Organic Raised Bed Gardens

Organic Raised Bed Gardens

By definition, organic raised beds, are those that don’t use sprays, pesticides or chemical additives whatsoever, in other words everything that we have planted in these is grown naturally. Periodically, we may use some organic fertiliser but this has been certified not to contain any harmful ingredients and is deemed fit for use with our vegetables, herbs and or salads. There is so much written and said nowadays about all the harmful chemical sprays, that we may use for the elimination of pests and insects in the growing of our vegetables, that as a result, we are not that sure if it is even safe to purchase and consume supermarket veggies at all. That said, if we have our own organic raised bed gardens out in our back yards or back gardens and we sow and tend to them ourselves, then we can eliminate all those worries and fears.





Raised Vegatable Garden Bed



Preparation of an organic bed;


As soon as we have completed and assembled the raised bed frame, the next step is to dig and prepare the soil within, add a good grade of ordinary topsoil, then add some peat, some old, aged and composted material like leaves, hedge trimmings and some aged farmyard manure. I would not add lawn grass cuttings as this material contains a lot of nitrogen and therefore is not considered  beneficial for organic gardening purposes. An ideal time to prepare these beds is around the fall or autumn time, we leave all the materials to breakdown over winter, just leave nature do its thing. Come springtime the soil is fresh, rejuvenated and fertile and thus we are now ready for planting.

If we cannot get our hands on this material, the other alternative of preparing our raised beds is to add some bone meal or fish meal into the soil, both of which are made from natural ingredients and will suffice just as well in the preparation of our beds for vegetable planting.



Vegetable Garden



What to plant:


When we talk of organic gardening, we tend to speak about vegetables primarily but we can include salads and herbs in this discussion also. Practically all types of veggies can be planted and grown in these conditions, preparation is key and once that has been taken care of, the rest is easy. To categorise every vegetable separately would require a library of detail, however, we can source any information which we may require online and this information in book or kindle format, is also available for purchase over the internet. Our local garden centre will always provide the advice on what is best to plant and sow. A lot will depend on where we reside and what the prevailing climate is like, ie, how early we can begin to plant these vegetables. I would begin with onions, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, and lettuces and cabbages maybe strawberries, tomatoes and peas also. As these are easy to grow and will produce a yield earlier if grown in raised beds then the following year we could expand some more, in order to accommodate other household favourites.

Advantages and maintenance:


The greatest advantage we have in using our own organic raised bed method is, that we have healthy wholesome produce, ready for consumption when needed and no worries about the amount of airmiles travelled etc. The other important and more pressing concern is, we know ourselves what we used to grow these and we can be reassured in the knowledge, that no harmful sprays were used in the growing of our vegetables. By using the composted materials we have mentioned above allows for moisture to be retained for longer in the bed frames.

When our plants become established, we can mulch around them with bark cuttings, leaves and perhaps some straw also, which will suppress any weeds. The maintenance is reduced considerably by using the raised bed system and thus makes our gardening jobs more enjoyable and much more fun. When the growing season is over all we need is to add some composted material and more farmyard manure, fork in well so as it will integrate with the existing bed soil and leave over winter to breakdown again. This will ensure that our raised bed will be organic in nature going forward.



Organic vegetable raised bed



Fertilizing organic raised beds;


This is where we need to be extra careful and need to give due diligence to what we will use for fertilising our raised beds, so that they remain organic in name and in nature. Once again our local garden centre will give freeily their expert advise as to what gardening supplements are safe and advisable to use. These products are slightly more expensive than the norm and would carry or have the ‘certified organic’ in their ingredients list. Staying with the organic trend and if we are concientiously intending to be organically inclined, why not produce our own homemade liquid fertilizer, which will be 100% organic.

We would be mildly surprised as to how easy this is achieved. There are two ingredients that are considered as weeds and are definitely not a gardeners best friend. These two plants are more widly known as the common nettle and comfrey. They grow wild in our gardens and throughout the countryside. It’s really simple to make this fertiliser from these weeds, just cut and place into a container like a barrel or water tank, then add water and cover. Leave for about 2 weeks approx and that will give us mineral and amendment rich liquid fertilizer. Do each seperately and stir vigourously with a stick about once a week. The mixing rate is rather simple, ie, for one packed bucket of nettles just add one bucket of water and do the same for the comfrey. Do not use the seed heads, flowers or roots of these plants in our mixture. One word of caution however and that is, the smell from this mixture is very pungent and rancid. We just apply with a watering can or bucket container and that will enhance and improve the quality and quantity of our vegetables. Apply at a ratio of approx 1:10, ie one part solution to 10 parts of water.

I hope that the above article is useful and informative and if so, always remember that we are a sociable and interactive gang here at If you have any questions or queries, please use the comments box down below and we will reply in due course.

Happy gardening once again,

Cheers             Phil Browne.


” The gardener cultivates wildness,

but he does so

carefully and respectfully,

in full recognition of its mystery “

― Michael Pollan


8 thoughts on “Organic Raised Bed Gardens

  1. Like your site really like the images. Your subjects are so varied and appropriate. Like your menu on the right that clearly shows recent posts. Nice site design. Love how easy it is to read. I think making paragraphs just a little shorter would be even easier to read? That’s just a suggestion. I love the quote of poetry super nice fresh touch. Your site is nice and appears very active.

    1. Hi there

      Many thanks for stopping by and offering feedback comments. I am glad that you liked the post on organic raised beds.There is such a great amount of detail on this subject that can be written and it will take time to write about every aspect of this great past-time.

      Thanks again for stopping by,

      happy gardening,

      Cheers  Phil Browne

  2. Hey there

    I got some great ideas from reading your post.
    My 5 year old son has been growing vegetables at his preschool this year and we are looking at continuing this at home and getting all the kids to make their own vegie garden.
    I prefer to go organic mainly because I don’t use chemicals in my house and I wouldn’t want my children using them.
    i find organic vegetables last longer and actually taste better!
    thanks for your information

    1. Hi there hailey

      Many thanks for stopping by and for reading this article, its greatly appreciated.I love the idea that schools are now beginning to show and teach children some gardening ideas at school. It’s a great place for children to learn all about the great story of gardening and how stuff grows.

      The idea of having and growing our vegetables organically will also make for a better and healthier life, for sure.

      Thanks again for stopping by and happy gardening with your son,

      Cheers      Phil Browne.

        1. Hi there again,
          Thanks again for the comments, they are greatly appreciated once again.
          I am glad that you son is finding out all about how vegetables are grown and what we can do with them once they are harvested.
          It’s a great education for them at that age and it’s something that will stand in good stead to them later in life.
          Thanks again for stopping by
          Happy gardening,
          Cheers Phil Browne.

  3. Hey Phil!

    My wife has lately been kind of crazy about home gardens, so she started growing tomatoes in our tinny little balcony.

    I think this organic beds are a good idea, so I’m going to pass this info tho her and she what comes up.

    Who knows? Maybe we end up not having to buy veggies at the grocery store ever again 😉

    Thanks for the info! Very helpful.

    1. Hi there israel

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its very much appreciated. I am glad that you have decided to start your own raised beds for growing your vegetables and i am sure it will be great fun and you will be very excited when your hard work starts to produce yields.

      It would be a great way to start a life of self sufficiency, that’s for sure.

      Thanks again for stopping by and happy gardening

      Cheers    Phil Browne

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