3 x 6 ft. beds, such as these Copper Cap Raised Beds, hold 15 cubic feet of soil.
Good soil is the single most important ingredient for a good garden. Raised beds give you an immediate advantage over a regular garden, because when you fill your raised bed, you can fill it with a blend of soil that’s superior to the native soil in your y [...]
Before: A 4×8 raised bed after a long winter and spring, filled with weeds from wind-blown seeds.
How long does it take to weed your garden? In just 12 minutes, I was able to take a weedy 4×8 raised bed and make it ready for planting.
The before-and-after photos show one of the big benefits of raised bed gardening: Pulling weeds [...]
My own 20-year old asparagus bed in mid-April, at the start of the harvest season. Look, no weeds!
Asparagus is one of the easiest and most satisfying vegetables you can grow. At my house, the asparagus harvest will soon be drawing to a close. Some of us are rather happy about that. We’ve been eating asparagus at least once a day since the en [...]
My 4 x 8-ft. raised bed.
I love a neat garden that is intensively planted and incredibly productive. But I hate to plant microscopic seed, then go through the tedious process of thinning out the extras. Typically I waste a lot of seed when planting salad greens and carrots. And my back aches from thinning over-seeded beds. So, last year I was [...]
Chives in flower
A new variety of tomato called 4th of July, a relatively compact, indeterminate variety that is ideal for growing in containers.
Newly planted Terrazza Self-Watering Raised Bed (front) and Terrazza Trough Planter
Vegetable transplants are arriving daily, and they look beautiful. I set out a bed of mixed peppers and bunching o [...]
From time to time, a customer will ask us why more of our products aren’t made in the United States. The fact is, we try to buy from producers and manufacturers here in the U.S., and we get more of our products from the U.S. than any other country.
The crew at our manufacturing facility in Georgia, VT, where our carts are made. Th [...]
Despite the weather-related challenges, our potatoes are growing.
After the first five weeks of our pilot year of Company Farm, I’ve learned that farming is not for the fainthearted. Nor is it for people who tend to worry. When you start a farm (or a backyard garden), you surrender certain controls and take what nature dishes out.
We st [...]
Ellen Ecker Ogden’s design in progress, top, for the 2×8 Elevated Cedar Raised Bed, below, which features flowers. Ogden’s design, A Paint Box Garden of Edible Plants, features vegetables.
If you’re a garden designer in Vermont, what do you do in the winter? If you’re creative, you design!
Ellen Ecker Ogden, who c [...]