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  1. #1
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    Feb 2009
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    Raised Bed Vegatable Gardening

    I would like to see a discussion on Raised Bed Vegatable Gardening. If it is already here I must have missed it.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Struer, Denmark
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    Here are my thoughts on raised beds:

    Advantages:
    - No matter how bad your existing soil is, you can just build a raised bed on top of it, with new soil in it.
    - Good for your back, if you build a high enough bed
    - Less likely to suffer from soil compaction because there's a clear boundary between walking areas and growing areas
    - Gives you another excuse to spend most of your time outside in the garden ;-)

    Disadvantages:
    - Costs more than usual row gardening
    - It takes time to build raised beds
    - Must be made of high quality wood in order to survive the weather

  3. #3
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    Sep 2003
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    Maryland zone 7
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    I agree with Thomas.

    Newt

  4. #4
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    Maine
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    Raised Bed Gardening

    I love raised bed gardening!
    I have eight beds; four foot wide by eight foot long by two foot high.
    They are still snow-covered and awaiting the warmth of the sun [as am I]!

  5. #5
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    Hi Steamheater,

    What are your raised beds constructed from?

    Newt

  6. #6
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    Mar 2009
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    Maine
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    Newt,
    The beds are constructed of 2" x 12" CA [copper azone] lumber. I know that treated lumber is considered a "no-no" by some but I believe that what I am utilizing is the best alternative.
    Hopefully, I am right.
    Art

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