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A raised bed garden

This raised bed supply list is a part of the Alabama Extension Grow More, Give More project.

  • 4′×8′×10″ (minimum depth) raised garden bed*
  • Eight bags potting soil mix (2 cubic feet each)
  • Eight bags soil conditioner (fine ground bark mulch; 2 cubic feet each)
  • Four bags composted manure OR mushroom compost (2 cubic feet each)
  • Three bags coarse shredded mulch (for soil moisture retention; 2 cubic feet each)
  • 3 pound bag gypsum** (for summer garden)
  • 3 to 4 pound bag granular fertilizer for vegetable gardens
  • Insecticidal soap (for soft-bodied insects)
  • Bt dust or spray (organic sourced insecticide for controlling caterpillars, aka worms)
  • Fungicide (fungal plant diseases can seriously impact plant health)
  • Sturdy tomato cage, twine, or other way to support large or climbing plants

Seeds or transplants for early spring and late summer planting (mature plants cannot tolerate high heat): beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, radishes, spinach, and turnips

Seeds or transplants for late spring and summer planting (cannot tolerate frost): cucumber, eggplant, peppers, tomato, and zucchini

Check “The Alabama Vegetable Gardener” at www.aces.edu for a complete listing of crops and planting dates.

Helpful tools include:

  • hose, nozzle, or watering can to transport water to garden area
  • gardening gloves
  • hand trowel
  • hand cultivator

*Raised beds can be constructed from preassembled kits or various materials you may already have on hand. Limestone may be needed depending on the soil/potting mix you choose. Find more information at “Raised Bed Gardening,” Extension publication ANR-1345 (www.aces.edu/blog/topics/lawn-garden/raised-bed-gardening/).

**Using the ratio of compost to potting mix should give a balanced pH for vegetable growth. Summer crops will still need soil calcium for sturdy fruit production. A 4-foot by 8-foot bed needs 6 cups, or 3 pounds, of gypsum for each summer garden.


Download a PDF of Raised Bed Supply List, ANR – 2664. 

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