Should I Plant In The Ground Or A Raised Bed

Today is Day 11 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I usually reach out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading. Each episode features one question and answer for 30 episodes.

However today I didn’t reach out to anyone for the answer, instead I really wanted to answer this question because this is something I put a lot of thought and research into back when I started gardening on my homestead.


Today’s question is “I am starting a vegetable garden and wanted to know if I should plant directly in the ground or should I build raised beds?”


This is a really good question and I want to tell you that the answer is “it depends”

In this podcast I give a rundown of the reasons you might choose to go with raised beds over planting in the ground and you can determine which one is right for you.




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Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.

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  1. I can attest to the fact that raised beds are expensive and a lot of work up front. We put in 2 4×12’s, 2 4×8, 1 4×4, and 1 4×24 last year. We had started building them in the fall of 2014 and had to finish building them spring 2015. And then fill with the soil/compost mixture. That was a lot of wheelbarrow loads. We had two truck loads delivered from the local nursery.

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