Your First Vegetable Garden?: A Quick Overview of Raised Bed Gardens – Tips, Purpose & Design

Your First Vegetable Garden?: A Quick Overview of Raised Bed Gardens – Tips, Purpose & Design

I will be doing several videos to highlight different garden beds, styles, planting and care as a way to help new gardeners get ideas on how they may like to build their first gardens. This is about the basics of raised beds. You can always find more detailed videos on my YT channel.

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50 Comments

  1. Jennifer Lavoie on October 17, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Congrats on 200 000 subscribers! I know you were looking forward to the milestone. Also, awesome start to the homestead garden and a great informative video as usual!

  2. Danette Warner on October 17, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Great vidio, what is the tallest youd make a raised bed, my knees and back are demandin
    i switch to one?

  3. East Mesa Urban Homestead on October 17, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Great starter video Gary. When does the grow off start for the tomatoes?

  4. S B on October 17, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Thinking about next year gardening. I planted a lot of containers this year. Can I re-use the soil? Would I just need to rotate vegetables so I’m not planting the same vegetables in the same containers, for a second year? What would you advise?

    Can a person use pallet wood to make raised beds? I love your videos!

  5. David Davis on October 17, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Use to help parents and neighbors with garden prep when young. Depends on where you live and soil. Here they all turned in sheep manure months before planting then lime month before. Grew things like crazy here. Just depends on the soil used.

  6. nordika d on October 17, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Hi Gary, I’m converting my sandbox to a raised garden bed. I’ve taken out the majority of the sand but there is a 1/2 foot of sand remaining. I have room to put 12 inches of soil on top of that sand. Will it be ok to leave the sand or should i remove it all? Thanks!

  7. Adrian Rosales on October 17, 2019 at 4:32 am

    How can i prevent strong winds from damaging my crops in my raised beds?

  8. Chris M on October 17, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Couple questions: 1) I bought untreated fir for my boxes and am planning to stain–what do you recommend? 2) I have thick grass and weeds that I am building on top of. I plan to put down cardboard within the garden, but am not sure how to deal with the area between the garden box and the fence. I was going to just go right against the wire fence, but now am rethinking access…

  9. Vladimir on October 17, 2019 at 4:32 am

    What is the purpose of the small pieces of wood at the corners of the raised beds?

  10. muf fin on October 17, 2019 at 4:36 am

    How to battle ants ? How harmful are they to Cilantro, Tomatoes and Pepper plants

  11. Keyron McBean on October 17, 2019 at 4:37 am

    how do I prepare the drainage in the raised beds

  12. N P on October 17, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Gary, how close to my house can the raised bed be located? I don’t want it to close to my foundation 😕

  13. chef 204 on October 17, 2019 at 4:43 am

    I really enjoy your channel. Thank you! I am doing raised beds for the first Tim this year. I filled them with 50/50 compost and top soil. When planting would I also use an organic fertilizer, or will the compost be enough? Thank you

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  15. Dan C on October 17, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I just made a 4′ X 8′ raised bed in my front yard where i think i have the most sun. I planted 2 jalapeno pepper plants and 1 Green bell in (1) 4′ row. Id like to do some more peppers and possibly tomatoes in the same bed. How should i arrange these and is there enough space ? I would love your input. Thank you,

  16. Tracy Ruth on October 17, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Hi Gary…I plan to make a few rectangular raised beds with a trellis in the middle of the beds and plant on both sides….which is the best direction to face the beds so nothing gets shaded out? Thanks in advance😁

  17. hypersapien on October 17, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I just built my raised beds and filled them with soil this last weekend! I put a little extra effort into making them 2 feet tall, in hopes that I will be more motivated to manage weeding if it is less of a burden to bend down as far.

  18. Leasha413 on October 17, 2019 at 4:46 am

    My bed is 12 inches deep, how many inches high should the soil be?

  19. Kamila Szeląg on October 17, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Hi Gary, great channel. I am just starting my journey with gardening in zone 10. Do you think raised garden beds would be good for cherry tomatoes ? Or would it be better to keep them in containers ? Where I live we have only coarse sand/ loamy coarse sand :/

  20. Firedragon 111 on October 17, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Robert Doyle, Troon, Scotland
    Hi, enjoyed your ‘no frills’ guide to raised bed gardening and will look in again to compare my efforts with yours:)
    Thanks

  21. Tom Beilman on October 17, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Have you tried using mushroom compost in the bag on raised beds

  22. Nancy V on October 17, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Great and very informative videos. Thank you Gary! So inspiring, I started seeds a week ago, so far so good. Raised bed is next.

  23. Myeloman on October 17, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I don’t know what the treated lumber here in California is treated with but it does NOT look like that, and if I ever get a splinter from it it gets really nasty and starts to fester. Whatever it is they treat it with, I’m not growing food anywhere near it. That said, I am very fortunate to be able to get redwood for comparable prices and it lasts just as long and is 100% all natural and biodegradable.

    One thing I would add, when you first described the sizes of your beds you were a bit confusing. I would say beds should not be more than four feet wide, and the length can be as long as you want, within reason. I have two 4×10′ beds and two 4×12′, with 2-3′ between them in case I need to get something like a wheelbarrow through to the back. They are 2-2×6’s high and there’s one cross piece in the center to keep the sides from bowing out. Otherwise, they’re super easy to build. Oh, and I used stainless steel screws so they don’t rust. 😉

  24. Laura Frey on October 17, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Thank you. For many, that would be too close to the fence. I did my first raised bed this year, and it is too close to my fence (about the same as yours). While I can fit back there, I can’t work back there – so I am having a difficult time pruning and harvesting my crops. After this growing season, I will move it a few feet away from the fence – far enough to run my lawn mower through or lay 2’×2′ concrete squares. Both would give me room to work, and allow me to manage the grass and weed growth between the bed and the fence.

  25. Harry Rea on October 17, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Is it safe to use MCA pressure treated lumber for raised beds for vegetables?

  26. Virginia Boyd on October 17, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Great video. Very informative.

  27. James Pitt on October 17, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Let me know which of the below can be improved and why? Thanks

    Some Americans use;
    1. Top soil 50% (for mixing in with the compost).
    2. Compost 30% (nutrients this will compress on further decomposing).
    3. Worm castings 5% (worm waste for nutrients).
    3. Rock dust 5% (a to z of all minerals)
    4. Mushroom compost 5% (more nutrients)
    5. Coconut coir 5% (help retain moisture)

    Mixed in so that the top 12 inches are the most nutrient dense (as the roots grow about 12 inches deep) and anything below this (another 3 – 12 inches) this is mainly top soil / or some coconut coir to retain the moisture.

    Finally :
    6. Wood chips (to cover the top of the soil around the plants, to retain the moisture inside).
    7. Pond water (more natural nutrients to water the growth. Or rain water, as they are both (esp pond water) a lot better then tap water which has chlorine and waste harmful substances).
    8. Some worms (to keep soil loose and more benefits).
    9. Others even put a green house cover on top to keep the heat in. Or a metal mesh cover to keep unwanted pests away.
    10. Talk to the plants to create a bond.

    11. Timing is everything, plant and mix correctly keep in sunlight and correct stable temperature.

    Please add or edit anything which you seem appropriate to make it better?

  28. Jo Anne Murphy on October 17, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I do the same with my tools, I’m terrible about it! With the evil bermuda grass in my garden area I also put cardboard and then mulch in all my pathways, now I can spot it and get it out before it invades. I love the fence. Everything is looking great. <3

  29. Heather Smith on October 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for the video! I just started my raised beds, and several neighborhood cats keep using them as a litter box 🙁 I tried using a liquid fence to deter them with smell, but they just walked right over it the same day I sprayed when I was not there. I am growing tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers. I try to dig out the cat poop, but I have heard nothing will grow there. Any suggestions that would protect all my babies, and still allow me access to garden?

  30. Meta M on October 17, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I’m a new subscriber from the other day. And also a newbie on gardening. I love this guide as this is how I’m going to start with, raised bed gardens since my garden is tropical and I don’t want anything touches my vegetables. Thank you and looking forward to start the soonest possible.

  31. Jeremy Alford on October 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Did he say 4×4 rectangle?

  32. TheGRUMPSY on October 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Thanks so much Gary.
    I live in zone 9A and just started a garden. Tomatoes and peppers. I have watched everything you have on youtube and your in depth instuctions are great
    Thank you

  33. Straw Bale Gardening Australia on October 17, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I’d go straw bales cheaper no tilling no weeds no soil borne diseases sustainable

  34. Argent Draconis on October 17, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Hey Gary, about how soon after putting down the cardboard and soil can you plant? I’m making a raised Container garden this year with totes that have the bottoms cut out. (can’t afford pressure treated wood this year and I got the totes for free). I want to go ahead and start getting them ready this week, but I will be planting the first week of April, so I’m wondering if 2 weeks will be enough time, or if I should punch a few holes in the cardboard for the roots to start going through down into the ground beneath. Will be planting peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos in them.

  35. Ty Goodman on October 17, 2019 at 5:09 am

    New garden looks great. Do you recommend raised beds in a high tunnel? I have learned a lot watching your channel thank you for posting.

  36. Lena Hall on October 17, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Always

  37. Backyard Organics on October 17, 2019 at 5:15 am

    This comment doesn’t exactly pertain to this video but I’ve watched 90% of your videos as I begin my own garde and you’ve been a huge help. Quick question: can I plant green lentils anywhere around tomatoes or is this a bad idea?

  38. LARRY'S BRAIN on October 17, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Excellent, Gary! I’d bet that your plants are going to do very well! Good luck, this season.

  39. Mike Savage on October 17, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Use rough cut hemlock for your bed its cheep

  40. Amy A on October 17, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I’m a brand new Gardner and questioning if this is enough soil for all plants or do others need more? Specifically asking about green beans, this is enough soil to grow in? Planning on planting rattlesnake beans with this method.

  41. Eduardo Quintero on October 17, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Hey Gary what is this sugary white thing on my pepper seedling it’s rough like sandpaper

  42. Lena Hall on October 17, 2019 at 5:18 am

    I am so ready to get started i live in N.E Ohio ill start beginning in april

  43. tauruskatt1 on October 17, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Perfect timing! I’m seed starting indoors now to restart a raised bed from a previous homeowner this spring that’s been, uh, "resting" for a couple years, lol. I de-weeded it well last fall and the poor thing is 40% moss-covered now, so this’ll be a fun mystery to solve! Really appreciate having a knowledgeable fellow Marylander, it’s hard to thread that needle of when to start and when to transplant.

  44. Sajad Ahmed on October 17, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Hi Gary your raised beds look amazing looking forward to seeing what you grow in them. Good luck.

  45. Yvencia Simmons on October 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Love the videos

  46. BIG LOU 44 on October 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Nice👍👍👍🙏👀👀

  47. Seth J. Gillihan on October 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Thanks so much Gary. I built raised beds this winter that are about 11 inches tall. Is it OK to plop the dirt and compost right on top of the sod, assuming drainage isn’t an issue, or do I need to do either cardboard over it or turn it over? Thank you!

  48. Victoria Jackson on October 17, 2019 at 5:22 am

    we get a lot of rain in our area (Dallas) so I’m assuming can’t do this?

  49. Brenda Hibner on October 17, 2019 at 5:25 am

    What are your thoughts on the cloth raised beds like the big bag bed?

  50. Gary Klingelsmith on October 17, 2019 at 5:26 am

    My 12" deep raised beds are full after adding 3" of compost and mulch. What do you suggest for next year? Do I remove some soil and add more compost or add additional height (6") to the beds?

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