Drainage Systems for Raised Garden Beds

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How to understand drainage systems for a raised garden bed; get professional tips and advice from an expert on growing your own plants and herbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Travis Steglich

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Our raised bed situation here is different from some. Although any raised beds container that would potentially hold water is going to have the same problems we have here with this bathtub. Bathtubs obviously are made to hold water for peats sake, and there is only one hole so we have one source of drainage. One of the things we're going to need to do is provide a passage way for that water when it comes out of the soil to be able to get down to the bottom of the tub and then run an obstructed not be dam up by some kind of soil or sticks or rocks that might be in the way. One of the ways we're going to do that is we're going to go over here to the trash. We're going to get some things that are going to be thrown away anyway instead of throwing your flats that you get your plants when you go the nursery. These we're nine packs they have holes in the bottom for drainage you can use these for drainage like we're going to do in these bathtubs. We'll turn the container (flat) upside down and we'll use these cans to hold it up off of the bottom to create an air space. So for the water when it goes down through the soil and down through this plastic can get to a free open water channel that will take the water out of the tub and through the drainage hole which is on the opposite end. We don't want it to be standing or moving slowly we just want to get the heck out of there.