2021 Society Meetings & Events


Presenter:Sarah Ruzic, Head Consultant: Tennessee Kitchen Garden

Date:Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time::7:00 pm

Title: The What, Why, and How of Raised Bed Gardening


What is raised bed gardening?

Raised beds are built structures designed to contain at least one foot of garden soil. Complete raised bed gardening should include pathways to ensure that the growing area is not walked on, and will often need vertical structures to allow for plant production. 


Why bother with raised bed gardening? 

Here, I will discuss the key reasons to build raised beds:

1) the pitfalls of Tennessee's clay soils

2) our constant fight with bermuda grass

3) handicap accessibility 


How to design, install and maintain a raised bed garden?  

Here, I will discuss the key characteristics of a successful raised bed. 

1) Site Placement 

2) Materials

3) Depth 

4) Soil 

5) Vertical Structures 

6) Irrigation 

7) Pest Protection

8) Planting Plan 

Bio- Sarah Ruzic is the Head Consultant at the Tennessee Kitchen Garden. She began her career as a high school English teacher for more than a decade. Sarah’s passion for helping others garden first started with veggie patch in a remote village in Guatemala in 2005. She has been designing and redesigning gardens in Tennessee since 2012. 

The Tennessee Kitchen Garden offers many services including seasonal coaching, garden maintenance plans, backyard gardening designs, and building raised beds. This presentation will offer even seasoned Tennessee gardeners great insight into raised bed gardening techniques.  

Webinar Registration:

When: July 20, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Presenter: Sarah Ruzic  

Topic: The What, Why, and How of Raised Bed Gardening

Register in advance for this webinar: 


Here are a couple of YouTube links she included. 

Short intro: https://youtu.be/LHcfHbgQJm8, or click here. 

Longer: https://youtu.be/i1McRCJ_GfE, or click here

This document outlines the steps to register for the Zoom Webinar: 

Zoom Registration Procedures

NOTE:  Additional Zoom Meeting information is located at the end of the newsletter:  ZoomMeetingAccessInfo