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Vegetable Gardening with Raised Beds

Bringing your vegetable garden up off the ground not only makes it more accessible, raised beds are easier to manage and often produce higher yields. They're especially ideal for South Florida, where the soil can be thin and rocky. Best of all, it's simple to create your own.

Construct a frame for your raised bed using bricks, concrete blocks, recycled plastic, or wood. You don't need to be handy, since many simple-to-use kits are available.

Most beds are three to four feet wide, but they can range from a few inches to a couple of feet deep. Fill them with your own custom soil mix to provide good growing conditions and help maximize your harvest.

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