Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows us how to build a raised bed garden and explains why it's easy to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs in these convenient elevated beds.
A compact garden of raised beds near the beach in New Zealand produces "six packs" of vegetables all year round for this couple, a pair of fine art photographers.
Of all the root vegetables I grow, it is the potatoes that give me the biggest thrill at harvest time. I love to stick my hands in the soil and retrieve the buried bounty, with a yield of eight to ten potatoes for every one that I plant.
Q: To prepare well-drained, fertile soil for summer's vegetables, I'd like to build raised beds now. What's your advice on design and construction? — David Laufman, Vienna, Va.