Raised Bed Revolution

New Book out
by Lola Honeybone
May 15, 2016

To steal a phrase from one of my favorites, Kylee Baumle: “At this point in the season, garden books are lined up like planes on a runway.” I would love to jump the queue, if at all possible, with a brand new release from Tara Nolan: Raised Bed Revolution. The book covers everything to do with raised beds, from construction and DIY ideas to questions about planting, soil, materials, etc., so that readers can frame a neat, tidy and bountiful, contained garden. Think beds bursting with zinnias, nasturtiums, heirloom sunflowers, tomatoes and cucumbers…

In fact, Nolan harvests blooms from her beds, just as she does potatoes and lettuce. She loves the hard-working raised bed that serves both as a cut flower garden and as a salad bowl, and can elaborate on these ideas.

Late spring / summer topics:

* Accessorize your raised bed: Before you fill your raised bed with soil and plants, consider adding these "accessories" based on your growing conditions. Examples include stakes to prevent wood from shifting over time, irrigation, such as drip lines, hoops for row cover, hardware cloth to prevent underground pests, like voles and more.

* Garden BFFs: 4 reasons to plant ornamental blooms in your raised beds. From increasing your yield to creating a balanced eco-system of good and bad bugs, discover what you can plant beyond just veggies.

Raised beds turn the notion of a traditional veggie plot on its head. “I think a raised bed can instantly transform a garden space,” explains Nolan. “It neatens up the area, but many also become part of the landscape. There are so many options available these days, from steel raised beds that age to a lovely patina to stock tanks.”

Materials have come a long way. And so have imaginations. Create pathways with multiple beds, buy ready-to-use kits that eliminate the need for hammer and nail (she has her favorites) or go crazy and build a star-shaped bed. Nolan even gardens in pre-sewn fabric raised beds (available in multiple sizes) that are made from geo-textiles – her potatoes live here every season.

Simply fold them up and store for winter. She has converted an antique table to do double duty as a salad garden and veggies burst from washbasins. The standard four-foot by six-foot raised bed plan is still on the table – but things have changed. With more urban gardeners wanting to dig in the dirt, Nolan emphasizes that raised beds can be any size to fit a yard, small patio or even a balcony. The only rule… you need six to eight hours of sunlight per day.

I’m just scratching the surface – Raised Bed Revolution covers it all.

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