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Raised-Bed Garden

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Published on Apr 18, 2011

I built this 16 ft. x 4 ft x 1 ft raised bed garden in our front yard. I used cedar since it will decay slower and is somewhat termite-resistant. (Pressure-treated wood should never be used near food plants as the copper or arsenic compounds used in the treatment process will leach into the soil.)

The netting was necessary to keep cats and especially squirrels from digging in the garden. Squirrels have dug up and uprooted plants in all of my exposed planters and so far they have been kept at bay. The velcro trim was my own experiment to hold the netting firmly in place and yet still provide easy access when I need to get inside, and has worked like a charm.

Now, let's see what will grow... I have planted (or will soon transplant) asparagus, 3 kinds of basil, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, watermelon, parsnips, and a mixed polyculture with kale, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, arugula & bush beans.

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