show ( 1111 ), the love between that couple remind me of my relationship that my wife and I share, ( we met on Match 2008 ).

    Gardening has been in our marriage as long as we have been married, which has served as an example to our adult son and daughter and other family members.

    We continue to remain highly excited season after season about our gardening practice with more expectations for more joy, better health and collaboration with other gardeners in your garden groups and others.

    For us Joe gardening has two functions my wife and I enjoy and I share this with other gardeners that I constanly write to and that is," gardening is first a spiritual act that is manifested in the act of gardening and the physical act of gardening points to the spiriual or our creator, ( if it is thought about in this fashon ), which what you felt and exspressed in the show, ( 1111 ).

    I have a mantra that I repeat every time I post that I got off of the movie" Shawshank Redemption," with actor Morgan Freeman and the actor who played, Jeffrey Du`Frain and I quote" Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying But We Can`t Do Both.

    Grow Your Own Food

    Gary Cooper
    Ret. Vet. U.S Air Force 95 Bravo
    U.S Army 72nd MP Squadron.

  8. Kathleen Koelsch on September 8, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you, Joe! My husband and I are looking to build a raised garden and I came across your channel. Although there is a considerable amount to keep in mind, prior to even beginning the project, I appreciate the way in which you provide segments to distill all of the information.

  9. MountainDew on September 8, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Good summary of the options. Thank you.

  10. nomie on September 8, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Best and safest materials to use:

    Untreated wood: Walnut, Cypress, Cedar, Redwood Oak, Black Locust, Hemlock, & Osage Orange

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