How to Fill Raised Beds by Using What You Have

How to Fill Raised Beds by Using What You Have

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  1. Amanda Thurston on May 9, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I fill it with log,paper, cardboard, leaves, old food waste, PRETY much ANYTHING 😂 maybe even a few rocks

  2. J. Renee White on May 9, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I have heavy mole/vole pressure where I live and it’s pretty frustrating to say it mildly. My son made some raised beds as a secret mothers day present and I’m forever grateful. Hindsight I would spend a little extra $$$ and get the galvanized screen to attach to the bottom of the raised beds before filling them. If you’re going to make a raised bed within 15 ft of a tree you might want to put a solid bottom on the bed (if its tall enough) because the tree will put roots up into the beds and suck your nutrients and moisture out of your soil. I like the layer method so of course wood/wood chips at the bottom, all kitchen scraps and raw compost including manure in the middle, 6 inches of a good soil mix (don’t be afraid to use a little clay soil in the mix) top it off with 2 to 4 inches of the finest and blackest compost you can buy. Also expect to have to put 2 to 4 more inches on the bed each year. It’s better to do that at the end of your growing season to let the bed build up the soil biology during the winter. I always stack about 4 inches of shredded fall leaves on the top of all my beds to break down over winter and feed the worms too.

  3. Joe Hageman on May 9, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    In our raised beds, we used slices of Praire hay from small square bales to fill half way up. In time this will decay, then we’ll add a little of good soil now and then to top it off!

  4. Carl DeLozier on May 9, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    What kind of microphone did you use ? Sound quality was good

  5. Ellen Wages on May 9, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    you could use a rake for some of your gathering to save your back.

  6. Lillian on May 9, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Before putting in the expensive topsoil I place a layer of shadecloth 70-90% this keeps the soil mostly at the top while the logs and branches turn into compost

  7. Nature Lover on May 9, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Jill. Love your energy. I have a question please. I am new to gardening so it might be a dumb question but how can I tell if a compost is a good compost? I have a bulk compost seller near by but I can’t tell if they are selling compost that I can trust like you said in your video. Thank you. in advance.

  8. Raven Mc Kinnon on May 9, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I never put weeds in my raised bed

  9. A Servant Of The LORD on May 9, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

  10. Rick on May 9, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Boo bekini…haul?

  11. Gord Baker on May 9, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Spread aged Horse Manure over area and Roto-till in deep. Edge witth 2×4’s with ground cover stapled to them.
    Cut X’s to plant plants and slits for seeds. DONE. NO need for ‘raised beds’

  12. Debbie Fortner on May 9, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    This has been very helpful 😊

  13. Jaclyn Mentzer on May 9, 2022 at 7:36 pm


  14. Fern Henley on May 9, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Hairy vetch is great for cover. Have you tried using alfalfa also. Auburn University students studying root systems of alfalfa wrote that alfalfa root system was good in clay also NITRON, have you used the soil conditioner. I don’t know if it is primarily a surfactant or not. Have you investigated an inoculant for fungi in your garden and other property?

  15. Spirit Free on May 9, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    would probably keep the pine cones separate use them as a fire starter they make a nice POP sound

  16. Lisa Wilkerson on May 9, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I was gifted two ridiculously tall and long planters this winter. When I done the math it was going to cost about a grand to fill plus all that soil would be a waste. I ordered a bail of hay and had it delivered for 40 bucks. We filled both up to about a 8 inch depth of hay. It worked like a charm and I didn’t break the bank. It also help a local farmer unload some unusable hay. LOL I still have hay left over for other projects. Great upload 👍

  17. Jacki Bigger on May 9, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Glad to see you using cardboard it works great

  18. Jed D. on May 9, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    SO, I do the same thing, BUT I buy a 50 pound bag of ALFALFA pellets (horse feed) and put a small layer over the brown material you spread and then wet it, and then put the topsoil/compost on top. You won’t believe how that garden seems to just take off with the added green material! The 50 pound bag only costs $16 and it provides extra nutrients that grow magic!

  19. dan pozzi on May 9, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    A great additive for any planting is coffee grounds. The worms love it

  20. DJ Ratino on May 9, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I was wondering if a galvanized watering trough would make a raised garden? You can buy them bottom less, which you would want. I was wondering if the galvanized metal would get hot in the summer time? They’re fairly common around Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply. I know it’ll stop ground hogs. They can’t climb over 2 feet. I wouldn’t think they would slow down deer. They would take it as a huge dinner bowl.

  21. Khaled Zaitoun on May 9, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful Jill ❤️

  22. Joanie S on May 9, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Worms love the cardboard, too.

  23. dan pozzi on May 9, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I called it from the title. I do commercial landscaping and I’ve used stacks debris and logs when planting gardens/Landscapes/containers. It puts our lazy man compost to a higher level.

  24. Fergus Dangerfield on May 9, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Just discovered your chanel and have subbed. I’m in the process of building a greenhouse and raised beds and will be following the hugelkultur method. I’m also making my own compost, leaf mould and worm castings. Good luck with your growing season xx.

  25. Latimer the Evil Bunny Rabbit Supremacist on May 9, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    I like the chicken tunnels.

  26. Willow W. Wellenworth on May 9, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for your suggestion, I am going to try your way, wish me luck..

  27. Julius Newman on May 9, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Some worms would be right at home in there.

  28. Rick on May 9, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Boo r u in upper Midwest umw….commonly referred adhoc

  29. Tanya Wilson on May 9, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    This was so helpful. Thank you.

  30. Lori Bordessa on May 9, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I just found you!! I love this!!! And the info. And the great chickens interested in the background too! Lol!😂
    I’m subbing! Thank You!

  31. Teresa Ratcliffe on May 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    You’re awesome. Have you used covercrop on your beds in fall?

  32. Jamie Wood on May 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    MO 12ac 2 tiny homes well water/solar/etc Jacks Fork Farmstead Hwy 137 Willow Springs MO can’t post link maybe it will show on Zillow

  33. dan pozzi on May 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Great place to put all your less composted, lazy compost debris. Everyone should use this method
    Add a dis comment before I watch the whole thing obviously. Great great job the plants and Worms will be happy

  34. Khaled Zaitoun on May 9, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Nice looking Darling ❤️💋👍

  35. B D on May 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    A fill that can be used is anything that takes up space and does not decompose. Upside down milk crates covered in plastic to prevent dirt from falling is spaces, upside down buckets. 2 liter bottles filled with water and tightly sealed etc. Few garden plants need more than 6 inches of soil to root and survive. Fill beds with the above and top off with quality soil and use a fraction of the decomposing fill and no worries about the fill decomposing and sinking over time.

  36. Jason Hermann - SonyAlphaLab on May 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  37. ALBER PAJARES on May 9, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    If you got some space and structures to fill with soil you can get a good harvest,..

  38. DaisyVi Luck on May 9, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    What’s that word you say? Hulga culture? Anyhow thanks for sharing 🙂🩰

  39. Mik Mak on May 9, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I mixed potting soil with compost and manure. I transplanted all my squash and cucumbers and they seems to thrive for about a week. Now they are all dying. What am I doing wrong?

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  41. Tonya Stadt on May 9, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    I’m a new subscriber I just found you and I love this video it’s so much useful information I have raised beds in my back porch I have been doing the same thing you have but you do it totally different so I can use yours and mine and make it better soil that way so I love to keep listening to what you have and hopefully to grow super yummy food to enjoy 🥰💚💚

  42. Amanda Thurston on May 9, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    We have a community compost, it’s free, 🤩 I’ve gone to get it once, it went into my tomatoes and potatoes, it seemed fine, the plants were beautiful

  43. DC on May 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    your chickens were like hey give me some of that lol.

  44. Anne Megis on May 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Loved your video! Like that you use sticks and pine ones for filler. Every time I dead head or prune, especially my huge oregano patch which I let go wild for the birds and the bees, I prune and chop EVERY scrap and put it back on top the soil as mulch. Germs are great also. I cut the last years fronds off when there are signs of new growth, strip and then chop the stems. Takes time but it is cheap and effective. Nothing to haul away. Great minds think alike! You’re awesome!!!!!

  45. Dusty Flats on May 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    You need a wood chipper🤣🤣

  46. Michael Maker on May 9, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Was wondering, should you use a little lyme on compost? Or
    When do you recommend using lyme?

  47. Lynn Steiner on May 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Very helpful, thanks.

  48. CAUTIOUS1 on May 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Jill
    I’ve been looking for you! Love Jack

  49. Mr Green on May 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    The world needs more women like you great video

  50. Gene Greear on May 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I never fill my beds the first year. I add what compost I have from last year and add four inches of good mulch with some cow manure. I do that ever year and never use just top soil. My beds always produce good. After a bed is around four or five years old. Then they are full to the top. I add it only then when needed. Good luck.

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