The Q&A Archives: Raised-bed vegetable garden

Question: all the yard is on a grade and the water table is very high. will tomatoes, cukes, lettuce do well in a raised bed plot? If so, any suggestions on how to do it the best way?

Answer: As a matter of fact, planting veggies in a raised bed in an excellent idea! Not only can you control the amount of water your plants get but soil in raised beds warms up earlier in the season so you can plant and harvest a few weeks earlier than normal for your gardening region. You can simply pile top soil in a sunny area, rake it out a bit, slope the sides and plant your veggies. Or you can build 4 sides and put the topsoil inside, then plant. I'd make the soil at least 12" deep to accommodate the roots of your plants.

Best wishes with your veggie garden!

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