Raised Garden Beds

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  2. Vegetable Garden Protection
  3. Eliminating Earwigs
  4. Filling Box With Soil
  5. Clay in Raised Beds
  6. I Have a Raised Veggie Garden Bed Apx 10×12, My Soil Is Sand and Clay.
  7. I Have Raised Beds and Think We Have Too Much Nitrogen
Asked by Anonymous on November 29, 2010
Raised Garden Bed

I wish to build a garden bed that is raised above the ground on legs – maybe 2 ft from the ground and I need an idea for a base which the soil will sit on. Can you help?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Most of the time, for a bed like this, people simply build a wood box. But, I have also seen people use the steel watering/feeding troughs that they sell at feed stores.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 29, 2010
Vegetable Garden Protection

When building raised vegetable garden boxes (1/2 in ground, 1/2 above), do I need to put down any plastic or other barrier? What about chicken wire to keep out gophers?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Some people do use plastic, but that is more to keep deep rooted weeds from growing up through the bed. If you decide to do this, be aware that the plastic can restrict the roots of your plants. It is probably not needed unless you had a serious weed problem where the beds are now.

Chicken wire buried around the beds is an excellent way to keep digging critters out of the bed. It will not harm your plants. You will want to bury the chicken wire 1-2 feet to be effective against digging animals.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 29, 2010
Eliminating Earwigs

What sprays can you use to get rid of earwigs? They seem to be particularly bad this year in my raised vegetable garden beds. Is there a better way to eliminate these pests?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would recommend neem oil. It is safe for people, pets and beneficial bugs but kills most of the bad bugs. Here is more information on it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 1, 2011
Filling Box With Soil

Would it be appropriate to first lay a layer of rocks at the bottom of a raised garden box and then put in the soil (similar to planting house plants in pots)?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you have clay soil, this is a great idea as it will help with drainage. It is less necessary for other soils, but can't hurt to have that extra drainage in place.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 5, 2011
Clay in Raised Beds

I’m going to make raised garden beds and was wondering since under the beds is clay, do I need to put a layer of rocks for drainage?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you have clay soil, this is a great idea as it will help with drainage. It is less necessary for other soils, but can't hurt to have that extra drainage in place. In addition, you may want to consider amending the clay soil. This article should help with tips for doing that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

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Asked by brandymotes on March 4, 2011
I Have a Raised Veggie Garden Bed Apx 10×12, My Soil Is Sand and Clay.

How can I amend my soil? It’s pale and drains too fast. My plants last yr did hardly anything. It stays compacted. HELP!!!!!!

Asked by nashdeg on March 6, 2011
I Have Raised Beds and Think We Have Too Much Nitrogen

I have raised beds and think we have too much nitrogen since the plants are green and lush but do not produce much fruit and vegetables. Do you have any ideas for this season?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Add phosphorus to the soil to help re-balance it. Bone meal is a good source of phosphorus. Here is an article with other suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/too-much-nitrogen-soil.htm

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