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So today I built a raised garden on my deck. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing to be honest, I’m wanting to grow vegetables in it. In the picture it isn’t all the way finished but it’s just 4 feet wide and 8 foot long I put 2x4 on the bottom for drainage and garden wire netting on the bottom then the landscape fabric.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Joshuafreeman .
In my humble opinion all these raised beds are just a bit of a fad! Your vegetable would be much happier if you dig a good old fashioned veggie bed - in the ground, and plant stuff in there. Landscape fabric will render your soil useless, and leave the ground without worms. Your vegetables will be easier to feed, and will benefit hugely.
 
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The thing is I don’t have anywhere in my yard that would be a good place for them
 
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Go for it! As you grow you will learn what works and what does not. Take plenty of pictures along the way. There are lots of stages, and sometimes things are fine up to a certain stage then it comes off the rails. Pics help sort it out and are a good reminder.
 
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Welcome Joshua. :) Sorry I agree with Tetters about raised beds being a fad but they are useful if you haven't got the ground for a vegetable plot. As a novice gardener it's good to start on a small scale and learn by trial and error, so as DirtMechanic says - "go for it!"
 
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We have both in-ground and raised beds. The raised beds are easier to weed, and when planted with the right crops, do well. Don't try anything big like okra or corn--stay with the smaller vegetables like lettuces, radishes, green beans, and bush squash (there are vine types that will overrun your raised bed.)
My only concern is that this raised bed is on your deck. How impervious to water is your deck? You may rot out part of your deck under the bed, but it would take a couple of years or more.
If you are totally new with no previous experience, how do you know there is no place in your yard for an in-ground garden?
How about telling us where in the US you are, your growing zone and perhaps a photo or two of your yard. You'd be surprised how inventive and informative the members are here!
 
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I have a raised bed in my backyard. I'm disappointed in it, but I'm hoping to improve it this fall.
 
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good luck and start slow. if you are looking to keep veggies on your deck, consider container growing vrs raised bed on deck. have fun!
 
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I totally understand about not having a place in yor yard to plant anything. I have hard-as-rock clay soil. Your raised bed looks too shallow to plant tomatoes in unless you go for dwarf types. Tomatoes need a deeper place. You can plant those in Gro-Pots, or five gallon buckets.
 
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Your bed isn't too shallow; in the UK people grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, aubergines etc. in growbags which are about 4" deep.
You'll have to keep up with the watering, all the same.
Note the depth at which the stem is planted...

From the BBC:

 
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Tomatoes need a lot of root room!!! They can't be happy in itty bitty containers. And notice how sickly looking the peppers look in that last video? You cannot plant big veggies like that in small containers. Cucumbers, however, keep their roots shallow, so you could try cucumbers in your raised bed if you also build a trellis. Lettuce can be grown in there through wintertime.
 
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Greetings,
And welcome to the forum, You'll find a very cross section of people here and ive found all very keen to both make friends and if poss give good advice,

My very very best advice is to have time to read and study what type of gardening your wanting to do,
And you'll find some very experienced garden writers pointing you in the direction of gardening in small non garden idea's,

You'll need to know what your subject is allowing you to grow,

So two things to think about (1) your keen and i wouldn't like to see that blown away because of a non productive crop
(2) starting off gardening no matter if your right or wrong can be expensive,
Ask yourself if you want to spend both time and money as a wise venture and a long term one ?
 
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Yes, you will have to forgive headfullofbees and I; we are totally against each others way of planting tomatoes correctly. I say, plant deep(mainly if your plants get leggy before you're able to get them planted) He says, plant shallow. If you get multiple tomato plants, why not try both methods and see which one does best for you? Good luck with your raised bed! (y)
 
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I take that back then - plant ALL your tomatoes deep! Not only do I recommend it, but also the experts of the Seed Savers Exchange!
 
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You have never heard of the Seed Saver's Exchange???!!! Brother!! They are a huge group of gardeners who preserve heirloom non-GMO veggie varieties! They have many many books out there! Websearch them and see! www.seedsavers.org
 
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Who are their experts?
What are their qualifications?
Upon what scientific knowledge is their advice based?
A huge group of gardeners means nothing to me.
Have you any idea how many boxes of Miracle Gro soil poison are sold each year?
 
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