How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

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In order to build a raised garden bed, it's important to clear all of the weeds and to use a rototiller. Avoid walking on a raised bed so that roots remain undisturbed by following the advice of an organic farmer in this free video on gardening and... View Video Transcript

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Jarrett Man

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Hi I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and on this farm we do just about everything so this is how to make a raised garden bed. First things first is you want to clear all the weeds from an area and get some sort of tillage system like a rototiller. Hopefully you can add a lot of compost at this stage and rototill it in like to get a fluffy sort of even bed something like this and to make a raised garden bed you are going to want to take soil from the aisles with a shovel and add it to the middle, do that on both sides of the bed that you want to make, clear any debris and then grab a rake and sort of smooth it out keeping the edges of the bed. Once you have got the raised bed try not to walk on it. One of the advantages of a raised bed is that it keeps you walking in the aisles where your traffic is compressing only the soil in the aisles allowing any plants that you want to put in the bed to have a nice fluffy clean area to grow in. The roots of the plant are very important in determining the above ground size and so it is really best to not disturb the roots on the bed itself. Throughout the season you might want to go through and touch up a little bit. The edges of the bed will erode somewhat with wind and water but for the most part it should be fine for the whole season and it will keep your plants happy and dry. I'm Jarrett from Stone Soup Farm and that's how to make a raised bed.