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10 Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden


Growing your edibles straight in the ground or around your existing ornamental plants is quick and easy but not without its problems.  Growing your edibles in a raised bed may cost you a little more to set up but there are benefits.  Here’s my list:

1.  Raised beds give you a contained space to grow in.  You know where you need to head to water, weed and feed (your plants and yourself).

2.  Raised beds make it easy to create barriers against pests.  They are simple to net if you have creatures who want to come and share your produce.

3.  If you have any concerns about contaminants in your soil, if your soil is horribly sandy or otherwise unsuited to growing food, raised beds allow you to bring in nutrient dense soil.

4.  Raised beds can go on concrete or other hard surfaces.

5.  Raised beds can be made with a wicking element which basically turns them into big self watering pots and means you only have to water them once a week.

6.  Raised beds can be made at a height to suit their owner and a shape to suit any space.

7.  Raised beds are excellent if you have large trees that suck all the water and nutrient out of your soil.

8.  If you have little ones that aren’t great at sticking to the path, raised beds are the answer.  No soil compaction (unless your little one is a climber too!)

9.  Because you can control the soil quality of a raised bed they are often better at producing edibles.

10.  Raised beds can be made to allow wheelchair access.

At Grow.Eat.Enjoy. we make raised beds out of recycled hard wood or eco pine.  These beds can be made to order for any width, length or height with a watering system that suits your needs.  We can also arrange good quality metal beds.  If you think you might be interested in installing a raised bed and live in the Sydney area we are always happy to chat.  If you want to know more but are outside of Sydney, leave a question in the comments.

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October special – raised beds built from recycled hardwood


Feel like growing your own this spring?

Having just built another of these recycled hardwood raised beds I’m in the mood for building more.

So this month I’m offering anyone in the Sydney metro area one of these beds for $650. This price includes lining and filling the beds plus planting with a selection of leafy greens and herbs.

The beds are four palings high (about 40cms) and can be made to measure providing they are not longer than 3.6m. They are free draining and open to the ground but can be made into wicking beds (like big self watering pots) for an extra $100. They can also be made higher but this will fall outside of our current special and will require individual pricing.

Feel free to give me a call with any questions or if you’d like to book a bed in. Cheers, Sarah (0418 464 323)

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Growing Corporate

Late last year we were contacted by Razor & JOY to come and have a look at their courtyard space with a view to installing an edible garden. I’d been very keen install an office garden so was excited by the prospect. It was also a beautiful looking site (once the pot plants here removed).

We built the beds (2 four metre long and 1 two metres long) out of recycled hard wood timber palings, sanded and oiled. Lined them with geotextile fabric and filled them with a rich organic mixture of compost, manure, straw and lucerne.

Staff assisted in the final stage and the beds were planted with salad greens, tea herbs, herbs, tomatoes and beans, chilli’s and capsicum. There’s a strawberry box, micro green box and seed raising box.

Pots of dwarf citrus, midyim berry, blueberry and bay were added.

The garden is lovingly cared for and picked by the staff. Unfortunately the pests have been pretty happy with the garden addition as well but hopefully with a little tweaking the pests will have less to eat and the staff will have more. Reports are that this has been a really worthwhile addition to office life and has definitely been a very satisfying project for me to work on.

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