Introduction: Grow Food in Your Bed.

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Do you like fresh vegetables?

Why not save energy and money by growing your own.



My garden is tiny and mainly in shadow....... everything is small scale, trying to make best use of the space?

It's easy peasy; start growing food within the hour in raised beds using old scaffold planks.

Step 1: Get Wood.

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In the foreground is the bed I made 5 months ago.

In the background is the woodchipped patch of ground I'm going to use for the next bed.

Using these old scaffold planks I'm simply creating the four walls of the bed.

Step 2: Chopper.

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Put two nails in each corner and hit with a hammer or axe.

Step 3: Fill Bed.

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To cheaply fill the bed, I started with some sand that a neighbour didn't want, some soil that was in a skip, and leaf mould and compost made from my vegetable peelings that I have been composting for the last few months.

I put a top layer of compost from a garden centre.

Step 4: Fill All Available Sufaces.

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This is my mini-shed roof.; what a mess, but it does catch the sun.

Using the principles already outlined, here is my roof garden.... with the tiny spinach starting their long journey to my stomach.

Step 5: From Humble Beginnings.

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This growing all started from my previous instructable, "window box on a bike", which showed me that growing food is possible almost anywhere.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Window-Box--For-the-transient-gardener./

I have grown garlic, cabbages, onions and broccoli; this year I've added spinach, rocket, spearmint, tomatoes, potatoes.

They are all easy to grow and the time to plant is now; March April.

I hope that this inspires someone.

Happy growing.

Comments

A good name (author)2009-06-19

Hiya... how long before onions will be large enough to harvest?

arirang777 (author)2009-04-30

The water butt, rain barrel, etc, not only saves you water, but makes sure it is in a nice temperature. Here in Canada water coming from the pipes is really cold. The one time I was watering MY tomatoes with a hose, my neighbour Tony, (you guessed: An Italian guy) almost kicked my buttocks. Lesson learnt! Cheers!

tim_n (author)2009-04-11

Best to screw the boards on - pressure of the soil will push the ends out (having done this myself, I speak with experience!) Well done for using all available space.

liam01 (author)2009-04-02

wow i love the bike. such a awesome idea :)

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