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Raised Vegetable Gardens

Raised Vegetable Gardens

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Published by David Borthwick
How to start a raised vegetable garden so you can enjoy the freshness and cost savings of your own home grown herbs and vegetables.
How to start a raised vegetable garden so you can enjoy the freshness and cost savings of your own home grown herbs and vegetables.

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Published by: David Borthwick on May 10, 2010
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Copy my proven growing methods and beharvesting your own fresh food within8 weeks
 – 
from Scratch!
 
Imagine the delicious meals you’ll enjoy with the fresh herbs and
vegetables you pick, ripe and fresh
 —
straight from your own garden.Flavours like y
our grandparents enjoyed on the farm. Flavours you’ve
almost forgotten... but can now enjoy again.
Imagine the compliments you’ll receive from family and friends as they
visit for meals. And the things they say when they see the lush greenbounty growi
ng right outside your kitchen. They’ll hardly believe
 
you’ve
grown all this yourself!Imagine the sense of satisfaction
 —
 
the pride you’ll have knowing you’re
giving your family the healthiest, most nutritious food available. Super-foods that give you extra energy, the ability to focus longer and thegoodness you need to lose weight, build muscle and feel years younger.Herbs and vegetables that are brimming with natural colour and flavour
 —
not spoiled by nasty chemicals. And alive with freshness
 —
not dyingin cold storage or from thousands of kilometers in transport trucks.Imagine the convenience of picking fresh produce a few steps from yourkitchen. No more hurried, last-minute trips to the busy grocery store topick up ingredients for dinner. Your own garden will provide all thefresh goodies you need
 —
all year round.
Raised garden beds are one of the easiest ways of growing the vegetables that you need for your families meals.
 
This manual will take you through the steps I follow to set up an easy
raised garden to produce the fresh food I need. If you haven’t done thissort of thing before, don’t worry, we’ll just start off with a small growing
area and you can add to it as your food growing confidence grows.Firstly, you need to decide which are the main herbs and vegetables thatyou would like to grow. No doubt there will be favorites that you use innearly every meal but there maybe others that are hard to find in theshops or are of poor quality. Vegetables will vary as to what is suitableto grow at certain times of the year so I am writing this for a climatethat will get down to about 5 degrees for a couple of months in Winter
and up to the mid 30’s for a couple of months in Summer. This leaves
quite a few months which is perfect growing weather of around 15 to 25degrees. Many vegetable seeds like the soil temperature to be quitewarm to germinate quickly.Step 1
OK, so let’s make a list.
How do some of these sound?Lettuce
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A favorite with varieties suitable for growing all year round.Tomato
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Usually a must, taste so much better than the shop ones.Beans
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Dwarf beans don’t need staking and produce heaps.
 Carrots
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Go for the smaller types. Should be able to grow all year.Celery
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Can’t beat the crunch of home grown celery.
Start cutting early.Cucumbers
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Fast growers. Grow up a stake to save space.Shallots
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Easy to harvest as required. Takes up next to no space.Tomatoes
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Definitely. Start off with the smaller cherry varieties.Basil
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Good companion for both growing and eating with tomatoes.Zucchini
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Fast producers. Do need a bit more space.Silverbeet
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Easy and fast. Harvest the leaves as needed.Beetroot
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Grow for the baby leaves and get the bulb as a bonus.

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