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How to Build a Raised Wood Chip Organic Gardening Bed for beginners, Cheap Designs – Part 1

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Part 1 of 6. How to Build a 2 FEET TALL Organic Raised Wood Chip Gardening Bed for beginners for $25. Make Easy/cheap designs will Double your roots growth with Air Pruning. Use your own free wood-chips and compost. Best organic raised garden beds for tomatoes and vegetables growing tips gardening design. The WIRE MESH is made of 1/2 inch squares.

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Bob Gunner says:

Love it! I was just thinking about doing a raised bed of just woodchips. Say in a shaded area and just do garlic. It stands to reason that if a layer of wood chips on top of the soil will retain moisture, they should do it on the sides as well. Thanks for the vid!

kspdt says:

I'm glad I found your channel. A wealth of info. As I plan to retire in one year, I'm preparing….

These will be perfect for my crappy soil / future garden area!

Seems like the Eden garden everyone talks about is mulch continually placed over the soil. I was waiting for you to do that. Do you not put any mulch over the soil?

I know you allow the stalks from what grows to be cut and laid down. Is that all you do?

Just learning. Thanks!

clive mossmoon says:

Hi Mark, will you be able to plant in these same raised beds this year, or do they just last one year? Thanks!

John Reusch says:

Mark,
I want to raise only strawberries with the white clover and sunflower. The question I have is when the strawberry season is over and in the fall, how would you raise the bed lever after it has settled. I know you keep layering the woodchips, leaf mold and soil to the top of the bed, but how do you keep from covering the strawberry mother plant and clover after the woodchips and leafs de-compose the mother plants also settle down.

John Reusch says:

Mark,
I really like the 2' raised bed I understand the whole process and I believe it would be a good addition for my u-pick blackberries/red rasp. I like the idea of not having to bend over to pick the strawberries. The question I have is how are you going to keep the strawberries from freezing? I know perennials that are kept in a pot will freeze it they are not in the ground. Do you think the wall of wood chips will insulate the strawberries enough?  Large growers cover the strawberries with straw. I am trying to keep the labor cost at a minimum. We use nothing but woodchips on our cane crops and they are doing GREAT.

Tom Miller says:

I watched and subscribed, will watch more of your videos for sure.
There's an Amish saw mill close by and I believe they also have a chipper, they sell natural/un dyed mulch. I'd like to know which woods to avoid if any.

John Reusch says:

Do you or have you ever used grass clippings in any of your projects?

MrTonos10 says:

I am starting my first garden and perma at that. I love your videos! Informative, instructive, well thought out and scientifically backed (love the microscope piece on nematodes). I am currently going through all of them to make sure I get as much information as possible. Thanks again for the very educational instructions and I look forward to more. Keep up the great work!

Ddfasf Pfdasfdaf says:

We've been looking for ways to transform a large chunk of our garden into framed hugelkultur beds. Last year we built a section using redwood framed beds, and although we got the wood for a great price, it's still cost prohibitive when you're looking to do about a 1/4 acre worth of space. I happened onto your video on this a couple weeks ago and it has allowed us a lower cost option to the redwood. We've built 10 of these beds so far using 1/4 inch mesh instead of the 1/2 inch. This should allow minimal soil seepage since we do not intend to line the edges with wood chips. The hugelkultur logs will serve a lot of the same purpose anyway in regards to holding water and releasing nutrients. I'm wondering what you estimate the lifespan on these to be? Obiously, galvanized metal will last some time, but I don't have much experience with it constantly in contact with soil.

david chance says:

how often do you water and is there a self wicking way to water?maybe a drip sys? thanks great idea and channel

49testsamiam49 says:

its march and I am inspired by your vid…. planning to cover areas of my lawn with cardboard then woodchips… in a month I plan to dig holes for tomatoes and hills of squash… thinking of lining the holes with woodschips putting the soil with compost and sand back in planting clover and oats to get roots started to innoculate and fill th soil with fungi so when I lant my tomatoes or squash the soil will be ready…. any thoughts?? Sam

Escape From NY says:

If you want to be a bit more exacting about the woodchip wall, you can use cardboard. Make a cardboard shape (round or square) about the width of the space you want to fill with compost/soil. Lift out the cardboard when done adding soil and chips.

Tom Burke says:

love the idea and have started to build one. Question why not build a 8X4 rather than a smaller 4X4? I am building an 8X4 and will let u know the results. Thanks again.

ceres hall says:

I really like this idea! Hmmmm looks like I will be headed to Tractor Supply!

mark t says:

i wonder if you extended the mesh up some if it would protect my crop from all the critters i have around here. have you ever tried that or do you have any videos on that?

Mark & Emy Shibukawa says:

Mark, where do we buy the cattle panels?

Eric K. says:

Great video tutorial. Love your blooming trees

Susan Berryhill says:

I have a lot of ragweed. That got out of control- can I place this in a heavy area of ragweed or not?? It's an annual but concerned I might be fighting it forever- pull ragweed or weed wack?? Thanks so much – great content & to the point!! Appreciate you, Sue

Cheryl Smyth says:

I think I might try it but shape it into keyhole garden.

Cheryl Smyth says:

wood chips take a lot of nitrogen to decompose out of soil, which would take away from plant growth.

Off-beat Homesteader says:

genius! do you know approximately how much per bed this would cost?

Cathy Smith says:

can you use straw instead of wood chips?for air pruning?

FOR8YESHUA says:

Hi Mark! Would this work with the 3 following variables of; 1.) a bed 5' W x 8' to 16' L, 2.) use 2nd growth cut alfalfa hay & or non aged fresh leaves & 3.) an inner removable support liner fence ( like on the outside of the bed) to be used temporarily until all the wood chip and leaf mold are placed in the bed?

Cilla Geldenhuys says:

cool!…I plan to try this at the farm school Edugarden where I volunteer

Cathy bosarge says:

I love your puppy! SO cute!

Jo Mo says:

Did you have any problems with the soil drying up too fast?
How often did you have to water?

MsTinaDiane says:

Wouldn't the wood chips breakdown over the next year or so? Wouldn't that leave the outside perimeter vulnerable to rapid decomposition?

guifercon says:

That was a nice project!

Why dont you buy a bag of seed spawn of mushrooms and try to inoculate as you fill it up?
maybe you will need to use straw instead of wood chips.

Kathy Hirsch says:

love your idea need to plant my strawberries thanks

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