Starting a garden 3) Choosing raised bed materials

Starting a garden 3) Choosing raised bed materials

This is the third video in a five part series that looks at how to start a garden. The third consideration to make when starting a garden is choosing which material to use to construct your raised bed.

Time codes
0:00 Introduction
0:18 Types of materials
01:02 Example of materials not to use (railroad ties)
02:02 Most common materials to use (wood and concrete blocks)
02:21 Overview of wood
05:08 Discussing treated wood
07:24 Overview of concrete blocks
10:49 Wood vs concrete blocks
13:27 What materials I am using for my new raised beds
14:50 Closing comments

USDA National Organic Program (treated lumber guidance)

Article on treated lumber for garden beds

“All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew


  1. Matthew Willis on March 25, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Im so glad you started up again! Thanks for these videos. I live in Austin Texas and I am wanting to grow a Victory Garden. I had a regular garden during the pandemic and doing some traveling now, but happy to start again in JANUARY!

  2. Kurious Kat on March 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Hi! I just subscribed. I was watching an old Executive Gardner Video and saw your comment and your channel name caught my eye. I live just outside of Houston and am always on the lookout for Houston area gardening channels. We will be rebuilding our garden. Our raised beds rotted badly after Harvey, so we will be using cement/cinder blocks for a more permanent garden. Will also be making the beds taller, so I don’t need to kneel on the ground (just getting older). I’m also into square foot gardening, so I will do a little binge watching of your past vids.

  3. Yaa Nyarko Faried on March 25, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Very helpful

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