QUESTION: Are cinder blocks safe for gardening? I've heard they can be bad for you and you aren't supposed to use them, but I see raised bed gardens made of them all the time. Is it not a big deal? - Jackie K GARDENING CHANNEL REPLIES: The short answer to this question is, it … [Read more...]
9 Things to Put at the Bottom of a Raised Garden Bed
by Bethany Hayes Raised garden beds are slowly growing in popularity; it has several advantages over in-ground gardening. One of the most common questions about raised bed gardening is what you need to put at the bottom of a raised garden bed. Putting a barrier at the … [Read more...]
How Should Raised Beds Be Oriented?
QUESTION: I’m setting up my first raised bed garden, and I need to know how to orient the beds. Should they run east-west or north-south? ANSWER: There are a few rules of thumb you can refer to when you’re plotting out a raised bed garden. However, the very best way to … [Read more...]
Should I Put Cardboard In Raised Beds?
QUESTION: Should I put cardboard in raised beds? I don't want to use that plastic weed barrier stuff. - Hannah G. ANSWER: Cardboard is a great resource to use in raised beds, especially when you are trying to save money on supplies. Cardboard can be purchased very cheaply from … [Read more...]
What’s the Best Mulch for Raised Bed Gardens?
QUESTION: How do I know which type of mulch is the best kind to use in a raised bed garden? I’m growing vegetables in a raised bed this year and am not sure which type of mulch to use. — Lorna R. ANSWER: There’s no one answer when it comes to the best mulch to use in a raised … [Read more...]