Growing: Raised Beds

with Tara Nolan of

This month on Down The Garden Path, we’re talking all about growing! We all like to grow plants in many different places besides in the ground. So for the month of March, we are discussing what it takes to get growing indoors in different places. From starting seeds indoors to raised beds and containers, the possibilities are endless! In this week’s episode, we’re joined by author and garden writer Tara Nolan as we talk about growing in raised beds.

Tara Nolan is a garden writer, author, editor and speaker. She is a co-founder of the award-winning gardening website Savvy Gardening ( Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, CBC Life and Garden Making. Her first book, Raised Bed Revolution: Build it, Fill it, Plant it… Garden Anywhere! was published by Cool Springs Press in 2016. Tara contributed a chapter to Gardening Complete, released in 2018. Tara was also the award-winning web editor of Canadian Gardening magazine’s website for six years and appeared as a gardening expert on WNED Buffalo’s gardening special Garden Wisdom in 2016. Her second book, Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces was published in March 2020.

**Please excuse the audio quality in this podcast. Matt and I are unable to record together in the studio during this challenging time and will be recording Down the Garden Path from our homes for the foreseeable future.**

Tune into this week’s podcast to learn more about growing raised beds with our guest, Tara Nolan.

She answers some of our many questions:

  • What inspired your book Raised Bed Revolution?
  • How did you come up with the designs and recommendations in Raised Bed Revolution?
  • What should we consider before deciding to build or grow in a raised bed?
  • Is there anything we must do differently to care for raised beds compared to in the garden itself?

Find Tara Nolan online at and on social media:

Facebook: Raised Bed Revolution

Twitter: @thatTaraNolan

Instagram: @tara_e

Join us next week for the last in our helpful “growing” podcasts:

  • March 30th – Growing: Cut Flowers with author Janet Tuenschel from Country Cut Flowers

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes. We do our best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.

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