I'm no master gardener, but I've been using the raised bed approach for a couple of years and I've found it to be pretty effective. Even though this is my primary method, I also plant edibles anywhere there is room in my yard, whether I am working in a raised bed or not.
The Square Foot Gardener tells you to use a mix of peat moss, compost and vermiculite. Of course, I try to never buy anything that I can get for free, so I make up my own cheapskate garden mix. It contains top soil that I beg off people doing construction, compost I make myself, and manure that I get from nearby animal farmers. Without these measures, it would be very expensive to get a raised bed garden going!
Let me show you some of the things I have growing. (We've only lived in our new place for about eight months so our gardens are not as developed as I envision them being in the future.)
|Black currant bushes (8)|
|Strawberries (15 plants)|
|garlic grass and garlic chives (among weeds)|
|cabbage, spinach, kale, swiss card, peas, carrots, turnips|
|lots of onions, broccoli, cauliflower|
Oh yeah! Indoors I have aloe vera, a banana tree, a tangerine tree, and shitake mushrooms growing. I will share more information on these indoor plants with you soon!
What about you? What's your favorite thing to grow? Are you a square foot gardener?