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Old 02-07-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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Question Raised Bed Veggie Garden?

Hey guys

I am planning a raised bed veggie garden. There is plenty of information on the web, they appear to be easy to build or you can buy them in kit form.

Have any of you done or are doing this? I don't have anything but time so I thought I could save a few bucks and have some organic veggies.

I don't have the space for a typical garden and this looks like a lot of fun...

Give me some feedback

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Old 02-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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Run Out I've got this in the back of my mind too...I've raised large (1/2 acre or so) typical gardens all my life...As I've gotten older the idea of a few (12) tomato plants vs. 100 + that I've grown in the past sounds better and better...I have a couple of neighbors who use raised beds, and do so very successfully...They use old RR cross ties to frame the beds...After your initial investment the cost is minimal for plants, seeds etc. in the following years...The rewards are many...The hours spent working can be relaxing and therapeutic ... The veggies awesome!

My feed back is --- Go For It...!!!

Have Fun & Enjoy!
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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Ive had raised beds the past 8 or 9 years. Had to line the bottom with wire mesh to keep the moles out. I used 2 X 8 to frame everything out. Got compost from the town. Its a very neat, organized way to garden. Just make sure that the raised bed is narrow enough for you to be able to reach everything from the outside.

Oh yeah, as u can see, all the vertical beams are used for the vine plants like cucumbers to grow up on.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:37 PM   #4
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When I make raised beds, I like to use chicken wire or other cheap wire fencing supported by fence posts down the middle of the beds. I make my beds 6 feet wide. On the fencing I can grow tomatoes, climbing beans, peas, etc. On either side of the fencing, I like to plant other crops.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
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I always use raised beds, but I do them freeform & without permanent sides. All I do is mound up my soil in the size & shape of the beds I want for what I'm growing & that's that. I make them any depth I want depending on whether I'm putting in root crops or greens, etc., etc., & I can change the configuration from year to year on a whim.

No $$ investment necessary, simple, easy, functional, & flexible.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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Larry, I've been admiring your garden. I, too, do mostly raised beds (live in a weird place) and have in several states. Yours is particularly beautiful.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:42 PM   #7
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Still recommend the book by Mel Bartholomew for those starting this concept. It is a huge help.
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Old 02-15-2009, 05:49 PM   #8
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Larry, I've been admiring your garden. I, too, do mostly raised beds (live in a weird place) and have in several states. Yours is particularly beautiful.

Thanks for admiring my years of hard work. Although, that was relatively early in the season when i had everything under control. You should see it in August Usually we go away for a week in august when we get back, my highly organized garden looks like a weed filled jungle.

The reason I started and continue with raised beds was because The soil where I lived wasnt that great, so by having a raised bed, I had more control over the soil. Also, We had a mole problem, so i was able to line my beds with a mesh that the moles cant get through.

The only problem I have is that it dries out quickly so i have to keep a close on on the watering. I have it hooked up to a timer , so i rarely run into that problem anymore, but in the early years, id call my wife several times a day instructing her where and when to place the sprinklers.

I think the coolest thing is when Ive looked on the satelite pictures u see in google or wherever, you can actually see my garden layout . i get a kick out of it every time i see it, and im amazed how symmetrical it realy is ( i actually did a pretty good job)
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:57 AM   #9
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We started the raised bed concept because in Hawaii our soil was pure, hard, red clay. We had limited space (lived in a townhouse) and this just worked best. Fast forward to Florida, where there wasn't any soil at all, just sand. Here once you get out of town, the soil is the best that mother nature makes, but here in town it is very rocky. Because of the oddities of living on the side of a hill, I still have raised beds for some things, in the ground for others. Every year my husband looks at my lettuce patch and says maybe we should put peppers or another tomato plant there. I always laugh and remind him that it is the top of an old cistern, and the soil is only a couple of inches deep. The fact is it is really perfect for my greens garden, as it is right out the kitchen door.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:29 PM   #10
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Uncle Buck?

Where would one find RR ties? Are they expensive?

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