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Show #50/4211. Gardening In Shade And On Steep Slopes

Advantages Of A Raised Bed

Eric finds it fitting that we end this garden tour where Demaris' garden journey began. It started right here in the herb garden which has now given way to a lot of blooming perennials. Demaris originally drew this out on a piece of paper, she designed a grid, brought some boards up here, put them together, put in organic material and plants and it began. Many of the plants were gifts from friends and have since been shared with friends. It's a great way to start gardening. Eric tells people all the time when dealing with a challenging site, a new construction, a place where there is not a lot of top soil, to start with a raised bed. It can be just as simple as some 2 x 6 lumber, then back fill with some high quality garden soil. Oftentimes it's just too difficult to till in hard red clay. It's much easier to incorporate the garden soil, then start adding more organic matter. Raised beds with garden soil make the process much easier and are an excellent way to start.


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