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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Raised Beds: Gardening the Easy Way
Over the last 15 years in Tennessee we have lived in 4
different homes and that means we have had 4 different size gardens. We had a huge garden in our first home, a
medium size garden then a much smaller one…our current garden is the smallest
and it produces as much as we need plus more.
Three summers ago, when we moved in, we had someone build
us araised bed. Our big mistake is that
it is only three rows high. If we had
gone two more rows higher there would have been a lot less being over. When you are our ages bending over for long
periods of time is a killer!
2016 Lettuce Crop being planted
This raised bed garden is filled with mushroom mulch
which came from a mushroom farm in Loudon County, TN. We call it miracle dirt! You can buy it by the bag at garden centers
or at Lowe’s if you aren’t near a mushroom farm.
We don’t really know the chemical compounds of mushroom
mulch, but we do know that we get enough veggies out of our little 8 x 16
raised bed for us and the neighbors. The
lettuce crop that we harvest is amazing and things grow fast! We have no need to add any enhancers or feed
Do we still get weeds?
Yes, unfortunately we do, that’s a given. However, since the mushroom mulch is very
soft it’s quite easy to get the weeds out.
You treat it just like any veggie garden, but you get better results.
If you are thinking about a garden and wonder if a raised
bed is ‘good enough’, it is. You can
make it yourself, have one made or you can even buy raised beds online but they
Raised Bed last July, it is loaded with good stuff!
My husband planted lettuce before we had two frosts, he
covered the plants, and we did manage to save a few and they are producing, we
already had a fresh garden salad a few days ago. The lettuce crop will go on for most of the
We have carrots and Swiss chard and sweet potato planted
so far. We will be putting in a few tomato
plants very shortly. You can plant most
any veggie, but remember corn wouldn’t do well unless your raised bed was very
First Garden Salad of the Season!
If you aren’t into growing your own salad but would
prefer a flower garden, it would work for that too. You can put one wherever you want and make it whatever size you need. We have 8
acres but our little raised bed is perfect for us and it might be perfect for