Constructing a Raised Bed Vegtable Garden For A Patio Garden

February 11, 2011 by Mario  
Filed under Gardening Tips Continuing with my urban “growing-food in small spaces” project, today I tackle raised bed gardening, and show me building a raised bed for my patio garden. This video was made to be featured on my http website where I am documenting my progress, and am writing useful articles on all aspects of growing your own food in a container garden environment. #21 -Top Favourited (Today) – Howto & Style #19 – Top Rated (Today) – Howto & Style #9 – Most Discussed (Today) – Howto & Style #64 – Most Discussed (This Week) – Howto & Style #100 – Most Viewed (Today) – Howto & Style #97 – Top Favourited (This Week) – Howto & Style #59 – Top Rated (This Week) – Howto & Style .

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25 Responses to “Constructing a Raised Bed Vegtable Garden For A Patio Garden”
  1. rickvanman says:

    The lining of the beds is to prevent the treated wood from touching against the soil and leaching chemicals into it (not good if you are growing food to eat). It should also help the wood to last longer without rotting.
    You need to drill holes in the plastic and base to ensure good drainage.

  2. woollywizook says:

    Hi – Useful video. I am going to make a couple of similar beds for my patio. Just wondering why you put rubble bags in – won’t that prevent the bed from draining? Do they go on top of the polythene?

  3. nj4x4fever2 says:

    Rick Your quite an amazing person, thanks for sharing this video with us. I will be making a organic garden for my family soon and your ideas are fantastic.

  4. silverpizza100 says:

    with a router you could have done some duck tails and lego the pieces of wood, but I have OCD. :O)

  5. rickvanman says:

    LOL! got both options available :o ) so nobody better upset me or they’ll be compost!

  6. rickvanman says:

    Probably, but i’m hoping i’tll last at least one season just to try out this idea. I’ll fit a better one next season.

  7. branaginslaw says:

    Won’t the base rot?

  8. MindPower009 says:

    LOL doubt it Rick, I have a brown thumb. But I’m handy with tools and wood, so I’m gonna take on some other stuff for sure this year.

  9. outithewoods says:

    you sure thats for plants and not a body :0)

  10. TomfarneyProductions says:

    That’s odd. You can use both but the ones with the holes (9″ cavity blocks) are best as you can plant stuff in the holes like herbs etc.
    I plant companion plants to keep pests away. Like frnech marigolds , spring onions and carrots (on appropriate bed)

  11. rickvanman says:

    LOL – yep! Are you talking about the lightweight rectanglar (but solid) breeze blocks, or the concrete thingys with the big square holes in the middle?

    I can find the breeze blocks no probs, but not the blocks with the holes in them.

  12. rickvanman says:

    Great! Go for it, I challenge you :o ) we can compare yields at the end of the growing season.

  13. BroBryce2009 says:

    I have to say Rick, you’re inspiring me to get doing some serious projects. Thanks man.

  14. TomfarneyProductions says:

    Had lots of interest in the script Rick. Very surprised and pleased. I hope we see some completed shorts online soon. Thanks again Rick.

  15. 55022RSG says:

    unless you treat it with wood varnish =P

  16. clatterowls says:

    yea i thought that was the reason!! and yes it defo makes me happy! wicked video again rick!

  17. TomfarneyProductions says:

    They are the standard blocks they build interior walls out of. You can get them anywhere.Have you been drinking again? :-)

  18. rickvanman says:

    Sounds like a plan! Just finished them off today – it was freezing outside! Problem is, the growing season begins really soon, so it means working in the cold weather to get it all ready in time.
    Be interesting to see any video you might come up with.

  19. rickvanman says:

    thanks for the tip – still having trouble finding them in the UK.
    Worst case scenario when it comes to replacing the wood beds – I may look at building my own concrete ones.

  20. justjoemusic says:

    Thanks.. will have a go at building it Weds/Thurs depending on the weather and if I can get the garden cleared up haha! thanks for the tip using nails… will probably film myself make it (or rather mess it up haha) and i will post it to you.

  21. SelfSufficientEire says:

    Cinder blocks = 9″ concrete cavity blocks to you and me. It’s an americanism. You can get them in B&Q or wickes. etc. About £1 each.

  22. rickvanman says:

    Cant seem to find any suppluiers in the uk

  23. SelfSufficientEire says:

    CInder blocks are porous. I used thme myself with great success (800 of them.) They’re good because you canmake them any shape you like and they’re 9″ high which is enough for most things, even on concrete.

  24. rickvanman says:

    Go for it – it’s quite hard work – harder than it looks, but you only have to do it once (until the wood rots and you have to start again!)

  25. rickvanman says:

    Not in this video, but the next one will be shocking!

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