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How to Plant a Raised Garden Bed

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to properly plant an elevated garden

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to properly plant an elevated garden.

Steps:
1. Use a garden trowel to dig holes for plants no deeper than the root ball.
2. Pull the plants from their pots, and loosen compacted roots by hand.
3. Sprinkle a little starter fertilizer into the holes and mix a little more into the soil removed from the holes.
4. Set the plants into the holes, then backfill around them with amended soil; don't pack soil too tightly.
5. Arrange the taller plants along the rear of the bed, and put the shorter-growing plants in front. That way, taller plants won't block the sun from the other plants.
6. Thoroughly soak the garden with a watering wand.
7. Spread 2 inches of alfalfa straw around all the plants and over all bare soil.

 
 

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