The design of raised beds can range from the basic wooden or metal box to multi-tiered stone structures, but all have many advantages in common. They are readily accessible, little to no bending required; they can solve the problems of contaminated soil or poor drainage; and they can reduce weed and pest invasion. They also offer flexibility in both size, height and permanence.

Owner and consultant, Kate Donovan, of Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens wants to inspire others to grow their own vegetables, and believes that most people should have the knowledge and opportunity to grow wholesome fruits and veggies in containers, raised beds, or in-ground gardens. This presentation is designed to give you everything you ever wanted to know about raised beds, including where to put one, how to build it, fill it with appropriate growing medium, and how to plant it with your favorite veggies.

Kate lives in Blackstone and has been helping clients grow food through lectures, garden planning, soil testing, tilling and building raised beds. She created a 68,000-member Facebook gardening group called “Vegetable, Fruit, Herbs and Flower Gardening”. Kate has 11 raised beds and considers her home as her horticulture laboratory, trying new varieties and techniques every year.

Join the Friends of the Robbins Library for this timely presentation on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 7 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room, lower level. The event is free and open to all.

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