Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.

Raised Beds at the Garden


In my last post where I talked all about our new community garden project, I mentioned that we set up some raised beds. I know that a lot of people are into building raised beds so I wanted get a little more detailed about it. A lot of the time, especially in cities and suburban areas, the soil needs some initial help. Instead of spending hours upon hours with shovel, pick axe, and hoes or even worse – tractors *gasp*… I like to build on top of the soil! It’s super easy, VERY fun, and a lot of the time most things that you need are local and free! Here’s a picture of the raised beds we set up –

ImageOne of them is actually an old shelf that I found sitting next the dumpster at the apartment complex we live at. I took the shelves out and the back off, then just left the frame. A lot of people keep a bottom on their raised beds to keep out moles and other unwanted friends. I like them without a bottom so it is truly connected with the earth. To me, it seems nicer that way. 🙂

Carlos dug out the grass, we set down newspaper, and then we put the shelf down on top of that and filled it. For fill dirt we used aged manure from a local lady with horses and donkeys, a real sweet gal. We also mixed in some perlite for moisture retention, which we picked up on craigslist. $10 for a bag of it that’s bigger than I am! Next time I go I will add in some composted grass and more manure… then it’s ready to sit and mature and will be ready for the spring!

Please leave comments, questions, thoughts, and ideas below! I LOVE to hear from readers! 🙂


Author: regrowroots

I am abundant love, joy, and healer.

4 thoughts on “Raised Beds at the Garden

  1. Great plan with the raised bed. What’s the first crop you plan to grow there?

    • Hi Shane. I just checked out your blog and I love it! 🙂 We have so many dreams.. .We are stocking up on manure, coffee grounds, newspaper, cardboard, and leaves so that we can lay out lots and lots of beds to rest until Spring. We do plan on growing some fall and winter veggies under makeshift low tunnels – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, and hopefully lettuce and sprouts as well.

  2. I just discovered your blog through a comment you left on five seed’s blog. I LOVE the idea of using an old bookshelf for a raised bed – how clever!

    • Oh thank you! It worked out so perfectly. 🙂 We have recently been working on more sheet mulching, using cardboard from my dad’s work and leaves from the yard. Now we need to get some manure, lots of local manure, to throw on top of it. It’s a lot of fun!

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