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May 14, 2010

Raised Garden Beds NO DIGGING !!!



 I have taken this article from No Dig Vegetable Garden website here is the link for more projects .
Of course this can also be used for Flowers or mix them together.
 I like to do add flowers with the vegetables some flowers are good to detract insects also.



A raised vegetable garden is loved by gardeners' backs, because there is less stooping and digging.

I know what way works for me, and I can tell you it's more than one way! I successfully tried:
  • Layers of old natural carpet instead of paper or cardboard.
  • Mushy kitchen scraps slopped straight onto tangled weeds and grass, sprinkle of lime, wet newspapers, topped with piles of fallen leaves and grass clippings... then planted seedlings in with small handfuls of soil or compost.
  • Bulldozed pile of cleared backyard mess (just moved there) with mostly branches, giant weeds, even old washing machine parts, and the odd cannabis plant... planted zucchini and pumpkin plants each in a good dollop of compost in the pile... and watched as the pile shrunk and the zucchini and pumpkins took off!
And so on... the point being, is that there are hundreds of ways to make a raised vegetable garden, and there's no digging involved and they are built up from the ground, sometimes in boxes, tires, crates, or just natural mounds.
Improve garden production with raised bed garden kits.
Here's some links to tell you more about the finer points of:
No Till Gardening
Lasagna Gardening
Straw Bale Gardening
Sq ft Gardening


And thanks to Les Boucher from Australia, who has provided the following photos of building a raised vegetable garden (See Les' comments below):

Raised vegetable garden Les1 Step 1.
Lay out your garden area. Leave the grass it will die, or cut it if you wish. The garden beds can be any height. I've previously built ones for community groups of about 1m (3ft) high to allow for wheelchair access. It's a matter of layering to get things to the height you want.

Raised vegetable garden Les 2 Step 2. Lay out old cardboard. Try your local supermarket for this... recycling again...love it...

raised vegetable garden Les 3 Step 3. Wet your newspaper before you spread it out — it will stick together when you overlap it.

raised vegetable garden Les 4 Step 4. Spread WET newspaper OVER cardboard making sure that it overlaps by about a quarter to one third of its size. By doing it this way you are cutting out the sunlight and the grass will die and it, as well as the cardboard and paper, will all rot back and feed Mother Earth.

raised vegetable garden Les 5 Step 5. Next comes a layer of Lucerne Hay (more food as it breaks down).

raised vegetable garden Les 6 Step 6. A thin layer of Manure (in this case "Moo Poo") is then laid out...

raised vegetable garden Les 7 Step 7. Finally this is all covered with a layer of straw (I use Pea Straw as it adds more nutrient as it breaks down) and it also works as a mulch for your plants keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

raised vegetable garden Les 8 Step 8. From here it is just a matter of making a small hole in the top layer of straw and adding a handful of potting mix or compost and planting into it. You can see the results of this one that I prepared earlier.

I hope that this inspires you to build your own raised vegetable garden and to get out into your yard and smell the
roses (or cabbages).

Les Boucher – raised vegetable gardener
Here's Les, and his comments:
"Since building these garden beds, I have gone on to share this idea with others, including building eight beds 4m x 2m (13ft x 6½ft) for a men's shed complex near where I live. These are about 1m (3ft) high to allow access by wheelchair bound people as well as those able bodied people who have bad backs." Les Boucher

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