Post by mckenzygirl on Apr 10, 2006 11:15:35 GMT -6
Well Ken just got one of my gardens tilled, I'll measure it later and let ya know how much we have expanded our garden this year. Anyway, I'm gonna use your method Phil on making raised beds. I like how they look, and I know they work cuz I have seen your garden last year!
I'll have to post some pics of my new garden area soon. Ran out of black plastic yesterday. We layed black plastic to kill the grass in the garden. Have to go get more cuz we ran out, and still have half a garden to cover!
Your raised bed plans are just what I need,my land is lower than both my neightbors so I get all the rain run off and it takes longer for my garden to dry. This a great forum,and the smiles are great as well, you put a lot of work into this forum,thank you so much!Mary
I have two raised beds,I like them, but the soil drys out quick.I have asparagus in one bed and tomatoes in the other one.My asparagus is two year old plants that I bought this spring.What I was wondering does the male have seeds or the female and if they are female will I still get a good crop from them.I was thinking the male was more productive, anyway looking forward to next spring, yummy.
Bloody hell you jokers go to a lot of trouble. You should grow bloody good veges in that, even if it is to pay back for the time spent.
This is what I do, and I either just fill it with compost or put my sheep's guts in the bottom first. When I have had a couple of crops outa it I move it on and spread what's left out over the rest of the garden.
That aint wire but a very fine plastic netting. Yep it's for those little feathered critters. My compost has a huge amount or worms in it because I don't always get it to a very high heat. I get more weeds as well as more worms and I like the worms but so do the birdies around here and they don't give a stuff about anything else either.
Well, I'm new here folks and from Illinois (near St Louis). I love this forum!! Lotsa ideas about raised beds and such. I've done the raised bed thing several times before and have had pretty good luck too. But, after just seeing all the digging and such...whew!! it just wears me out!! I'm going to try Square Foot Gardening this year. If you haven't seen/read the "New Square Foot Gardening" book yet, you ought to. I'm not sure what the author's name is, but he is supposed to be at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri on the 6th and 7th May. They have a pretty cool place there. Me and the wife stopped in there back in March and I was like a kid in a candy store there. My wife literally had to drag me out of there before I bought too many seeds. I ended up buying $40.00 worth of seeds (black tomatoes, white tomatoes, white habenero peppers, purple jalapenos, purple cayenne, etc.). The list goes on and on. Anyway, I had a 6 foot cedar privacy fence put up about 4 years ago, and they were nice enough to leave me a pretty large stack of 1"x6"x6' cedar boards that they didn't need to use (that I had already paid for I imagine). So far I have put together a 2 ft x 5 ft x 16 inch deep planter box for my wife, and have now completed 2 raised beds for myself (both are 2 ft x 6 ft x 12 inches deep). You see, I have limited space in my yard (it doesn't help that I have two very large dogs...one great dane and one great dane/collie mix that can really wreck havok on a garden). The only thing I did was level out a couple areas next to the house (that hopefully will get enough sun this year). I spread out some fabric weed block on the leveled areas, then positioned these raised beds (without bottoms) on the leveled out area, then just filled them with the soil mixture that the SFG author suggested. Since I am not using my existing soil, weeds should be practically non-existent. The hardest part was obtaining all the compost, peat moss, and vermiculite and mixing the ingredients up sufficiently, and of course the cost. I probably spent close to a $100.00 for all my mixture ingredients and materials. Both boxes are ready to go whenever the weather stablizes here in the midwest. I hope to have pretty good results this year.
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2007 13:59:04 GMT -6 by superdv1
Post by Pharmer Phil on Apr 5, 2007 12:33:15 GMT -6
Hey there Superdv, I sent you a Pm, look up at the top under the logo, you'll see the "personal message" flashing green! Them ol raised beds aren't that much work, I like em cause 1, they last, and 2, next year I can use them in a whole different configuration! Welcome tothe forum!..glad You like it
Post by notherdigger on Jul 18, 2007 22:04:58 GMT -6
Hey Phil, I just read this thread bout raised beds a few days ago and 2 days ago I went out and dug two raised beds very much like yours and it was really easy. I think it worked really well cause I really tilled the ground well. It was lawn so after tilling I added alfalfa hay and steer manure so it turned out pretty good. My beds are only bout 12 feet long but I wanted to try the idea out. Thanks for the great ideas and the pics of your garden. Nother thing too. Someone on this thread thanked you for all the work on this phorum and you got it coming. You do a remarkable job, along with crazy and the rest. I don't see how you keep track of the phorum and your garden and all so well but I'm glad you do so thanks for helping us all out so much.
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third is by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle. Ben Franklin
Post by Pharmer Phil on Jul 20, 2007 4:36:49 GMT -6
Thet are not as hard to make up as the pics look huh? I been usin em a long time and like being able to till em down fer a different crop the following year. ND, thank you fer the compliment, I do try, garden season gets a little slack sometime...but soon as we get some miserable weather, and we will...(it's Minnesota) I'm fixin to do sum organizin' and changin'