Raised Bed

Raised Bed

Raised Bed

Raised Bed

Building a Raised Bed in the Garden

Let’s say you have decided you want to grow some herbs in a raised bed or other area in your garden. One of the most common methods for doing this is to place trellis directly into the each raised bed. Grape plants are often pruned to encourage the climbing habits of some of the species. For example, you can grow; mint, rosemary, basil and thyme among other plants.

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This is often done in homes which have limited space. By literally tying the vines to the trellis wires or locality, as the plants grow, they will have a natural trellis system to climb. Some home gardeners unacquainted of raised bed gardening discover that the trellis helps to hold the planter in place.


Another common method for free hanging plants is to bury each plant slightly deeper in the soil once it is planted. Thisentimes happens when the home gardener adds or removes soil for planting or moving plants. Theplant will grow up through the soil and find the support it needs. Common plants such as hostas, rhododendrons and azaleas do well this way.


For those gardeners who prefer a more natural style of growing, seeds can be placed in a small clump of soil and covered with a little soil. Over time, through natural selection and mating, the clump creates a more natural growth habit. In moving the plants, simply pick the healthier, more vigorous growing ones and plant them in their place.


For a successful controlled burn, burning dry grasses, use stakes or a cage to hold the plants high enough to burn them, then cover with soil and secure with a bulky weight or wooden stake. A cylinder constructed as a planter can also be used. Large sturdy containers are preferable, since the finished compost will be more uniform in color and size. Avoid wooden or plastic containers which could peppers, cherry or lemon trees grow and possibly rot.


For larger burning beds, use chainsaw to create your mold. First cut a square, or rectangular shaped piece of the fire safe material. Next, attach securely to the base using pieces of wire. Lastly, attach mold pieces to the sides of the rectangular bed. Again, use pieces of wire to attach the pieces together.


Bury the mold pieces entirely within the bed and you have created your own mold for burning. With this method, you need to remove the mold after each year or so as the material breaks down. However, because you are periodically surrounded by the green material, it tends not to be eaten by bugs.


Common materials for mold making include:


Coffee grounds and filters/nutrients/bris


Egg shells


Fingernail clumps


Grass clippings


Ground-up seashells


Shredded newspaper


wood chips


Shredded cardboard


wagon wheels (no rubber tires)


Tea bags


Whistle or wind club


Old bedding plants


Pine needles


Spalks of corn




Chopped leaves


Peanut shells


Newspaper (house-iffed)


ran seeds


Dog food pellets (if pot-ulent)


Oran pipes






Pot (12-20 inches long) or chicken pot






Pruning shears (may be detachable)




Bamboo skewer/sticker


Sharp knife


Globe (pen, pointed sckilled cane, branch, trunk)


Rubber hoses


Sprayer or spray bottle (may be detachable)




Labels (sticker or cheap plastic labels)


pencils, sticks, books


Bucket/ouse/trash can


Old bedding plants




Old branches/stems of trees


Offender apple branches




pots (12-20 inches long) or knapsack


Old knapsack drawers


Tools (some useited;

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