Raised bed gardening is the fastest-growing garden strategy today, and Raised Bed Revolution is the definitive guidebook to mastering this consistently proven and effective gardening method. Raised Bed Revolution provides you with information on size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use, and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces— including vertical gardening .
Enhanced with gorgeous photography, this book covers subjects such as growing-medium options, rooftop gardening, cost-effective gardening solutions, planting tips, watering strategies (automatic water drip systems and hand watering), and more. The process of creating and building raised beds is a cinch, too, thanks to the extensive gallery of design ideas and step-by-step projects .
This gardening strategy is taking serious root . Why? Several reasons:
- Raised beds allow gardeners to practice space efficiency as well as accessibility (the beds can be customized to be any height).
- Raised beds permit gardeners to use their own soil, and they can be designed with wheels for easy portability if partial sunlight is a problem.
- Water conservation is easier for gardeners who use raised beds.
- Pest control is assisted because most garden pests can't make the leap up into the raised bed. For yards that struggle with drainage, raised bed gardening offers a no-brainer solution. Raised beds simply create a more interesting yard!
Find out more about why everyone is joining the raised bed revolution, roll up your sleeves and join in !
|Publisher:||Cool Springs Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Tara Nolan, author of Raised Bed Revolution, is a garden writer and editor with a diverse background in publishing. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, as well as in magazines, including Reader's Digest and Canadian Living, and on websites, like Design*Sponge. Tara is a co-founder, with three other garden writers, of Savvy Gardening (savvygardening.com) and was the award-winning web editor of Canadian Gardening magazine's website (CanadianGardening.com) for six years. Tara does work for the Toronto Botanical Garden and the Canadian Garden Council, and volunteers for the Royal Botanical Garden. She is also a member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Tara is from the Toronto, Canada, area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is the Raised Bed Revolution? 9
Chapter 1 Gallery of Raised Beds 27
Chapter 2 Raised Bed Basics 51
Benefits of Raised Beds 51
Choosing a Size 60
Choosing Raised Bed Materials 61
Soil for Raised Beds 66
Location and Site Maintenance 69
Consider Drip Irrigation 79
Chapter 3 Raised Beds for Big Spaces 87
The Essential Raised Bed 88
Accessorize Your Raised Bed 96
Raised Bed with Upcycled Wood 100
Raised Bed with Benches 106
Utility Raised Bed 114
Raised Bed with a Pond 118
Other Ways to Build Raised Beds 122
Chapter 4 Raised Beds for Small Spaces 133
Vertical Herb (or Lettuce) Planter 138
Elevated Planter Box 144
Galvanized Steel and Wood Container 152
Upcycled Suitcase Planter with Gas Pipe Legs 160
Create a Mini Bog Garden in a Stock Tank 166
A Quick Vertical Gardening Project 167
Washbasin on Sawhorse Legs 169
Tips for Adding Raised Beds to a Balcony or Rooftop Patio 172
Chapter 5 Raised Beds with Purpose 179
Repurposed Lettuce Table 182
Making a Lettuce Table from Scratch 186
Versailles-Inspired Planter 194
Potato Growing Box 202
Cold Frame Using an Old Window 208
Greenhouse Cover for Raised Bed 216
Protected Strawberry Planter 224
Chapter 6 Not handy? No problem 233
Turn a Stock Tank into a Garden 238
Make a Raised Bed Using Corners 242
Why Garden in Fabric Pots? 245
Burlap-Wrapped Plastic Pails 246
More Easy Raised Bed Ideas 248
Chapter 7 Support Your Plants 251
Plant Support Inspiration 254
A Simple Lashing Technique 257
A Classic Garden Obelisk 258
Sandwich Board Trellis 262
Resources and Contributors 267
Meet Tara Nolan 272