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Raising a Garden Bed

Recently, I built another raised bed for my personal gardening passion: vegetables. I combined two different growing methods, (hugelkultur and square foot gardening), into one raised cinder block system. Hugelkultur utilizes the characteristics of aged wood such as moisture retention, aeration, slow nutrient release as well as feeding/housing the many beneficial organisms necessary for healthy soil and plants.

Here is what I did:

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Now, you may ask why a raised bed versus a traditional garden plot? There are trade-offs with either method, so consider your situation before you begin. I chose raised beds for several reasons:

Whatever you do, go grow some food!

Josh Steffen, Horticulture and Facilities Manager

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