How to Fill Raised Vegetable Garden Beds and SAVE Money

In this video, I show how you can fill a raised vegetable garden bed and save money on soil costs! In this example, I filled my raised garden bed practically for free!

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10 Reasons why raised beds are the best
Stay positive and build a raised vegetable garden bed
How to quickly prepare a garden bed

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  1. Peter Owens on August 9, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I wondered about the timber containers, do you use treated or untreated boards? Need to say I like your attitude to the worms, it’s east to kill many if care is not taken.

  2. Preacher Paul on August 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm


  3. Kes Montana on August 9, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Very interesting video I’ve got raised beds but they’re made out of what they make with a plastic from farms they will never rot I have used tin corrugated sheets. Wood is a no-no as it rots so quickly even if it is been treated. . Another good thing to build. Raised beds is railway sleepers. They will last for years because they have been treated and they’re so thick. Will you make your choice and pay your money. Good video keep it up

  4. Teresa Montero on August 9, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    This guy is the hardest worker ever — just take a look at those arms and legs! swoon…..

  5. Pranatharthiharan Iyer on August 9, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Drumsticks BIONOMIAL name…. Moringa pterigosperma L. / Moringa oleifera L….. Family…. Cesalpineaceae….. Leguminoceae…..

  6. Tam Bam on August 9, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Mark thank you so much! You’re teaching me how to garden from scratch! I aim to grow as much of my own veggies and fruits and possible. You’re the best!

  7. Kk on August 9, 2020 at 9:28 pm


  8. Cal The Kiwi on August 9, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Brilliant. Keep ‘em coming, Digger🙏

  9. Phoebe Does It on August 9, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    So I have a mulch question: when I built my beds this spring I was really good about adding a super thick layer of old leaves as mulch around all of my plants. But! These leaves were making a great home for all sorts of bugs that almost completely decimated my plants. When I removed the leaves the bug problem mostly corrected itself, but my plants have suffered in other ways now that I don’t have the mulch. Any suggestions on better mulch, or method? It makes me so sad when my plants aren’t happy.

  10. rusty whyte on August 9, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    wont the roots or the tap root go into the logs ?

  11. Luke Boswell on August 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    You have such land when I grow up I wanna have a garden just like yours

  12. Serena B on August 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    have you considered co growing beans with your other plants for the additional nitrogen?

  13. Patty Patterson on August 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Thumbs up to you and your worm buddies. Keep it up.

  14. William Martinez on August 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Full thumbs down under.

  15. Besavilla Coronel on August 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    And it’s good exercise

  16. B Crouch on August 9, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    You created a hookah raised bed I believe it’s called

  17. kristov robson on August 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    He is the man, im a bloke from nz and as trans-tasman rivals in sports and banter i cringe at the fact im calling this fala ‘The Man’, because im hearty kiwi, but, to us the ANZACS for ever we got each other’s backs, "bloody ausies" lol.

  18. Steve Chambers on August 9, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    hi mark, great vid mate. can you please tell me what the mulch is that you put on the bed at the end please. i can see thefirst part of the name but not the second part. it says sugar something. thanks

  19. Besavilla Coronel on August 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I love what your doing sir it’s back to basics which is healthy lifestyle

  20. GAI1234 on August 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Молодец ,ей Богу ,отличный ролик !

  21. Rattlerjake1 on August 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    When I fill my raised beds, I take off the end boards from one end, make a small ram and just run the wheelbarrow right in and dump it. Once it is nearly full I then replace the end boards and finish. Much quicker and easier.

  22. hasanka wijekoon on August 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Mark, the protector of worms

  23. Triny Carrasco on August 9, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Is that Russell Crow? hehehe

  24. Hanafiah Haroon on August 9, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    W O W !!!!!!..Great work..!

  25. ] Mantis-Mike [ on August 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Man y’all got some lively worms in Aussie land. Never seen ove move like that here in Kentucky

  26. Jono B on August 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Id be interested to see how well that bed goes across the coming summer

  27. Ody Fern 777 on August 9, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Good guy, but touching worms is yucky 😦😝

  28. Ram 43x on August 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Ok u have to ask yourself how do these farmers become successful in huge fields of vegetables?? They don’t mix weeds, they don’t mix logs they don’t mix any of that stuff, they keep it simple! Basics!

  29. Tony Aldredge on August 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Great videos, thanks! How would you know if your veggies are lacking nitrogen?

  30. steve willshere on August 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Gday mate. new subscriber here from blighty. you’ve got a thumbs up from me . And some.👍👍👍👍

  31. safi456 on August 9, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    What a useful video! I’ve got a guy coming in ten days to dig up a large patch of weeds and bramble, and he was going to take it away and dispose of it for me, as I’m planning to have raised beds in that area. But now watching this, I think I should save everything he’s going to dig up for my raised beds. Please can you advise me? Most likely there will be a gap of a few weeks between clearing the weeds and getting raised beds. How should I store them until then? In a large bin bag?
    Also, may I ask why you didnt put down a weed membrane first before you started to fill the bed?
    And lastly, why do you top the bed with mulch? Is it absolutely necessary or could I start planting straight away into the soil?
    Thank you!

  32. Pranatharthiharan Iyer on August 9, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Mr Mark Good morning…. Under Green leafy veggies…. Drumstick plant can be grown and leaves & fruits… Drumsticks can be used……

  33. Hester Samuel on August 9, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve started to do my beds like this because of him

  34. Jeremy Rodriguez on August 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    How ironic that the ad that played on this video was against raised garden beds.

  35. trudi8au on August 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    This is a great video for those of us new to growing our veggies. My question is how do you stop lawn growing up into the garden bed? I have used matting etc but no luck, my next plan is to pave or compact limestone down and then put a garden bed on top to try and stop it 😁

  36. Rick Harker on August 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    We’ve just bought a couple of Birdies planters (his and hers, veggies/flowers) and great info from you here. Thanks Mark.

  37. Dog on August 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    You’re like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Home Garden!

  38. Edward on August 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    @ New Orleans @t

  39. Justin Miller on August 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    You’re using galvanized steel that leaches deadly material into the soil as it rusts, as well as treated lumber inside your raised beds.

    And I’m suppose to take advice from you? Wow,
    No thanks. You do need to think more about what you’re doing.

  40. Barry Watler on August 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Hi I have watched this before and do subscribe just wanted to ask are the posts in the ground if so what depth or is the bed just sitting on the ground Cheers

  41. Juan Torres on August 9, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Mr self sufficient, what are the dimensions of this wooden raised bed?

  42. Butch 78 on August 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Interesting but in the average garden, just where is all that " fill" going to come from. I’ve a fairly big garden but would need to dig most of it up for that much. Idea…if you want a tall raised bed, put base boards half way up. Worked for me. Cheers.

  43. Arya Nanda on August 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Its nice Mate,what are plantations You growed usually here,thanks greeting from Bali.

  44. Dave Ohhh on August 9, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Congrats on your successful youtube channel

  45. KLo 2daMax on August 9, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Great video! 👍🏽

  46. gottagetta1 on August 9, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I love your videos.
    Question: do you need to do anything to the wood frame to prevent any contaminates from the wood?

  47. databang on August 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    🦻I appreciate the attention to your subtitles, “leaves crunch”, “soil falls into wheelbarrow”, “spade scrapes against the wheelbarrow”, “spade crunches into soil”, “birds chirp”, “water sprays”.

  48. Beautiful Souls on August 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome Job Subbed Love The Content Greetz From Ireland

  49. Kris Crichton on August 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I love this content ! Awesome mate keep up the good work ! Very inspiring !

  50. Gerri WithAnI on August 9, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    But . But . But you/he didnt describe exactly WHAT WAS IN THAT MULCH??? ALL STRAW? I cd be wrong, but It looked more broken down than from a bale of straw. I HOPE YOU SEE THIS – THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL IDEA and so well presented.

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