Raised Bed Gardens for Beginners – Planning, Soil Mix, and Planting Guide

Raised Bed Gardens for Beginners – Planning, Soil Mix, and Planting Guide

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In today’s video, we’re going to walk them through planning their raised beds, buying and mixing soil, selecting plants, and both transplanting and direct-sowing their seeds. It’s a bit of a longer, more narrative-style video today, so I hope you enjoy the journey.

As a beginner, raised-bed gardening is probably your best path into the world of gardening in general. As long as you make it simple, cheap, and no-fail, you’ll be well on your way to gardening for many years to come.


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  1. Matthew Ready on August 17, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    I am going to be putting some raised beds on a decomposed granite surface. Sand -> gravel -> rocks -> dirt underneath. Can I pop the raised bed right on top or should I break down the layers underneath for more access to the soil?

  2. Lashawnda Pritchett on August 17, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Hello Epic Gardening, How would i fill a 4ft x4ft raised bed I current;y have pet moos black cow manure last year soil and vermiculite and compost manure also. Can you help me out. 2nd year gardener. I’m from Cleveland Ohio zone 6a I have plastic raised beds 3 4ft x4ft raised beds. Please advise. Thanks Shawnda

  3. Anna Marie Maliwat on August 17, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    If the mix is typically 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Vermiculite/Perlite Combo, and 1/3 Organic Matter (Manure or Compost), how do you account for the garden soil? Trying to wrap my head around making the right mixture myself. Thanks!

  4. Jing on August 17, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    5:32 master Kevin, why do u put black plastic Cloth at the bottom of raised bed? To keep more water in the bed?

  5. Toothless on August 17, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    what’s that stuff you put on the bottom of the raised beds? is that something we should do? I’m trying to see if it’s necessary to put a metal mesh and a plastic or other liner.

  6. Ruvana6709 on August 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Hi, your video was very helpful. I have a question, did you end up adding all or some of cow and chicken manure to the first bed. I just saw peat moss, perlite and steer manure. I am very new to soil mixes. Ty

  7. Bianca Melendez on August 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Do you use the same ingredients in your potting soil as your raised garden soil?

  8. Wilbur Pridgen on August 17, 2021 at 9:36 pm


  9. Robert Kollar on August 17, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Don’t you have to soak the peat moss before you put it into the bed or can it go in dry and mix it in, since you’re going to water it all together?

  10. Kat Denning on August 17, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I’m trying to start a new garden, this was very helpful information

  11. Brian Beauchamp on August 17, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I think it would be great if you did more videos like this, i.e. videos of you helping people who don’t know a lot but want to get into gardening. You could take them shopping and everything. If you take the show on the road, I could be your Waco, TX student. We could buy seeds at the silos from Chip and Jo 🙂

  12. Justin Gall on August 17, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    I liked this format. Conversations and questions answered some of my own questions.

  13. Bobbie Sue Sanders on August 17, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for showing us

  14. Fwied on August 17, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    What is the lining that you’re using?

  15. Jennifer Lucas on August 17, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    It’s chard not shard ,,

  16. Pray For The Nations on August 17, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I really enjoyed watching this. I wish more people had little gardening courses locally.

  17. Penny Foster on August 17, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Love your videos, they are very helpful. Nevertheless I am a bit surprised that you are promoting and buying peat moss for your garden. Extracting peat moss is devastating for the environment and has been boycotted by many gardeners. Peat moss locks in large amounts of CO2 for the planet but using it in gardening releases the CO2 and contributes to global warming. In addition, extracting peat moss from its environments destroys fragile eco systems that cannot be replaced easily and these are now in danger of extinction. You clearly understand the importance of soil in gardening so it would be great if you checked out these facts out and stopped recommending people to buy it Otherwise, thank you for your videos and enthusiasm. They are great!

  18. Aaron Brinen on August 17, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Great video!!! Is it really 3 kale per square? The book says 1 but I’m happy to be tighter.

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  20. Animuz on August 17, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I think we all know deep down that Chad & Todd’s garden is going to fail unless Kevin routinely visits to help them out. You could hear in his voice and see in his eyes he knows it too.
    Fun and funny to watch!

  21. Ruvana6709 on August 17, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Hi, thank you for sharing this video. It was very helpful. How much of each of those bags should be added, I have 2.5 ft by 6 ft bed, about 8" inch deep. Appreciate your response.

  22. Arthur Mor on August 17, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Is it ok to use treated wood for raised beds?

  23. X S on August 17, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Thank you there are a lot of videos on seed starting and care but I’m a visual learner so this answer questions I have when it comes putting my plants out.

  24. Robert Bombalier on August 17, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Why are you using treated lumber with plants that will be eaten?

  25. Sha Smi on August 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I will subscribe to your channel because I heard Puscifer in the background. Respect was earned here today.

  26. Justin C Knapp on August 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Curious if it’s safe to grow in pressure treated lumber boxes? I heard some it is some it isn’t?

  27. Srinivas Prabhu on August 17, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Once we fill up the raised bed in the said ratio, is adding just the compost in later stages sufficient or do we need to add the inorganic material as well?

  28. Cari Rea on August 17, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    How many cubic feet would you say these beds added up to? Sorry if I missed it in the video!

  29. B C on August 17, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    If I’m starting a vege garden in my suburban backyard. Should I rip out all of the grass and cover the entire garden with Wood chips?
    Then the raised beds can sit on wood chips surface.

  30. Epic Gardening on August 17, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    0:00 – Intro
    0:23 – Planting
    3:00 – Buying the Soil Mix
    5:04 – Total Failure
    5:17 – Adding Lining
    5:34 – Soil Mix Explained and Filling Beds
    6:48 – Watering Schedule Explained
    7:15 – Tips for Transplanting Tomatoes
    9:47 – Square Foot Gardening Planting Explained
    12:45 – Direct Sowing Explained

  31. Linda Hernandez on August 17, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Please recommend an online site where I may order mediium-sized raised beds (oxidized aluminum. Thank you.

  32. shimmers999 on August 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    any follow ups?

  33. RandomnessIsHere on August 17, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I was really trying to tell my parents how to keep the plants, that I bought and grew from seeds, alive and they won’t listen, so all of their plants are going to die because they aren’t listening.

  34. Dee Diva Uphill on August 17, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Can any one tell me as a beginner what soils I need to buy at home depot to start of with my first bed.. thanks in advance

  35. Creighton Bright on August 17, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Kevin, it looks like you’re using Pressure Treated 2×6’s? I thought pressure treated lumber was bad for plants – the chemicals they use to treat the lumber, that is. Can you clarify? Thanks!

  36. chriserony on August 17, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    In so glad you made this video. I live in California too and bought that same garden soil & manure, but got the "soil ammendment" bags instead of peat moss. Basically would be making a garden box with 70% different varieties of compost. Going to go back and grab the peatmoss and vermiculite!

  37. Tanjila Palmer on August 17, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Love your video

  38. Exceptional Talents PC on August 17, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Gotta love this video with boys doing gardening! So sweet!!

  39. B C on August 17, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    What do you think about rock dust as a raised bed mix?

  40. Melojane Valisno on August 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    what do you call those corner stone or brick and where I can buy those

  41. joey g on August 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    does the plastic liner have holes in them to drain the water?

  42. Christine Monell on August 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for this video. This is EXACTLY what I want to do in my yard

  43. lily qian on August 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hi, I watched many your videos last 2 months and all good info 🙂
    I have question. I use pre-mix raised bed soil for my beds and did not add any other stuff. After few months, lost 2′ of 9′ of soil. Can I mix Composted Cow Manure, Peat Moss, and garden soil and apply them on top layer of bed? Thanks.

  44. Anne E on August 17, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    What happened to these guys aftr 2 years?

  45. That Gardener on August 17, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Nice learned how to make bed – was quite scared on how to do it. Thanks.

  46. tina Caraballo on August 17, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    This was so cute. Wish i was there lol

  47. Blunt Force Mama on August 17, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Newbie gardener here. I want to put raised beds on concrete. Are there any considerations i need to take when doing that?

  48. Olivia Cruz on August 17, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Mixing the soil by hand is the best part!!