raised bed gardening

Organic Gardening – How to Improve your Soil Easily

One of the best ways to improve your soil quality is to build raised beds. A raised bed can be anywhere from three inches high to 3-4 feet high. You can make edges for the beds to hold the soil in place or slant the soil and tamp in place. I myself prefer edging. The shallower beds make fast new gardens and are placed in areas where the soil is ok but just needs new nutrients for better crops. The three to four foot gardens are placed in areas...

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Creative Gardening – Taking on and conquering Mother Nature

How do you deal with weather changes?  In my Zone 5 climate, spring in particular can be a real challenge. It used to be you never planted in my area until May 31st if you wanted to make sure your crops were safe from frost.In the last few years out climate has changed, plus I get impatient to plant and cheat the weather by using row covers, cold frames, hot beds and other creative garden covers. This spring we had a beautiful early spring...

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Creative Gardening – Spill Over Garden serves a purpose

In my last post http://thegardenersrake.com/a-gardeners-dream-free-dirt-delivered I mentioned a Spill over garden. Exactly what is a spill over garden? It can mean several different things but in my yard it’s a garden that has my extra plants, unique plants and foraged plants. You never know what may be growing in this garden. It never fails I tend to have too many tomatoes and a few extra gourds. A trip downtown will lead to rescued plants or...

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A Gardener’s Dream: Free Dirt Delivered.

My life has had many twists and turns lately. I have just taken the attitude of sit back and see what happens. Thursday morning I heard strange noises outdoors. A large truck was slowing down and entering my new parking area. The truck started dumping dirt and I knew that my morning would take a different turn. I called my brother to see if he had anything to do with it and had just forgotten to tell me. I was correct, my brother was redoing the...

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Container Gardens, Raised Beds and Square Foot Gardening benefits

I use Container Gardens, Raised Beds and Square foot gardening techniques in my gardens. I have found by using these styles of gardening I can increase my crops in small areas and my crops produce better and my plants are healthier. It also takes less time. Below is an eCourse I offered on Square Foot Gardening. I have put all the urls into one post for fast and easy...

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How to Plant Square Foot Gardens : How to Water Square Foot Gardens

Watering is very important in gardening. Too much and the roots cannot breath properly, which will lead to sick plants. Too little water and the plants will not produce a large harvest or lots of blooms. Square foot gardens are watered differently than a regular garden. Being small they do not really need a water hose or sprinkler. They also may dry out a little faster so use a mulch to help retain water in the soil. Below are a few watering...

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