Raised Beds for Easy Vegetable Cultivation
Not only do raised beds bring interesting height and structure to a garden design, they also elevate the level of the soil to make cultivation and harvesting your vegetables much less strenuous.
Raised Bed of Salad Crops
A simply constructed raised bed that has been filled with good quality topsoil, improved with plenty of compost, is the perfect place for growing herbs and unusual leaf crops, such as mustard 'Red Giant' and red orach. These cut-and-come-again crops can be cut with a pair of scissors and then rushed back to the kitchen for the freshest leaves.
For many gardeners, not having to bend or kneel to weed and harvest crops is a real bonus. Building a substantial raised bed against a sunny wall or fence, as illustrated, means that heat-loving crops, such as tomatoes, will thrive and require less watering than those growing in pots.
These high brick raised beds would suit less mobile gardeners and make an attractive, permanent feature in any garden. This bush tomato variety has ample space to grow over the edge of the bed, where the fruit will create a colorful display and be at the perfect height to pick with ease.
Weeding in Comfort
The decorative edging on this raised bed doubles as seating, making weeding around the densely planted lettuces, carrots and onions a relaxing, sit-down job rather than a chore. Cordon tomatoes trained up the fence make great use of a small space and give a lush feel to this area of the garden.
Learn about the different types of cucumbers and discover how easy it is to plant and grow these cool, crisp veggies.
Growing Cucumbers Vertically
Cucumbers feel right at home growing vertically, either on a trellis or in a tomato cage.
Growing and Harvesting Kohlrabi, Yardlong Beans and White Eggplant
Here are some growing tips and harvesting hints to help maximize the yield of kohlrabi, yardlong-bean and white-eggplant crops.
Eggplant comes in many shapes and colors, the most common color being dark purple. But white-skinned varieties are tasty and easy to grow, and they give a garden a special twist.
Kohlrabi and Yardlong Beans
These vegetables are grown as annuals -- kohlrabi is a cool-season crop and yardlong beans and white eggplants are warm-season crops.
Learn about 11 plant varieties and the planting information for each.
Learn about propagating, or reproducing, plants from seeds, then get some tips for using containers to start the tender seeds.
Homegrown grapes can be used in making jams, juices and baked goods. Follow these tips on growing grapes in the home garden.
Perennials That Love Sun
Pick the right plants for the brightest spots in your garden.
Tips for Creating an Herb Garden
Many people love not only how fresh herbs taste, but also the way they look and smell in the garden. Learn how to use herbs to create a garden that looks great year round, even when it's not full of summer herbs.
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