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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 07:55 PM

I simply don't have the man power to grow what I want to grow with conventional methods. I didn't grow a garden this year. I've done some research and have decided to go all raised beds. I have unlimited manure at my disposal. I will also be growing all year around with low tunnels. Pardon the pics I know they are crude.

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All the tractors and extra buildings are gone.

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I'll be moving my turn around down the driveway. Its to far up and most people miss it when turning around.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 07:58 PM

I've moved the shop door and already have one raised bed for asparagus.

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Raised beds will go in front of the shop. All of this will be done this weekend. I want three beds total.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 08:53 PM

We had raised beds at our old place. I had some 4' deep so we could reach from both sides.  I had single row plants like tomatoes  I had in 2' deep rows.The lengths varied. I kept the rows far enough apart so I could mow in between. I really liked this method, cuts down on the weeding a lot. Keep us posted.


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:03 PM

We went to raised beds a couple years ago.  Never going back, so long as I am able.  They drain better, so you get stuff in earlier.  The gullies retain water, so the plant roots go deep & drink lots.  A little mulch & there is little weeding. 


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:10 PM

I should be able to get 5 times more produce per sqft. I'm excited to see how they do.
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Posted July 18, 2014 - 12:48 AM

Raised beds are wonderful, especially for things like strawberries, tomatoes, radishes, greens etc. And the older and stiffer you get the more you'll appreciate them! They will add years to your gardening pleasure.


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 08:33 AM

Does look like an overhaul for ya. 

 

So, you still in the bird business?  



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Posted July 18, 2014 - 09:26 AM

I've had raised beds for over thirty years. I used to frame them but found that I preferred to just till everything flat for the winter with compost added. Till the cover crop in the spring and then just dig out the isles and throw the soil up onto the beds. My Troybilt hiller/furrower attachment helps abit. I mulch the isles with grass clippings and the beds with newspaper.

One thing to be aware of is that raised beds tend to be more suseptible to dry spells. I catch downspouts into barrels and a bucket under the A/C. Learn how a siphon works and it can help alot with the watering. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted July 18, 2014 - 09:31 AM

Good luck with your raised beds.  It looks like a good project.



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Posted July 18, 2014 - 11:59 AM

No animals or gardens this year. I took the year off to reorganize the situatIon.

They are calling for rain. It could totally screw up everything
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Posted July 18, 2014 - 07:04 PM

Well the rain shut us down from even getting the equipment out. My son was bummed. Part of this overhaul are the animal structures. I've lost several animals due to predators. We decided to go ahead a build the rabbit hutch. I'm starting with an old chicken house I pulled to the woods along time ago.

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I can't believe it withstood the drag back to the yard.

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I use screws for most of my projects. It took us about 30 minutes to pull it apart.

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Its going to rain tomorrow as well so I should be able to get this project completed.
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Posted July 19, 2014 - 06:43 AM

... We decided to go ahead a build the rabbit hutch. ...

 

If you are building rabbit hutches, check these out:

 

http://gardentractor...different-kind/


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:44 AM

NIce build. I put mine on skids even tho they are a hutch style. Mainly because I can't decIde wear I want them. If I get tired of where they are I just move them lol.
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Posted July 19, 2014 - 05:41 PM

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Took the equipment over and started. Got the driveway moved. Blew a hose. Like a dumb ass I put my hand under the bucket and my brother smashed it. He felt guilty but filled out my paper work at the er lol

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Compound fracture in my hand.
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Posted July 19, 2014 - 08:28 PM

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I'm so tried but ended the day with a lot getting done.
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