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Hello, newbie here. I have decided to plant some veggies. And before I head out to Home Depot or Lowes
I was wondering how high do I need the raised bed to be? I noticed some used one board while others use
two boards for height. Which is preferred and why? Is it more for convenience or to get better soil?
I used bricks for my raised bed(s), they are about 2' deep. Probably depends on what you are planting and the root system of those veggies. Some veggies are shallow-rooted, others need to go deeper. Am interested in what others have to say on this subject.
This is an old picture. I have broken this bed down and reconstructed it into 3 separate beds approx 2'x3' and still 2' deep - all are planted in garlic. I don't have a digital camera but took a roll of film yesterday and can post the pics later today of the garlic sprouts.
What do you intend to grow, and what type of soil will the raised bed be sitting on?
If you want nice long straight carrots and other root vegetables deeper soil is better.
If you are placing the raised bed on hard clay soil, (I hope you are breaking up the soil underneath the bed) then go with the deeper bed.
My experience is hard clay underneath will cause the beds to dry out sooner, as you do a deep watering of the top soil the water will peculate down and then drain off quickly.
I'm sure others will have their thoughts, but this will give you something to consider. Happy gardening.
Ditto ladygardener1. We have beds as deep as 18" (the first ones we made) and as shallow as 6" (more recent). Because we have good underlying soil, they all do about the same. One raised bed sat on concrete - it was 18" deep and grew tomatoes well.
I'l be starting out with the basics.
tomato w/basil, peppers w/onion, cucumbers w/beans and strawberries.
I'm trying the companion plants to see if it will make it easier on me.
I am totally, totally open to suggestions.
I'm pretty much switching back to Bush beans this year. They are self-supporting and I have yet to find a true pole "analogue" to Dragon Tongue. (It's been said that for every bush bean variety there is a pole bean equivalent).
Cucumbers grow great up a trellis. They will easily grow 6-10 feet tall. I planted 2 mounds of 3-4 seeds about a foot apart and made a 3 foot wide trellis out of galvanized fence and 1x2s for them to climb.
Clay soils are more difficult but raised beds made of dirt work great in my sandy loam. Method is called French Intensive or Double Dug raised gardening. For me it was no where near as labor intensive as the instructions I see on the internet. Classically, the beds are 4 feet wide but mine are under 3 and for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and everything else, that has been more than enough.
The garden is 30x40 and was carved out of a lawn. Dug narrow trenches on the edges and that keeps the grass out. Purslane appeared out of nowhere and fills the rows between the beds. It doesn't like shade so it grows right up to the tomatoes and stops.
Photos do not show it but the beds range from 18" to 24" or so in height. Photo on the right was taken at the end of July. By August, the plants topped the bamboo poles and there wasn't as much room to walk down the rows as it appears there would be.
Garden after rototilling but before digging trenches to make raised beds. It was only a matter of walking from one end to the other, tossing shovels full of dirt to both sides, then leveling the beds off.