Raised Gardens


Tips for Successful Raised Gardens

  1. Start small. Start with a small raised garden to see if it works for you.
  2. Keep any weeds down with a deep layer of mulch.
  3. Start with easy seedlings like lettuce, parsley, and basil
  4. Make sure you use great soil. Good soil is important in any garden, but it is essential in a raised garden. There’s not a lot of room for error here, so get the best soil you can afford.
  5. Make it as deep as you can. Shallow raised gardens are much harder to deal with than deep ones.
  6. Add trellises to grow vegetables up and save space. One zucchini left to its own will take up a huge amount of space, for example. Train it up so you can grow low-growing vegetables in front. Here are 15 sturdy trellis ideas.
  7. Fertilize regularly. Use a good organic fertilizer, as often as the packaging says.
  8. Start a compost pile so you have a ready supply of goodness to add to your raised garden. Remember, raised gardens do not “make” their own nutrient like an in-ground garden might. You’ll have to feed it everything it needs.
  9. Plan for a cover. Raised gardens are even more susceptible to bugs and animals than in-ground gardens. It’s a good idea to plan for an animal-proof cover if the need arises. Could be anything from a simple net cover to a complete roof.

2013 Planting Schedule

This will be updated a few times.

Warm weather plants (i.e. after danger of last frost, will get planted May 15.

  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers (seedlings)
  • zucchini (direct sow. seeds)

Cool weather plants, late April, from seedlings

  • spinach
  • lettuce

Direct sow plants (late April)

  • Nantes carrots
  • Champion radishes (heirloom)

Direct sow plants, after danger of last frost (May 15)

  • White Lisbon bunching onions (i.e. heirloom green onions)
  • sugar pie pumpkins
  • Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins


  • yukon gold potatoes
  • red pontiac potatoes
  • sweet corn
  • green beans
  • yellow onions
  • red onions
  • sweet potatoes