April 9, 2010, Newsletter Issue #125: Raised Garden Beds in the South

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Hurricane season may have played havoc with the South, but you might want to start to rebuild by planting a garden...you can donate fresh veggies to survivors in shelters. Trouble is, the weather in the South can be brutal...maybe not for okra or fried green tomatoes, but for many other plants in your vegetable garden.

A raised vegetable garden or herb garden is ideal for Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida--let's not forget, raised garden beds produce 1.4 to 2 times as much vegetables as ordinary garden beds...just think of all the evacuees that can feed! Raised vegetable garden design allows more drainage and less dryness, so your plants won't wilt in that famous Southern humidity. Just to be safe, choose plants that are designed to be as tough as Scarlett O'Hara: Arugula Bush Bean Pole Bean Early Wonder Beet Broccoli Raab Broccoli De Cicco Danvers and Scarlet Nantes CarrotsBok Choy Mini White Cucumber Long Purple Eggplant Red Russian Kale Beefsteak Tomato Seven Top Turnip

In yoru vegetable garden, rotate your southern crops according to the principles of organic gardening, and throw in some heat-resistant basil for a bombined vegetable and herb garden. When you're growing vegetables, you're helping the reconstruction effort. True, there have been scads of green raised, but raised beds are a tangible way to make a difference.

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