Complete Raised Bed Garden Install: Construction, Soil, Drip Irrigation + More

Source: GrowingYourGreens
April 7, 2017

John from shows you how to install a complete raised bed patio garden from start to finish.

In this episode, John will first assess the patio space and figure out the best layout taking into consideration the sun and shade. He will then go to the local Home Depot and pick up all the wood, soil, screws, irrigation supplies, and plants.

You will learn what different products John bought and why they are important to your success as a beginner gardener.

Next, John will show you how easy it is to build a 12″ high raised bed garden using some pre-cut lumber from home depot and a cordless drill.

You will then discover the importance of selecting the best vegetable gardening soil you can to grow your food. You will discover John’s favorite brand of bagged soil products as well as some other critical soil amendments you should include in your raised beds to maximize the health and yield of your plants. You will learn the specific measurements of home much of the different soil amendments are being added to the soil mixture.

Next, you will discover the best low-cost kit that will allow you to easily install a drip irrigation system in your raised bed garden as well as an automatic water timer that will water your plants so that you don’t have to. You will learn how to make a plan for the drip irrigation tubing and why it is important to have a water filter to remove some of the contaminants and chemicals in the water.

Next, you will learn how to plant the plants in the new garden as well as the importance of proper plant spacing.

Finally, John will show how to install a drip emitter into the drip tubing to ensure your plants are getting the water they need to thrive.

Finally, John will sit down with the renter, Rachel Stewart who just got her garden installed as well as Josh Cunnings from the Boogie Brew Company to ask them some questions.

1:00:35 Interview Starts
1:03:08 Why did you want to put in a garden in Las Vegas?
1:06:22 What was the one food you cut out of your diet that made a big difference in your health?
1:09:00 What did you do wrong when gardening in Las Vegas previously?
1:18:08 How do you activate the microbial web in your garden?
1:27:27 Do you have any questions you want to ask me about gardening?
1:29:57 How do you set the irrigation system times?
1:36:21 Any final comments for my viewers or questions for me?
1:38:30 Any final comments Josh?

After watching this episode, you will learn how you can easily plan, build, select your soil, install an irrigation system, plant your plants and everything you need to know so you can be empowered to install your own raised bed garden in your patio or backyard.

These raised bed gardening tricks beat traditional gardening every time

Image: These raised bed gardening tricks beat traditional gardening every time
Russel Davis
March 26, 2017

Raised bed gardening has been in practice among agriculture enthusiasts for years. Simply put, raised bed gardening is a method that makes use of elevated garden beds to cultivate a variety of crops. Modern raised bed gardens use frames of wood, concrete blocks or timber, and are relatively easy to construct. Gardeners have touted the many benefits of raised bed gardens such as better drainage, increased production and improved aeration.

Raised beds vs. traditional gardens

Raised bed gardening continues to gain traction among gardening aficionados due to a number of benefits that the method possesses compared with traditional in-ground gardening. An article in Natural Living Ideas lists down a slew of important benefits that both amateur and professional gardeners may gain using the raised bed method.

According to the article, raised bed gardening provides better drainage than traditional gardening. The loose texture of soils used in raised bed gardens seeps water, thereby preventing the essential top soil from being eroded. Raised beds also tend to retain soil moisture more effectively than traditional in-ground gardening. This prevents the soil from drying out and subsequently provides enough water for the plans.

In the same manner, the elevated soil allows excess water to be quickly drained from the bed. This makes raised bed gardens popular among tropical areas with heavy rainfall.

Raised bed gardens also provide better aeration for the plants. The loose soil used in raised bed gardens allow better air circulation in the roots. Loose soil also allow air pockets of nitrogen to be converted into essential minerals. The loose soil in raised beds also allow plant roots to spread in every direction, giving them greater access to water and essential minerals in the soil. A well-developed root system helps the plants to yield more produce.

The soil texture in traditional gardens tend to go compacted over time. In contrast, the elevation that raised beds provide discourage animals and humans from casually stepping on the ground, thereby preventing soil compaction.

Compared with traditional in-ground gardening, raised bed provide better opportunities for weed control. Raised beds encounter fewer weeds due to their elevation. The loose soil in raised beds also allow gardeners to easily pull out weeds that sprout from time to time. Raised beds also require plants to be planted right next to each other, which instantly suffocates weeds. (RELATED: Find more news about homesteading and off-grid living at

Pests are also easier to control in raised beds than traditional gardens. Pests normally access plant patches by crawling on the ground. The elevation that raised beds provide, as well as the framing that surrounds it, deters pests from attacking the plants.  Placing a wire netting at the base of raised bed gardens may also discourage burrowing animals from running into the plants.

Raised bed gardens also gives gardeners a significantly better yield compared with traditional gardening. Intensive culture, good soil aeration and better root run contribute to this result. Unlike traditional in-ground gardening, raised beds also facilitate faster thawing during spring. This enables gardeners to plant their seedlings earlier. Raised beds may also help extend the plant’s growing season through the use of additional implements such as hoop covers.

In addition, raised bed gardens provide gardeners with great portability. Beds that are not getting enough sunlight, for example, can be easily dragged to another location. The framing can also be easily dismantled, while the contents such as soil and plants can be easily transferred. In addition, raised beds can be practically placed on existing patch or ground. This makes raised beds a convenient method as there is no need to dig up the patch and clear the sods. Traditional in-ground gardening does not provide the same benefit.

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My Community Plot 2016 E-6: Building & Filling Raised Beds, Asparagus Transplants, An Organic Feed

Source: TheRustedGarden
Gary Pilarchik
December 5, 2016

This is the last video in my community plot series for 2016. I show you how to build, fill and plant a raised bed, transplant asparagus and winterize the garden with an organic feeding of fertilizer. Basically clean it up, feed it, turn it and come spring my beds are ready to grow.

How to Prepare Your Raised Bed Garden for the Winter Season

Source: GrowingYourGreens
December 1, 2016

John from goes on a field trip to the  wasatch community garden in downtown salt lake city and share the crops that grew best in the summer and explains how to best prepare your raised bed garden for the winter.

In this episode, John re-visits a community garden that he visited in 2010. He will first give you a tour of some of the vegetables, herbs and fruits that did the best in Salt Lake City, and should do well in many climates as these are some of the most hardy crops you can grow.

Along the way, John shares with you some of his insights and information about growing food, preserving food and preparing food. John will also share many of his gardening tips with you.

Next, at 20:36 John will share with you how he would prepare his raised beds for the winter season if he lived in Salt Lake City, Utah or other climate where people normally don’t grow a vegetable garden in the winter time. You will also learn how he prepares his bed for the next planting season because he grows year round.

How To Space Your Plants When Growing In A Raised Bed Garden

Source: GrowingYourGreens
August 5, 2016

John from shares with you everything you wanted to know about plant spacing when growing in a raised bed garden. He will also share with you how he feeds his dog, Oakley.

In this episode, at a viewers request, John gives you a garden tour of his garden with a tape measure to show you how he spaces the vegetables he is growing in his square foot raised bed garden.

You will learn how to space out various summer crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, sunchokes, kale, and much, much more.

Along the way John will also share many of his square foot vegetable gardening tips and tricks he has learned over the years.

You will discover why John doesn’t always use the recommended square foot garden spacing and the benefits of deviating from the recommended spacing.

You also get to see what John is growing in his summer garden this year.

Finally, John will take you inside and share with you his OPINIONS on what he feeds his dog, Oakley. You will learn John’s thoughts on what most animals on earth should eat to have the highest level of health.. Hint: Its NOT GMO FooDS!

After watching this episode, you will have a better understanding of plant spacing when growing in an urban square foot raised bed garden as well as what you might want to feed your dog for health and longevity.

Cinder Block Raised Garden Without Mortar 2-Year Update
June 28, 2016

John from gives you an update on his mortar free raised bed garden and how it is holding up. You will discover how after 2 years his raised bed is holding or not holding up.

In this episode, John will show you some of the problems he has experienced with the raised bed without using mortar. You will learn why these 30 pound block fell over and were moved out of place.

You will also discover John’s opinions on fly ash, a product that may be used to create the concrete blocks.

Next, you will learn how John is repairing his mortar-free raised bed garden and specifically why this section of wall fell.

After watching this episode, you will learn if you should have a raised bed garden without using mortar and how it is expected to hold up.

Doctors Grow and Eat Plants for the Most Health Benefits

Source: GrowingYourGreens
April 1, 2016

John from goes on a field trip to visit his friends, Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. home, who he helped them build and start to grow their vegetable garden in 2010. In this episode, you will get the 6 year update on how their garden is growing, and what they are still growing this time of year.

You will discover the Dina’s favorite vegetable they grow that provides them year-round nutrient-dense food to eat year round that has been growing for 6 years.. You will discover how easy it is to propogate purple perennial tree collards by taking tip cuttings, and putting them in water until they root and then transplanting them into 4″ pots. You will also discover why they started this year making their compost and how they can ensure it is ready sooner rather than later.

Finally, John will interview Dr. Rick Dina, D.c. and ask him the following questions:
16:10 Why did you decide to start gardening and grow your own food?
17:40 Why are Tree Collards Greens so important?
19:14 Why should people grow and eat leafy greens?
23:10 Can you get enough protein from greens and other foods from your garden?
24:25 How can someone eat more greens in their diet?
28:25 Why is eating more plants important?
31:41 What dietary lifestyle do you recommend to people?
36:53 Tell me more about the upcoming free health summit you and your wife are having?
39:36 Any final tips for my viewers?
41:08 How can people get ahold of you for nutritional consulting?