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The raised bed vegetable garden design is a great option for growing vegetables because, no matter where you live, you can use this system. The raised bed vegetable garden can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. As long as you use the principles associated with this type of garden bed then you can expect to get great results with a bounty of fresh healthy vegetables. So if you are a person living on your own or have a family of ten, your raised vegetable garden can cater for your needs. You don't need a big area to have a vegetable garden using the raised system.
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For growing vegetables, the soil doesn't need to be very deep as most vegetables don't have deep roots apart from the root crop vegetables that is and then a depth of about 12 to 15 inches or 30 to 40 centimeters is mostly ample, potatoes are fine as you mound as they grow. You only need your garden bed to be raised to about 12 to 15 inches. The length can be whatever length suits and the width needs to be a comfortable reach for you to the center from both sides without stepping into the bed. The height of the bed should be whatever height suits you. If you don't want to bend over while tending your garden then build your raised bed to a comfortable height that will allow you to tend the vegetables without the need to bend your back.
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If you wish to build your own organic vegetable raised bed, then your options are many. You can use timber, concrete blocks, retainer wall paver blocks, stone. If using timber, only use non-treated timber like a cedar as the treated timbers usually contain toxic substances that can leech out into the soil and you will run the risk of your vegetables taking up the toxins. There are also kits and ready made raised bed vegetable gardens that you can purchase and save the time in building them yourself. Check out your local nursery suppliers or have a shop around online. It is also possible to have this type of garden without solid sides.
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Start with a good layer of gravel for drainage and then mound up the soil you wish to use, make sure you loosen the ground underneath before putting down the soil. As a surround for the bed you could use a thicker border of mulch as an edging. I would only do this if the pathways between the beds were not grass but a mulch or gravel so that weeds or grasses couldn't find their way into the growing area. The pathways can be an attractive and low maintenance option too, especially if you use a wood chip or bark mulch or something like decomposed granite. Raised bed vegetable and herb gardens are meant to be low maintenance. That means by using this system, that is, adding your own soil mix to the beds, the weeds, pests and diseases are all but eliminated.
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Better drainage is another advantage as having the bed raised allows the water to drain away and not leave the plants water-logged. Crop rotation is very important when growing vegetables. Simply put, crop rotation means not growing the same vegetable two years in a row in the same spot. With raised bed vegetable gardens, you can have the beds whatever size you want. Keep in mind that building an elevated garden with this type of raised layout is something similar to growing vegetables in containers only the 'container' can be so much larger. This size should be determined by the size of your family or your vegetable needs.