raised garden beds

10 Beautiful DIY Raised Garden Bed Designs,Plan and Ideas

As a gardener we sometimes raise in ‘raised garden beds’,a most preferred method of allowing your plants to grow healthy and add versatility for the gardener as well in terms of placing and moving it easily,mix your own choice of soil such as compost or organic,improve water drainage,keeping away the garden weeds,protection from heavy rain,preventing the soil from compacting too much.If you’ve not made garden bed yet but want to build it,here are 10 easy,simple and cheap garden bed ideas and plans.

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This is our community garden. Before these pictures were even taken we found at the local library, an advertisement to join a ‘Gardening Club’ at the local YMCA. They would have a class every week and we would have a 'hands on’ lab. Imagine my surprise when during the first class, the teachers informed us that we have a community garden out back (and each family would have their own 4'x8’ raised garden bed!) Woohoo! 

I love this. Children, adults, even elders participate. We assist each other getting the soil ready, building the garden beds…you name it! 

For our particular bed, b/c both my husband and I are not 'newborns’ so to speak, will be implementing the 'Square Foot Gardening’ as well as 'Companion Planting’ (more on that soon) methods. So both myself, husband and babies will get their own space to grow stuff, and have already claimed what herbs or vegetables they want! 

Babygirl: Peas & Cukes

Babyboy: Marigolds & Peppers

Me: Spinach & Chamomile

King: Tomatoes and Onions

We also are transplanting two broccoli plants from last years harvest, and planted a row and a half of radishes in the place where the King will have his tomatoes, since they are not ready to be sowed/transplanted just yet. 

We purchased our seeds online through Burpee, Gurney’s and Eden Bro’s, and they are all Heirloom varieties. 

Community Gardens are popping up all over the place! If you don’t have one in your immediate area and would like to start one, start researching  the requirements (local laws, permits, insurance, etc) for your particular city or town. Not only does this create a bonding experience amongst neighbors, it gets YOU active, helps to put feed people and teach the youth about sustainability!

Imagine if every church or youth center had a garden. There would be a LOT less hungry people! 

Until next time, 

-Malikaat Z.

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@bethanyberg I finally took pics of our garden!

Pic 1: Starting

Pic 2: Garden bed 1, and we lost the game of chicken with our broccoli. However, we still ate it, and it was delicious.

Pic 3: Showing off the cool purple and yellow cauliflower!!

Pic 4: Other garden bed. Lots of carrots, garlic, etc.

There are onions, radishes, carrots, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, and a bunch more things in there.

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Ok so my zucchini plant is going nuts! I have enough zucchini to feed an army! Let the recipe experiment begin.

Raw Zucchini Bread

Yields 8 large slices or 18 small slices

Ingredients

2 QT zucchini squash,  diced  (buy approx. 4 1⁄2 lbs squash)

*The smaller you cut the squash the easier to blend. 

2 C ground golden flax

1 tsp sea salt

Preparation

1. In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, put 1 quart of zucchini cubes in food processor. Process until smooth. 

2. Then add 1 cup of flax and 1⁄2 tsp of sea salt. Continue processing until evenly mixed. Put in Mixing bowl. 

3. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

4. Place about ½ of the mixture on 1 teflex sheet and spread as evenly as possible to cover sheet completely. Transfer sheet to grid lined dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 105 for approx. 6-8 hours. 

5. Then Flip the whole crust onto mesh sheet, taking away teflex sheet. After flipped, continue dehydrating for 1 hour. Take out of the dehydrator and cut about 1/8” from 4 edges of the crust if it’s curling up. Flip again and put back into dehydrator for another 1 hour. Remove from dehydrator and cut into even thirds – giving you 9 bread squares, or in halves for 4 pieces.  Flip and put back in dehydrator if needed. You want the bread to be dry but pliable.

6. Stored in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator Zucchini Bread will last for a couple weeks.

“We went out of our way to give everything to the earth and the earth gives back to us”
-Jack Lazor, Organic farmer
Click the photograph below to read this inspiring piece on the pioneers of organic farming in today’s New York Times.

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330 | 365 let’s by sweethardt 

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I was so happy with the recent large crop of turmeric I harvested  from my garden. Now I can regularly enjoy one of my favorite hot drinks, Turmeric Latte!  OK I know you are thinking that sounds like an odd latte flavor, but I love this creamy hot drink. Cinnamon, vanilla, and lucuma offset the spice of the turmeric for a perfect blend of sweet and spicy!  This version was made with homemade macadamia nut milk, but any type of dairy substitute will work.  I use lucuma to sweeten but feel free to substitute with maca, coconut nectar, bacon syrup, whatever sweetener you like.  Enjoy!

Turmeric Latte

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 oz turmeric juice

2 tsp lucuma

¼ tsp vanilla bean powder

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 ½ - 2 C nut milk

Preparation

1. Juice the turmeric in a Hurom Juicer.

2. Place the turmeric juice and the rest of the ingredients into the Vita-Mix container(or blender) in the order listed and secure lid. 

3. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 5 minutes.

3. Be careful it will be really hot when you pour. Enjoy!

Why you should think about building a raised garden bed this year:

1. They provide good drainage to your plants. This keeps plants healthy.

2. They prevent the soil from compacting too much, therefore encouraging the growth of roots.

3. Raised garden beds also keep pathway weeds from entering into the soil, therefore reducing the amount of work you need to do to keep weeds out of your garden.

4. They allow you to add the type of soil you want, including organic soil and compost soil, without having roots
enter into deeper, less healthy soil.

5. It is easier for many people to tend to plants in a raised garden bed than on a flat surface. You can sit on the edge and weed the garden bed.

6. The garden’s bedsides create a barrier from many pests. With added fencing along the top, you can even keep out the deer and larger animals.

7. They are incredibly versatile. When you build raised garden beds, you do so in the size, shape and overall structure right for your space.


Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/7-key-benefits-to-raised-garden-beds/#u5dvTQcztq6Fspdo.99