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Re: raised beds

Postby Jack » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:36 pm

Don, I am thinking of a drip irragation system, but not sure yet. Thanks
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Re: raised beds

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:01 pm

That should work well.
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Re: raised beds

Postby 382cr62 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:07 pm

Before you install the beds consider renting a sodcutter to get rid of the sod/weeds. From personal experience I can recommend against fabric in the bottom, it just limits your plants rooting ability. If you cut the sod out, stack it out of the way for the first year and it will break down into a fantastic soil you can add back to the beds later. Sodcutters don't work well if your soil is dry, so water well the day before if needed.
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Re: raised beds

Postby Jack » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:46 pm

382cr62 wrote:Before you install the beds consider renting a sodcutter to get rid of the sod/weeds. From personal experience I can recommend against fabric in the bottom, it just limits your plants rooting ability. If you cut the sod out, stack it out of the way for the first year and it will break down into a fantastic soil you can add back to the beds later. Sodcutters don't work well if your soil is dry, so water well the day before if needed.

Where I plan on putting the beds, there is no sod, just dirt. Thanks for the info
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Re: raised beds

Postby Eugene » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Tires. Daughter made raised beds out of large worn out tractor tires. Cut the bead and side wall back to the tread on one side. Cousin made much smaller raised beds out of car and truck tires.
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Re: raised beds

Postby Jack » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:33 am

Bob Perry wrote:I like the look of weathered pine and rusty steel. My favorite is 1x12 pine from a sawmill, with steel corners and a couple steel rods across so the sides don't bow out. Usually the untreated pine goes 10-12 years. We have a few made with treated lumber, they last at least twice that long, but I don't like the look, at least the first year. Personally I don't like the image of chemical treatment in my vegetable beds.


I also like that look Bob, I went and bought 2x12s (rough cut) this past weekend. I dont know if I will make them now or wait untill spring, I'm leaning towards now
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Re: raised beds

Postby Bill Hudson » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:31 am

Jack wrote:... I dont know if I will make them now or wait untill spring, I'm leaning towards now thanks for all the replys guys


Jack,

Make them now, during the winter the soil will settle and you will have a better seedbed for planting next spring.

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Re: raised beds

Postby Jack » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:00 am

thank you Bill, I will build in the next few weeks. I will post some pictures after I get them in and filled up
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