Welcome to our beginner gardening journey! While we have had small trial gardens in the past, this is our first year taking gardening seriously. The first step in our journey was installing a raised garden bed. Here is our take on how to fill a Vego Garden Raised Garden Bed. This post includes affiliate links, which when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but provide this site with a small commission.
We recently assembled a Vego Garden 9 in 1 Raised Garden Bed. I’ve only had it a few weeks, but so far I’m super pleased with the quality, durability, and ease of use. After assembling, the next task is to fill the raised bed. This seemed a little daunting to me, as the raised bed was deeper than I had envisioned when ordering it. I watched several videos on the best way to fill the bed and discovered that I had a majority of materials around the house already to fill it up!
This article by Vego Garden on How to Fill Raised Garden Beds and Save Money was helpful in my research. After all, those were my 2 goals– to fill the garden bed and save money! I altered the percentages of materials a bit to correspond with the materials that I had. This first bed will be an experiment for me to see how the vegetables do and if I need to change anything for the next one.
How to Fill a Vego Garden Raised Garden Bed
First, we laid a layer of card board at the bottom of the raised bed. I had been saving a small cardboard collection from a recent Ikea purchase, and it was just enough to cover the bottom well.
Secondly, we added a layer of chopped wood. We had a small wood pile that was older, and I was concerned about pests in that wood, so we chopped some fresh wood.
I had a few bags of food that I had been saving for compost. I added it in between the wood pieces.
Thirdly, we had some leftover pine needles and a batch of yard waste that we added on top of the wood. The pine needles look thick here, but they packed down on top of the yard waste with the addition of the final layer.
For the final layer, we added a bit of fresh dirt and soil. We added this layer fairly heavy so that it would pack down the yard waste layer.
Then, it was time to plant!
I’ll give an update in a few weeks with how successful our plants were in this raised bed. The Vego 9 in 1 Raised Garden Bed has been a great addition to our garden. I’m planning to add another one to our garden area soon.