Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds

By fiwit
October 28, 2013

When I first moved into my house, I diligently dug flower beds by de-turfing the 20-year-old Zoysia grass and tilling up the red Georgia clay. Then one day I realized I could simply build raised beds, and it cut my bed-creation time in half. I can now build an 8ft by 16ft raised bed in about a day, and here's how I do it:

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May 7, 2021 5:32 PM CST
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Name: Tim
Dracut ma usa (Zone 6a)
I'm putting together a raised bed. If I throw yard waste in it how long do I need to wait to add soil and plant in it?
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Aug 23, 2023 7:41 AM CST
Name: Angela Snyder
NW Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Region: Oklahoma Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Not a silly question at all. The answer is once you have as much debris as you want, which should be no more than half the height in the bed you are filling, you can fill it with soil and plant in it straight away. With hügelculture, the debris will rot making good compost in the bed, which means as it rots the soil level will go down and you will have to top it off occasionally with soil or compost. The beds we built this year and planted in have sunk a good three inches in three months. I won't top it off until I'm ready to pull out the tomatoes and things I have growing in there and am ready to prep the bed for the next crop.
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This pic is early in the season so these tomatoes are enormous now. This bed is about 2 1/2 feet high for me.
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