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Permanent Raised Bed Gardening

Construction and Advanced Cultural Technology for Home, Community and Market Gardens

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Posted Apr. 29, 2007

The Noble Research Institute Horticulture Center was created to assist the market gardener and the serious home gardener in producing high quality vegetables, fruit and flowers on marginal soils. To accomplish this, a project was initiated in 1990 to research and demonstrate the advantages of raised bed gardening.

Gardeners don't have to be professional builders to construct and outfit the beds described in this manual. Most of the work can be accomplished with hand tools. A few power tools and specialized equipment are required in some situations. If these tools aren't available in the garage or work shed, don't panic. All of them are available through equipment rental stores.

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Steve Upson serves as a senior horticulture consultant and has worked at Noble Research Institute since 1988. He received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Kansas State University. Before joining Noble, he served as a county and area Extension horticulture specialist with the Oklahoma State University Extension service and managed a commercial market garden operation east of Kansas City, Missouri. His areas of interest include raised bed and container gardening, commercial market gardening, and high tunnel (hoop house) construction and management.

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