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Use a PH tester before planting particularly of you mix your own soil and compost. these hand held ones are not always the most accurate, but testing in multiple locations on a bed will give you an indication if there is a problem. Most vegetables prefer a slightly acid to neutral PH of 6.5-7.0 But, other crops such as blueberries prefer very acid soil like PH 4.5-5.5 and still other plants like some fruit and nut trees need some alkalinizing.

Use a PH tester before planting particularly of you mix your own soil and compost. these hand held ones are not always the most accurate, but testing in multiple locations on a bed will give you an indication if there is a problem. Most vegetables prefer a slightly acid to neutral PH of 6.5-7.0 But, other crops such as blueberries prefer very acid soil like PH 4.5-5.5 and still other plants like some fruit and nut trees need some alkalinizing.

DIY HERB GARDEN..you can also buy benches and sit on concrete blocks to make different heights :)

Look! Terraced Herb Garden

Raised Vegetable Garden Plans ~ THIS ONE HAS THE WEED FABRIC AND MULCH BETWEEN THE BEDS.

Raised Vegetable Garden Plans ~ THIS ONE HAS THE WEED FABRIC AND MULCH BETWEEN THE BEDS.

Mulch your garden over winter. Mulching protects your soil from weather damage while not being used in the winter. Fallow periods for garden beds are good once in awhile to allow the soil to rest. When sprouting winter crops, peel the mulch back so that the soil surface can warm in the sun, but after plants emerge gently surround them with mulch again to keep them insulated from frost. If using hay as pictured here make sure it is seedless or grass will sprout from it.

Mulch your garden over winter. Mulching protects your soil from weather damage while not being used in the winter. Fallow periods for garden beds are good once in awhile to allow the soil to rest. When sprouting winter crops, peel the mulch back so that the soil surface can warm in the sun, but after plants emerge gently surround them with mulch again to keep them insulated from frost. If using hay as pictured here make sure it is seedless or grass will sprout from it.

Layout of a square foot garden http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Square_foot_gardening_rebuttal/

Layout of a square foot garden http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Square_foot_gardening_rebuttal/

This DIY built-in patio bench has storage space for pillows, propane tanks and other outdoor items. It even includes flower planters at both ends. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to build a similar outdoor bench custom-made for your patio.

DIY Corner Bench with Storage and Seating

This DIY built-in patio bench has storage space for pillows, propane tanks and other outdoor items. It even includes flower planters at both ends. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to build a similar outdoor bench custom-made for your patio.

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