Raised Bed Gardening – How To Start A Garden With Raised Beds

Raised Bed Gardening – How To Start A Garden With Raised Beds


In today’s video we will see
How to convert something that looks like this To This
And if you follow the video instructions correctly I’m sure you will be able to convert your
lawn into a beautiful garden with raised beds So our first step is to carefully look at
our area That we are going to be putting our raised
beds on And then try to mark out the area
To see where your beds are going to go You can use any kind of marker to mark the
area Use some stakes or poles to get an idea of
where the beds are going to go
And once you do that You’ll have a fairly good idea of the spacing
The raised beds that we are going to use come in 4 feet increments
So you could use a 4 feet x 4 feet or 4 feet by 8 feet
So depending on the area that you have You can mark your spaces accordingly
So the raised beds that we are gonna use is from Greenes Fence
Its a company that makes easy to assemble raised beds
And you can get kits in various sizes So the most common sizes are 4×4 and 4×8
So its 4 feet by 4 feet or 4 feet by 8 feet And the beds have a height of about 10.5 inches
So let’s look at our package It comes neatly packaged with all the parts
that are needed to assemble the bed And there are many options available for raised
beds You can get very expensive raised beds
And very cheap raised beds as well But the kind of raised beds that I wanted
was that it should be easy to assemble And it should be made of a material
That resists moisture and other elements So the one that we have from Greenes Fence
is made of Cedar And the assemble takes just minutes as you’ll
soon find out So you can see all the parts that are laid
out here It also comes with some screws that you can
use to fasten the top with the stakes And it comes with 12 side bars
So it comes with posts that keep the beds together
It also comes with some tops And the rest of the pieces that you see actually
go on the side of the raised bed So these are the sides of the raised bed
Each side of the raised bed will have 3 such pieces
So let’s take some time to separate out these pieces into the 4 sides of the bed
And now what you do is take the side post And then slide the sides of the bed inside
the post It slides in pretty easily
You might have to just hammer it a little bit with your hands and it goes right in
And you basically do the same thing on all the four sides So that’s how a finished raised bed looks
like This is a 4 feet by 4 feet raised bed
And its incredibly easy to assemble It just takes a few minutes
Now there are some tops you can cover the raised bed sides with
And its totally optional And as you will see later, this is actually
not needed Because of other factors like staking or adding
some supports to your raised beds So you need to use the same techniques and
assemble the other raised beds This time I took the help of my Garden Cart
Which I recently bought And this makes hauling the raised beds much
much easier So once you’ve planned and assembled all your
raised beds This is what it should look like
So on the far end I have a 4×4 raised bed Two 4×4 raised beds next to each other
And I planned it in such a way that whatever I plant here can grow on the trellis that
you just saw And these are two 4x4s but they are placed
next to each other And remember that these raised beds are expandable
So if you order another 4×4 kit You can just keep expanding
And add 4 more feet There are some places which might need leveling
I might just throw in some dirt there And make sure its leveled
As you can see, the garden cart is easy to navigate within the raised bed
And this is why I like a Garden Cart more than a Wheelbarrow
Because its narrow profile lets you navigate easily thru the raised beds
So for this step, we will need something called a Hardware Cloth
This is a 4 feet by 25 feet 19 gauge 1/2 inch hardware cloth
Make sure that you get something similar to these specifications
Because there are a lot of options available You will also need Aviation snips
This will be used to cut thru the hardware cloth
The reason we do this is so that digging creatures like rats or moles or voles don’t dig thru
the ground and come and eat your vegetables Now some of you might ask it is really necessary?
Weill I think that step doesn’t take a lot of time
Its fairly easy to do once you get the hang of it
And once done, you’ll have the peace of mind that rats or voles won’t come and eat your
vegetables So yes I think it is an important step
And I think you should not skip it But if you are very confident that you’re
not going to get any digging creatures You can skip it
But here’s the catch You might not see any digging creatures right
now But once you setup your raised beds and start
growing some nice root vegetables It might attract a lot of rodents or pests
that might just wreak havoc on your garden So I would suggest take out some time
Buy the hardware fabric And take your time and lay it down under your
raised beds The rolls can be petty heavy
So please handle them carefully So what I’ve done here is that I’ve tried
to measure out One 4 feet area
And once you get an approximate length You need to cut thru the entire column
To get one piece of the hardware cloth For your raised bed
When you are working at the corners, you can just cut off a part of the corner
So that the hardware cloth slides in easily I’ve noticed this speeds up a lot as far as
the installation of the hardware cloth goes So that’s my approximate measurements
I’m going to cut right here So what you basically do is take your snips
And go right thru and cut the fence And it might be a little tedious and a little
time consuming But take your time to cut thru the entire
length And you should have a piece of the hardware
cloth ready to go in Now to install the hardware cloth
Just push along the corners And it might try to spring back at you
So just be careful of the sharp corners If you want you can wear some heavy duty gloves
And protective footwear And I just walked on the hardware cloth after
I installed it And I just found it a little easier to do
it this way And if you find the corners are not working
out well Just cut off a little bit at the corners
And that should let you slide in the hardware cloth very easily
Now remember its a steel cloth so its tough But its tough because you don’t want the moles
or voles to dig thru So that’s how it looks like after you’ve installed
it Pretty much sung from all sides
And you can have it pulled up a little bit from the sides
Just to give a little bit of extra protection And what you do is do the same thing on all
your other raised beds And that should complete the step of installing
the hardware cloth on your raised beds So this completes the step of laying the hardware
cloth for your raised beds And this should prevent a lot of critters
from coming and getting your vegetables Now the next step involves adding some cardboard
On top of the hardware cloth that you just installed
The purpose of using cardboard is to prevent any kind of grass or weeds growing from the
surface of the soil on to your raised bed You can use a double layered card board
And that should provide good enough protection to smother out all the grass that’s below
The idea is to block any light that comes on to the grass
So it will automatically die And the cardboard itself becomes compost after
some time Usually takes about 2 or 3 months for the
cardboard to turn into compost And once that’s done your plants on your raised
bed can actually send out roots right thru the cardboard layer and into the ground below
Remember that the hardware cloth that we added has holes in it
So the plants roots will be easily able to get thru to the ground below
So size the cardboard according to the length of your raised beds
You can even use the packaging that the raised beds came in
Just make sure you’re using enough to block out any light that’s available to the grass
below And make sure it fits snug inside the raised
bed If you have different pieces of card board,
you can just keep them together And I used some staples to keep these card
board pieces together You can either do that or layer it on top
of each other And then when you add the dirt, just make
sure they remain in place But yes, if you have a stapler, its just a
lot easier to do it So this is how it looks like without the cardboard
And this is with the cardboard Make sure you cover all the sides of the raised
bed with the cardboard And this is how it should look like when you
have done it for all your raised beds This one needs to be completed
I got all the soil for my raised beds from Home Depot
A lot of potting mix luckily from Home Depot in my small car – the Nissan Versa
Which I really like because this car can haul a lot of dirt
This is about 12 bags of 3 cu feet of potting mix that I was able to haul in my Nissan Versa
– Good job! And using a Garden Cart makes it easy to haul
all that dirt from your cart till your raised beds
And after doing a lot of research what I concluded was that
Instead of spending a lot of money on the enormous amount of soil that you need
This product from Kellogg called Raised Bed and Potting Mix
Has high quality ingredients Is completely Organic
And does a great job to form a mix fore your raised beds
Some people recommend adding different substitutes like
Compost and Perlite, Vermiculite But what I found is this product can give
you most of what you need, has high quality ingredients
You can save a lot of money by just buying these in bulk
If you try to order online, note that although you can order these online, you are going
to pay a lot for shipping So its best to just check out your local garden
store And see if they have a nice raised bed or
potting mix So this raised bed mix actually has a collection
of very nice ingredients As you can see on the label here
Its got recycled forest product, coconut coir, perlite, chicken manure, feather meal, peat
moss, kelp meal, worm castings, bat guano All very high quality ingredients
And that’s why I really like this mix so all in all I really like this potting mix
And it runs about 9 bucks a bag A 3 cubic feet bag
And after doing all the calculations I think this is the cheapest way to buy some high
quality mix for the raised bed So once you have laid out the dirt, you just
have to use a rake and make sure its evenly spread out
Now some of you might be thinking how much soil do I need for this 4×4 foot raised bed
Which is about 10.5 inches high So I had to use 4 bags of this 3 cu feet of
soil for one 4×4 raised bed which is 16 square feet
So for a 16 sq feet raised bed you have to use 12 cu feet of soil
I hope that calculation helps And what I also noticed is that as you water
your raised bed, the level of the soil is going to keep going down
So maybe after a year or so you might have to add some more compost or soil to your raised
bed I was rally impressed by the texture and quality
of the soil That was there in this Kellogg Potting Mix
or Raised Bed Mix After you’ve added the soil for the raised
bed I like to use an All Purpose Organic Fertilizer
This is a 4-4-4 Organic Fertilizer made from high quality ingredients – only organic materials
Its called Jobes Organics All Purpose Fertilizer And organic fertilizers break down after some
time So it takes a little bit of time and watering
for it to start releasing nutrients in the soil
But it does gradually build up the texture and quality of the soil
So its better if you add organic fertilizers s early as possible and keep watering the
soil So that the nutrients start breaking up in
the soil Once the nutrients start breaking up, they
are more readily available to the plants And also make sure you mix it thoroughly with
the soil So we have completed 3 of our raised beds
And this is what It looks like There are still some more to go
This should give you a little bit of idea about the stages of your raised beds
I have already started growing some tomatoes here
And what I am going to do is on this side I’m going to plant some runner beans
That will climb on the trellis This one’s yet to be done
Should be done soon So all our raised beds are now ready
And we’re going to be watering all our raised beds
To make sure the soil settles down Now by watering
You will also notice that after the soil settles down
You might need to add a little bit more of the potting mix or the raised bed mix So there we have it
Our project is complete We have converted a lawn that produced nothing
but grass To raised beds which are going to produce
a lot of vegetables in the future I have planted some Okra seeds here
I’ll probably have a separate video to show you the progress of how they are doing
Tomato plants have been planted and they have started growing too
I’ll be growing some beans which are going to climb on this trellis
I do know the problem of with bushes behind the trellis
But I think I can live with that And there are going to be some more climbers
planted here I planted some Blue Burgundy Bush Beans here
on the front side And I am planning to convert these two raised
beds to an area to grow Gourds And you will see that soon
So I hope you enjoyed today’s video And I will possible have a future video on
how I set up the drip irrigation for these raised beds
And another video showing how I installed a PVC trellis to support all the climbing
plants that I planted So I hope this video inspires you to convert
your lawn to a raised bed And if you have any comments, please do let
me know And I’ll see you again soon in another episode
of California Gardening Until then…Happy Gardening!

100 thoughts on “Raised Bed Gardening – How To Start A Garden With Raised Beds

  1. Greenes Fence Raised Bed kit: http://amzn.to/2oVwXmB
    Kellogg Raised Bed Mix: http://thd.co/1vGB7X6
    Jobe's All Purpose organic fertilizer: http://amzn.to/1o8gFdE

  2. I have had better stick wood, dont think that will last long, very thin timber, very poor

  3. Very useful video. I have a retainer wall in my back yard. Can I use 2x 8 ft raised bed near that wall? Is there any pros and cons to choose 4ft one over 2 ft?

  4. why bother?, if you don't provide protective cover for your garden, chemtrails and haarp will rot anything you plant anyway

  5. Those pre-feb beds generally suck. Low quality, flimsy. Learning how to construct one's own out of better raw material is where it's at!!

  6. Good Morning! I am new to gardening and will be getting started based on this video. I really appreciated the holistic approach to calling out everything you need to know about designing a successful garden. Thank you for your hard work here!

  7. STAPLES!!! >.< NO! Just overlap the cardboard, do NOT staple them together. The cardboard disintegrates, and you would have staples in the ground forever! Some child in the future will get one in their foot. Staples will not disintegrate for decades!

  8. Hello..great video. Do you follow this process for flowers as well or is this only for fruits and veggies?

  9. UPDATE, Caution all !!
    This did not work for me by adding 3 layers cardboard to hold back the grass and weeds. After a year or so they all came through !

  10. Next time lay the what you call hardware clothe down first then move the raised bed on top of it. Smarter not harder.

  11. Can we use the same method for roof top because i dont have ground space i have a very huge roof so i want to start gardening on my roof . Plz guide me wethr is it successful on roof or not ?

  12. Great video! Excellent tip on the wire mesh on the bottom of the bed. I’ve been dealing with voles this year, after years of gardening, I’ve never had a issue like this, they just came out of nowhere eating the plants from the inside out.

  13. Oh wow I never thought that you can purchase pre-made raised bed, and super easy to reassemble. All this time I thought that I have to buy woods, cut and make it from the scratch. This is very helpful information thank you so much !

  14. I would have just picked up the raised beds, and laid the hardware cloth underneath. That way the sides would hold down the hardware cloth ends. I would even staple the hardware cloth onto the bottom of the raised beds wood. It’s just neater that way, and you wouldn’t have to cut as much.

  15. When should you be putting the cardboard down? A few months before you transfer seedlings in or can you build the whole bed and put down cardboard right before you put in the seedlings

  16. Hi! how have these raised beds held up for 4 years? Do you still recommend them? i've moved to SoCal and am starting from scratch. thanks!!
    Sheryl

  17. u must have invested huge money on buying ur supplies….if i were to put up just like yours im sure to use cheap materials…coz …im cheap

  18. Awesome. To water yard or garden easily, get the Amazon's Choice "strongest water hose 2019" (from January 23, 2019) from "greenfriendlyhome" at @t. 5 *****stars 2019 new technology product – strongest expandable garden water hose in the market! This is a great hose if you want to focus on enjoying your gardening experience, if you want to be fully relaxed and tranquil after a long day, without being distracted by a heavy, tangled, and kinked hose. You can watch the "greenfriendlyhome" videos too on YouTube

  19. Just curious to know if you tried untreated lumber from Home Depot….I know it usually runs very expensive but I bought the untreated cedar that was around 37 bucks for 11 dollars approximately on clearance….this works out cheaper than ready made ones that are much thinner. I check their clearance often and run into good ones occasionally.

  20. GDAY from Australia, I must say a fantastic design and set up guys. I am impressed with the detail you guys have done in your video. We are inspired by your work and systems.
    could i interest you in viewing my AUSSIE GARDEN BED and let me know what you think? https://youtu.be/46t5hlh9zk4

  21. My Friend, use fiber glass net (the cheap one used in fassades în construction). Is as good as steel wire net! No pest comes thru!

  22. Wow!!! I love it. I’m working on my garden and this is so much better than planting straight in the ground. The weeds are in unbearable. Thank you again.

  23. Good work California Gardening! What's your experience with Kellogg's raised bed mix, especially for peppers and tomatoes? How would you compare it with your DIY mix? Thank you!

  24. This guy is amazing!!! I've watched so many of his videos. They're easy to understand and follow and so many great tips

  25. Am doing the raised beds this year! And this is very helpful! Appreciate the beds link as well! Thank you! Please keep us posted on your garden.

  26. Hello from Friendswood, TX! Wanted to ask how have this raised bed are doing after 4 years? Also a small tip
    when cutting your bags of soil, cut the bottom of the bag instead of the top, your back will be happier!
    At this time 2019 that soil bag is only 2 cubic ft here in texas, and the quality is horrible! I used to live in San Jose Ca, and I never pruned, spayed nothing! I had a huge peach tree and 10 roses! It is a huge challenge here in Texas, bugas all year around, fungus
    galore uff and the heat! I do enjoy your videos, I MISS CALIFORNIA SOOOOO MUCH ! any can grow!

  27. The metal mesh is only necessary if you live in a location where you have to worry about burrowing animals like voles.
    Personally I made my raised beds out of 10" plans and 2×2 posts for the corners. No need to buy a "kit".

  28. Thx you’re a wealth of info for first time gardeners. I hope to have a healthy garden soon. I’m impressed by all the details you give keep them coming. I’ll be watching regularly.

  29. I really like what you do, if I have to follow it would cost me an arm and a leg… please do some videos on minimal gardening

  30. I added hardware cloth to my raised garden beds to help with gophers in my area. Well the bottom hardware cloth didn’t help. They jumped into my raised beds and tore up my garden. The squirrels and snakes also decided to jump in. The snakes helped rid of the gophers but remained to be a problem for me. The squirrels would dig up my carrots and tear my pepper plants. I had reflective items and plastic owls and nothing helped. We had to add framing to the beds and enclose them with additional hardware cloth to help keep the rodents out. It was expensive, but it has helped keeping my crops intact.

  31. I am a rookie gardener and wanting to do the raise bed but don't know how. Thanks for answered my questions. It looks lovely.

  32. First thing you should do BEFORE you start digging or leveling, etc… is call your local utilities company and find out what's BENEATH the dirt in your backyard and what the layout of any utilities (or whatever else) are in your space.

  33. If you put cardboard In it to kill the grass than what need was it there for u to put windows wire thingy

  34. Ok, so you are telling everyone to buy a pre cut wood kit instead of buying a couple of 2x12s and using the money saved to buy a power saw? The power saw will last for years.

  35. I liked and appreciated the step by step. Great idea with ordering the raised beds instead of building them. Thanks.

  36. Thank you so much for your very informative video! Usually I don't have enough patience to sit and watch a YouTube video that long. But with this one i even needed to pause for a few times to take some notes! Will try raised bed gardening soon!

  37. My God the best video for the beginners… very detailed information Video … thank you so much really.. it helped me a lot 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  38. I put the wire on the ground first set my 2×8 long x 5 ft wide on top, roll edges 1” on outside and air gun staple wire to frame . Can slide frame around now & wire stapled will help it square. Without wire moles tear my gardens up here in Indiana. I have used 1/4” mesh. Will try 1/2 inch much cheaper and easier to find

  39. Lol
    It'll be much much easier to just line the ground hardware cloth and place the bed on top it. Sorry guys, it's difficult to watch this installation.

  40. Great video. Quick question- what about a yard with sprinklers? Any tips or suggestions on how to go about adding raised beds?

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