Growing Your Own Food

harvested leaves for saladsGrowing your own is the ultimate way to guarantee quality and safety in your food supply.

Learning to grow and growing your own food can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself and the planet.

Contact us for help you may need with your project.  Or visit our website periodically for growing tips.

We would like to share with you some of the ideas, techniques, shortcuts, and general philosophy that we have found to be time tested and true.

Growing a garden of your own can be one of the most empowering and rewarding endeavors you can take on in your life.  Nothing beats the value of enjoying a meal you produced yourself.    Happy gardening.

Building a Raised Bed Garden

4 vid1Building your own garden bed can be as fun as it is rewarding.  The main idea is to put four pieces of wood together(other materials may be used, plastic, brick, etc.).  The dimensions are really up to you but a standard board size is a 2″ by 6″.   Use nails or better screws to fasten the corners.

Common sizes for a raised bed are 4′ by 4′, 2.5′ by 10′, and my recommendation is 4′ by 10′.  The reason I suggest the latter size is the industry materials are fitted for that size.  Hoop benders are available for purchase.  A hoop bender is a tool that transforms a 1/2″ by 10′ piece of electric conduit into a mini greenhouse bow.  Plastic rolls commonly come in ten foot wide rolls which neatly cover the dimension of a four foot wide raised bed.  A covered raised bed is a real boon for extended harvests offering fresh spinach, kale, carrots and more throughout the colder season.

To lay the ground work simply remove the sod over a forty square foot area with the four by ten dimension.  If you have borders at ten inches or higher you can skip the sod removal altogether.  Next fill the bed with good soil.  Refer to our how to make compost post to make your own compost.  Other sources of quality fill are aged manure, peat moss, or straw or alfalfa may be used as a bottom layer to be cover with finished compost.   It’s really quite simple and the rewards are more than worth it.

If you would like a raised bed of your own and would like help let us know.

We would be glad to help you begin your adventgood showing soil in 4 ft bedure in edible landscape.

great example 4 ft bed with conduit and plastic

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