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Old 04-05-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Hi CD gardeners...I've read about thirty pages between this thread and the other sticky one. I'm new at gardening (and a bit "gun shy" because my father and his mother could grow ANYTHING). I was able to sprout some seeds last year but nothing grew when we put the in starter containers (I bought these Starter Kits).

I have a serious knee injury and my yard is not level. I have about 9-10 down the deck and I'm afraid I won't be able to do that on a regular basis. This may be the silliest question ever posted so please don't laugh. Is it possible for me to do square foot gardening and container gardening on my deck? I'm wondering if I could just build the grids in each corner of my deck and tend to them that way. I am in the Raleigh area of NC and have been here about four years, but this is only our second year in trying to grow vegetables in containers.

My kids are still in elementary school and are excited to try again. We have corn, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and cilantro sprouting on top of the fridge now. They all look healthy and strong at the moment so I want to get this right this time.

Any helpful advice is welcome.
No question is silly glad you found these threads yes you can garden from your deck. Here are a couple of links to some elevated beds you can use as a guide to build yours.

Elevated Garden Beds | Raised Garden Beds | Gardener's Supply


How to build a simple elevated garden bed with Louis Damm - YouTube

I don't have tools or building skills so I ordered the one in the 2nd video to do square foot gardening for the first time this year.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:10 PM
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Of course you can, as long as you have enough light. Use the SFG formula for soil and water regularly. I have a 6x6' SFG and have just finished planting it. A small family can get plenty of crops from only one or two of any plants. after the first year, you will be able to judge what does best and can adjust accordingly.
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Old 04-05-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Thank you both for responding. That looks really simple that I may even be able to manage it. I plan to go to the hardware store tomorrow and figure things out. Thanks again!
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:32 PM
 
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You're welcome although I've gardened all my life this will be the first year for patio raised bed gardening. Glad we could help.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We'll figure it out together this year. ;-)
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:57 PM
 
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I got the supplies to make a raised sfg garden bed today. I am excited to construct it. It will be 2ft by 5ft. Just doing a basic box frame style to try it out. Wood is 2x6. So not tall at all. I'll be dreaming dreams about it tonight. Lol!
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:01 AM
 
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I have another question. My kiddies watched the video with me and they asked why is it raised off the ground. I am assuming it's for some reason other than asethetics, but I'm not sure.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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I found these online today at my local hardware store. I think they would be perfect for me since they are on casters. I already have a bunch of individual pots from last year so I think between those and two of these I'll have enough for our sprouts.

Resin Raised beds

The kids and I so excited. We are going to get started after lunch!
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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I got the supplies to make a raised sfg garden bed today. I am excited to construct it. It will be 2ft by 5ft. Just doing a basic box frame style to try it out. Wood is 2x6. So not tall at all. I'll be dreaming dreams about it tonight. Lol!
Have fun. I love my sfg

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I have another question. My kiddies watched the video with me and they asked why is it raised off the ground. I am assuming it's for some reason other than asethetics, but I'm not sure.
The raised beds "off" the ground are made for people who have trouble bending or leaning down to the ground for gardening.

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I found these online today at my local hardware store. I think they would be perfect for me since they are on casters. I already have a bunch of individual pots from last year so I think between those and two of these I'll have enough for our sprouts.

Resin Raised beds

The kids and I so excited. We are going to get started after lunch!
That looks great. Have fun. What do your kids want to grow?
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:24 PM
 
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I got my sfg ready for the year and the grids are in place. So far I have planted peas, lettuce, spinach and onions.
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