How to Create Raised Vegetable Plant Beds

raised_beds-gardenMy brother and sister-in- law are trying to cut the cost of buying vegetables this summer and they have plenty of space in their yard for raised beds. This is their first year with a vegetable garden and they want to get it right. The first mistake was asking me for advice. I wear glasses but it doesn’t mean I am that smart. However, I have to keep up that persona because I am still trying to impress them.

I talked to Kristi, the plant doctor, about what they need for the raised vegetable beds.

Step 1: Make your boxes. The wood needs to be treated if you want it to last for a long time. Otherwise, the pressure from moist soil and water will destroy it.

Step 2: Line the bottom with newspaper. This will keep weeds from popping up and it also decomposes.

Step 3: Build up the soil in the boxes. The bottom half with top soil.

Step 4: Fill the top half with a mix of compost and manure or peat moss

Step 5: Top dress with a quarter inch to half inch of Dairy Doo. This is a soil amendment Dairy Doo Compostthat provides carbon, minerals and biology; you don’t need a lot. My family is planning on doing vegetables in their raised beds, so I recommend the Dairy Doo. You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” the same goes for plants. They need nutrient rich soil to be stronger and healthier too.

soaker hoseStep 6: WATER IT! It is so easy to go on summer vacation and forget all about your plants. Call a friend to be a pet and plant sitter before you go away. The easiest thing to do is buy a soaker hose…water seeps out of it and soaks the base of those plants right to the roots.


Step 7: Fertilizer. Some people grow vegetables because they want more organic diets.  Dr. Earth, Espoma, or Ecoscraps are natural solutions to fertilize with.