In The Garden: Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), July 3rd:

Many urban and suburban gardeners may believe that there is no room for vegetables in their yards.  A successful vegetable garden is dependent on many things—adequate sun, sufficient water, pest and weed control, and appropriate rotation of crops.  Square foot gardening is a system that is designed to simplify vegetable gardening while at the same time increasing the yield.  It is also a way to optimize space and reduce effort. Using these techniques, gardeners can grow vegetables in attractive raised beds that are either solely dedicated to vegetables or include a mix of vegetables and flowers.

At the MGNV Organic Vegetable Garden in Potomac Overlook Park we have a variety of vegetable growing in our raised bed garden.  These include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, radishes, lettuce, squash, and a watermelon plant.

Building your Raised Bed

  • Identify appropriate spot.  Vegetables need sun to thrive.  Fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes need at least 8 hours per day, rooting vegetables and leaf vegetables need less.
  • Build your bed.  Experts recommend building a bed of at least six inches of depth.
  • Add soil.  You can buy soil mixed specifically for raised beds or mix your own. 
  • Plan your garden.  Consider season and rotation of plants.
  • Select plants.  Seeds can be started indoors or directly sown.

For more information….

Bartholomew, Mel. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space. Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2006.

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