Newspaper or cardboard can be used to block grass and weeds from regrowing.
Steps to a Raised Bed Organic Vegetable Garden
Step 1 Determine what you will be growing
- Sprawling crops like melons may need vertical support.
- Upright crop like tomatoes?
- Space requirements vary.
Step 2 Select site, size, shape and number of beds
- 4x 4 and 4x 8 are ideal for backyard gardens.
- Longer is OK but widths larger than 4 are difficult to access.
- Full sun with late afternoon shade is best.
- Dont hide your garden it can be a pretty part of the landscape.
- Near water source is important.
Step 3 Prepare site
Allow for walkways of shredded native tree trimmings.
Step 4 Purchase materials, construct bed
Level the raised beds.
Step 5 Mulch surrounding walkways
- Native tree trimmings or cedar is best.
- Do not use landscape fabric or plastic, pine bark, cypress, dyed or rubber mulch.
Step 6 Planting and maintenance
- Refer to Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening book for reference and advice.
- Call Howard with questions every Sunday morning 8-11 at 866-444-3478
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