Raised Bed Gardens
American Ag Solutions builds custom raised bed gardens to provide homeowners the opportunity to raise their own healthy vegetables. This can also help lower your food cost while feeding your family vegetables that exceed the nutritional standards of the FDA.
We build all beds out of long lasting materials: using cedar, concrete blocks, or composite PVC material; all are trouble free for a long life. Not pre-built beds out of a box store but rather, beds built to your needs. Our raised bed gardens come with our custom blended compost that is 100% certified organic. You can order your bed to your specification. We do provide compost, irrigation systems, timers, weed barrier, and trellis. Each bed is built to your specifications. You can provide plans or we will make plans based on your ideas. Another advantage to our raised beds is getting our compost. When using our compost, you do not need to add any fertilizers: our compost will provide all of the nutrients your plants will need. We inoculated our compost with beneficial microbes to assure your soil microbial life is working and providing nutrients and protectors for healthy plants. We also incorporate Azomite into every yard of our compost to make sure your vegetables will have all of the minerals they need to provide great flavor.
Raised bed gardening has been around for years in one shape or another. It is now time for you to start taking advantage of this great tool to provide the best tasting vegetables you have ever eaten. The benefits of raising your own garden include cutting cost off the grocery bill, getting healthy vegetables and improved flavor. If you have not tasted a tomato raised with the proper minerals, you will be in for a surprise. Once you grow vegetables in a soil that provides all the minerals and nutrients a plant needs, you will never want to eat vegetables from a store again.
When installing a raised bed it is important to make sure the containing walls are made of materials that will last and not leach toxins into the growing area. We use several types of material in building raised beds; cedar, bricks, blocks, and PVC composite boards are some of the most popular materials. These will last for years to come and are maintenance free. We work with people to build based on their needs and making sure the beds fit with the landscape.
What are the disadvantages of growing in the soil in the back yard compared to a raised bed?
A family of four can grow plenty of vegetables in a 4 x 8 foot bed 11 inches deep. Your size will be based on your needs. Some people like to grow extra seasonal crops to preserve for year round enjoyment.
Setting up your bed is important to make sure it is working for you and not taking all of your time maintaining a garden. When installed correctly, (as we do) you will love going out to the garden. If not set up right, you will be pulling weeds and watering all the time. Raised bed gardening can be fun but only when nature is working for you and not against you. Cost varies based on size and materials used; beds cost between $700.00 – $1,200.00 complete with irrigation and compost. We price our beds out at $7.00 per square foot for complete bed. We have a minimum size requirement of 32 cubic feet.
1. Florida soils are sandy and low in organic matter resulting in low content of microbial life.
2. Weeds are a big problem with back yard growing.
3. Back yard gardens require fertilizing and generally pesticides.
4. Back yard gardens generally see poor production.
5. Higher watering cost due to added pressure from done garden area.
6. Back yard gardens are usually harder to manage due to size and pressure from area outside the gardening area.