One of the problems with storing food is that your stores are finite. That is, they eventually will run out. So you need to have a way of securing more food once those supplies are gone. If you are like me, you don’t have a lot of room for growing food, and raised beds are a good way to grow food in a small area.

If you are considering building a raised garden so you can grow your own vegetables, consider this video as a helpful starting place:

If you happen to live in Florida, you know that we have some unique issues here: heat, humidity, large amounts of strong sunlight, sandy soil, and a plethora of insects. This channel is created by a Florida raised bed gardener. I am sure you will find it helpful.

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SiG · March 23, 2022 at 7:01 am

The Florida problem is that not only are you in constant warfare to protect your food crops from being eaten by other critters, the insecticides and the weed killers aren’t as effective anymore. It’s for the environment. The Roundup you buy is half the strength it used to be. All because in one suit for damages, the people suing the company got enough jurors to win.

No real controlled study has ever concluded that Roundup causes cancer, nor has any country declared it a carcinogen. Even the EPA hasn’t ruled Roundup to be dangerous and you’ve got to know the EPA would love to regulate as much as they possibly can.

We’re not growing stuff because it’s a constant struggle to get out there every morning and evening to get rid of pests.

why · March 23, 2022 at 7:13 am


TechieDude · March 23, 2022 at 8:15 am

Took me 20 years to realize how to do this in DFW. You have to use raised beds since the native soil is like concrete. I just put in my third and I’m stoked. Last year was pretty productive. I had one cucumber plant that pretty much had me in cucumbers all summer. So much so I had to make pickles and relish.

He was right about the soil though. I find the soil you buy now is mostly crap compared to what I remember years ago. That said, I have two compost bins and everything goes in them – grass clippings, dogshit,
veggie trimmings. I had more than enough to add to my third bed.

Another issue I found is what types to plant. Where I live, you aren’t going to get a beefsteak tomato without a ton of work. It’s too hot and dry, so they split and don’t grow as big. Pick a smaller variety.

We have pest issues here in DFW as well, especially rabbits. The dogs do a great job dealing with them but they aren’t around 24×7.

Look up David the Good, he’s got a lot of great tips also.

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