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On the rise: The benefits of raised bed gardening

For some people, the restrictions of limited outdoor space, poor soil, no soil at all, or physical limitations make the prospect of gardening seem daunting, if not impossible. For these same reasons, raised bed gardening is becoming increasingly popular. Big benefits Raised beds can be purchased or constructed inexpensively and allow gardeners of all abilities…

Watch: Mark Krawczyk’s guide to raised beds

Mark Krawczyk (Keyline Vermont) has built a lot of raised beds. In this video, Mark delivers a strong argument for growing in a raised bed, and some important points to consider when building one. Why to choose a raised bed (00:16) Things to keep in mind when building a bed (00:55) Filling your raised bed…

Soil Testing II: How to read your test results

Last month, while writing about how to get to know your soil, we decided to do a soil sample test ourselves, to walk through the process with you and share what we discovered along the way. So we took some soil samples, and shipped them off to a lab at UVM. We wrote about that…

Soil Testing, Part I: Taking samples

As we were writing “Get to know your soil: Testing for nutrition, pH, and soil safety,” we figured it would be helpful if you could see exactly what the sampling & testing process looks like, so you know how to take full advantage of the soil test results.  Though there are other soil testing organizations out there,…

Get to know your soil: Testing for nutrition, pH, and soil safety

One thing I think we can all agree on is that spring in Vermont is like rolling the dice, and this year, we landed on snow. The ski industry has been happy as can be, but we gardeners…WE ARE READY TO DIG!!! And dig we shall! Soils in Vermont (and Chittenden County in particular) quickly change from…