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How to grow vegetables in raised bed gardens

Hello my name is Katie Rushworth and today
I am going to show you how to plant up a raised bed. Now this one here has been made by Craig
Phillips and it is really straight forward to do, you can see how to do it on the
website. First of all I am going to fill it up with compost. Now I am using a multipurpose
compost here, you can use homemade compost if you are disciplined enough to make it,
a mixture of topsoil and compost would be fine, but it wants to be full up to the top.
And there we go, that is about there now, ready for plants! Now it is amazing what you
can grow in such a small space, we can have crops growing all summer to be harvested in
this with just a little bit of planning. First up I have got some strawberry plants which
are really pretty, they have a delicate white flower and of course the delicous fruits,
so I am going to put them at the edge so they hang over and really soften the edge of this
raised bed. Now the beauty of a raised bed is that it is full of soft soil and compost
making it much easier to dig. Strawberries grow via these stow alongs, they sound out
these long runners and when they hit the soil a new plant will grow and then once it has
got its roots and leaves established you can snip that from the parent plant and you will
have a brand new strawberry plant in your border. Now if you don’t want too many stow
alongs and strawberry plants marching through your raised bed you would simply cut them
off and then the energy directed would go straight to the fruit instead of creating
new plants. So next I have a selection of herbs and some other vegetables, I have onions,
carrots, lettuce and beetroot. I am going to put the carrots in first, now carrots wouldn’t
usually grow in a bed as shallow as this but this variety grow as a sphere they are kind
of a globe carrot so they are perfect for small raised beds like this. They will stay
nice and compact, I am going to put a row of them along here. Now carrots are prone
to attracting something called carrot root fly which will demolish rows of carrots. The
slightest bit of movement will send the fragrance of teh carrot leaves like an alarm bell to
the carrot root fly and they will hunt them out and come and eat them all. However, we
are going to do something called companion planting and the next row along is going to
be herbs and fingers crossed the scent of the herbs will confuse the carrot fly and
they will leave the carrots alone. Now carrots like really free draining soil so if you are
sowing directly into the ground with seeds you should put some sand in the bottom of
your hole and that will jelp the seedlings root away, but seeing as we have plants like
this we should be fine. So to disguise the smell of the carrots I am putting in time
which is a pretty plant and it smells amazing. We are going to have a Rosemary, and this
is an evergreen shrub, it can get quite big but if you use it a lot it will keep it’s
size nice and manageable. I also have some Basil and some Sage, and then the last herb
I have to put in is Chives. Now chives have a gorgeous flower on them, it is a bit like
a purple pompom and you can eat the flower as well, they look amazing sprinkled on top
of salads. Now next up I have some beetroot and beetroot are really easy to grow, you
can grow them in the smallest of spaces, they are really reliable so whether you grow them
from a seed or by a plug plant like this it is really easy and reliable cropping. Now
should you want bigger beetroot you can thin out the seedlings so for example I could pull
this one away and sacrifice that one meaning I would get a bigger beetroot on the bottom
of that one but if you are not particularly fussed and are happy with smaller plants then
it is fine to keep them as they are. Next I am going to put my lettuces in, now lettuce
are quite thirsty plants. There is alot of water content in the leaves os you have to
make sure that you keep them wall watered and also slugs love them. I find that egg
shells sprinkled around the base of them keep the slugs away, and also if you can bring
yourself to do it, beer traps. So if you think a jam jar with some beer into the soil it
will make sure that the slug will be lured into quite a kind death I suppose. Drunk on
beer I can think of worse ways to go. I am going to give these a bit more space because
this will give them a big lettuce. If you are growing the lettuce from seed, then you
want to be sowing that seed once every two or three weeks and that will give you a succession
of lettuce throughout the year. Whereas if you sow it all in one go it all has to be
use din one go and there is only so much lettuce one family can eat. So try and space out your
sowing periods. And then last but not least, I have got some onion plants. In each pack
like this there are four and if you are really delicate you can pull them, tease them apart
like that and then you have just the one onion and sink them in. They smell incredibly pungent
already, and again planting onions alongside carrots will just deter those carrot fly.
When your onions are ready to harvest, you need ou t lift them out of the ground so when
they are onion sized if you like, if that;s a good guide is lift them out of the ground
and then leave the onions just on top of the soil just to dry out for a few days and that
way they can be stored for much longer, they will keep for a good few months. And there
we are, in such a small space I have got stawberries,
carrots, a selection of herbs, beetroot, lettuce and onion. And it has taken me about 20 minutes
to plant up with very little maintenance and much easier on my back than bending down to
the ground. Now to give everything a drink and just let it do it’s thing until things
are ready to pick and harvest. For loads more gardening tips go to


  1. Natasha Lindner Author

    With great soil in a raised garden bed plant the 'square foot garden' method (especially good in small gardens), increase your harvest (5 times), better water retention and less space for weeds.  I would add some kind of flower too, such as calendula to attract beneficial bugs.

  2. Catherine Mastrangelo Author

    I loved this video. I needed more information before I started my new raised garden bed. Loved the idea of planting strawberries on the outer edge to give them room to hang over.

  3. Omaid Shokouri Author

    Always mix compost with your natural garden soil 50-50%. That way you will get all the nutrients. Some composts are 95% made of out of grass. Also the structure of your soil will be better, less fungi etc and ofcourse it's less expensive that way.

  4. stumpr1 Author

    Yup, we like it. We have done the same over the last couple of years, just trying to grow different veggies in various size boxes. Our potato harvest pulled over 100lbs from a box and part of over garden! Plus we gave away lots! here's one of mine: It's cool stuff.   Great video! Wayne S. Canada!

  5. Bucur Ilie Author

    You are teaching us how to grow? at the size of you-re garden you buy compost? after that you are spreading it with your hands?
    Stop teaching anything. Please.

  6. jimmy Page Author

    Im glad that works for you, but im sick of watching un informative videos. It is not as simple as pouring bags and planting there are many other things to do, at least that has been my experience. I did not get any vegetables from this way.

  7. stephen lee Author

    Wouldn't it be interesting to see what happened to this group of crops after a few weeks/ months to see what thrived or failed? Nice video.

  8. Richard Yin Author

    Heres a link to the video on how to build that raised bed. Arent you supposed to lay down cardboard or newsprint before adding the soil as weed suppression? Also, anyone know where her accents from? Love it.

  9. nguyen van Truong Author

    Hi , Could I take your video for making another video to serve my homework? maybe it'll be able to post on the internet but It's totally the educational video

  10. DoctorMeatDic Author

    I'd ride the hole of her, over and over and over again. She wouldn't have a second for gardening if I got hold of her. She'd be sweating in her bed for days on end. YESSSSSSS

  11. ciarchitectural i Author

    Good video think the width of the box need to be smaller so you can reach the end without climbing into your soil
    It becomes difficult when u harvest

  12. Floriferous Garden Author

    Thank you for this great video. I have featured it here

  13. Hallie Author

    Where did you get the already grown plants? They are in packages and I have never been able to get them to germinate. I was just wondering and very good presentation, I love your accent. Also, thank you for the information about the carrot flies because that was good to know.

  14. DarkKeeper BG Author

    [Link Here== is exactly what I have been searching for. The photos and text are inspiring, and what makes it that is due to their styles and other things involved. You can use it and decide how you want your landscape design should be.

  15. Goodtimes Author

    Please people! – lay off the negative comments – she is obviously a new gardener and most guys came here to check her out – not for the lousy gardening tips. Tight jeans to work in the garden – lol

  16. Smug Smugly Author

    My vegetable garden got poisoned once when some drunken bum sh*t in mine. It doesn't help that I live across the street from a bar.

  17. soisitimpossible Author

    Good concept to introduce beginners, but it's an awful lot of wasted space. You could double your output if you wanted. But atleast you're growing when many aren't. Even when they have tje space to do so.

  18. STORM Author

    Was thinking about starting a project when I move house so will be needed all the expert advice as possible as I'm a newbie lol.
    Can't beat real fruit & veg without all the chemicals.
    Slug drunk on beer lol…

    Thank you for sharing 🦋🌻🌱

  19. James Pitt Author

    Only compost,
    Some Americans use;
    1. Top soil 50% (for mixing in with the compost).
    2. Compost 30% (nutrients this will compress on further decomposing).
    3. Worm castings 5% (worm waste for nutrients).
    3. Rock dust 5% (a to z of all minerals)
    4. Mushroom compost 5% (more nutrients)
    5. Coconut coir 5% (help retain moisture)

    Mixed in so that the top 12 inches are the most nutrient dense (as the roots grow about 12 inches deep) and anything below this (another 3 – 12 inches) this is mainly top soil / or some coconut coir to retain the moisture.

    Finally :
    6. Wood chips (to cover the top of the soil around the plants, to retain the moisture inside).
    7. Pond water (more natural nutrients to water the growth. Or rain water, as they are both (esp pond water) a lot better then tap water which has chlorine and waste harmful substances).
    8. Some worms (to keep soil loose and more benefits).
    9. Others even put a green house cover on top to keep the heat in. Or a metal mesh cover to keep unwanted pests away.
    10. Talk to the plants to create a bond.

    11. Timing is everything, plant and mix correctly keep in sunlight and correct stable temperature.

  20. William Mathieson Author

    This is a fantastic video. Thank you for sharing such great content. I’ll take these tips and apply them to my own garden.

    All the best.

  21. Deep Space Author

    I envy the soil. All I got is a landscape soil. In my country organic soil is expensive yet small in portion. I have to learn how to make compost for soil nutrients


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