Thursday, September 23, 2010

Small Raised Beds Grow Lots of Food in the City - Urban Permaculture

Urban Garden - Raised Beds
Amazing, simply amazing.  You can grow so, so much food in a small raised urban garden bed in the middle of the city!

A couple important things to remember though - are:
  • Use untreated wood for the walls - I like 2 x 10 pine from the local building store - try and use wood that has been certified as being raised sustainably, such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
  • Make sure you incorporate a well drained material for the base (rock, gravel or sand)
  • Wash your base down real good before adding your growing soil or topsoil to remove any lime or high pH material
  • Add your organic matter, including,
    • mulched leaves (don't use yard waste from yards that spray chemicals)
    • kitchen compost
    • cow or horse manure
    • worm casings
    • and other good organic compost
  • Add your mulch, and 
  • Plant your veggies!
Keep the critters out with a small wire or twine fence and before you know it your raised bed will be producing volumes of greens, peas, beans, okra, eggplant and more!

Happy Urban Gardening!


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