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#1 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

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Posted June 14, 2015 - 07:59 AM

Did my first one last year and never had tomatoe plants grow so tall. I like how compact it was and so easy to cover when there were frost warnings. Also very easy to water also although this year I am thinking of doing some different in that respect.

 

Last year I did 8'x4' in 2 sections 7 1/2 inches deep.

 

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I refined the prop for the frost free tarp a bit latter.

 

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I had 6 tomato plants 2 pepper plants and 2 egg plants 2 summer crook neck squash in there along with a few marigold to keep the bugs away.

 

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I am right at 6' tall.

 

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:D   Al

 

 

 

 


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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:12 AM

Raised beds can be very efficient. I used them for many years but when the price of wood jumped in the late 80s and I got a Troybilt tiller with hiller/furrower, I went without the frames. Just the raising seems to help the soil warm up faster in the spring and it drains better too.

 

I've had trouble with my plastic covers in the fall. any leaves or plants that touch the plastic dies. I've gone to two big saw horses to keep an air gap between the plastic and plants. A source of heat can also help big time. A few dark 5 gallon buckets of hot water under the tarp can make a big difference. I let the sun heat the buckets.

 

This year, I didn't do a garden. The wife has too many problems and the tiller needs a gas tank. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:23 AM

We switched to raised beds because of very sandy soil, but it has worked out well also.

 

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Above is the rhubarb that we could not get to grow in the side yard, but seems to be happy in it's 4'x4'x6" cedar box.


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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:25 AM

I went to raised beds for all my flowers when we built the new house, this is the fourth year, I'll never go back.


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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:25 AM

New for 2015 is Two new raised beds from recycled material. They are 8'x4'x11"  and filled with dirt from the woods like last year. they are 15 feet closer to the pole barn this year also.

 

Got the first one finished and layed down a inch of newspapers to keep any grassed and weeds from coming thru.

 

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So I got the first one finished and bought some tomato sets to plant in it. Got the second one all assembled but dirt to wet with the every day rains to fill with dirt.  Set the tray right in the middle of it Wednesday so I could mow the area along with the lawn. Thursday I had to be away from home all day but got home in the day lite. When I went out to the barn for the pup for our evening walk I see a deer had ate the top out of several sets. First time in 30 years I have had deer eat a tomato plant.

I had a couple of portable chain link dog pens in storage so I put them up around the beds Thursday night by the lite of the pole barn vapor light. I mudded in 8 tomato sets Saturday afternoon when it had been no rain for about 4 hours.

 

They sure are getting watered in this morning, and inch since 4:30 AM.

 

:D   Al


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Posted June 16, 2015 - 11:26 PM

An old CD hanging on a piece of fish line will keep a lot of critters at bay.  The slightest breeze they will turn and flash any light that is around, even moon light.  We use them in our apple trees to keep the bird at bay.  Only ones it don't stop in the robins.  They have had a nest in the one apple tree every year for the last 6 or 7 years.


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 04:58 AM

One time in 30 years I don't consider a invasion plus the dog pens are around the beds now. 

 

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Posted June 18, 2015 - 06:14 AM

I like having some raised beds too . Even after a rain and the ground is wet you still weed , pick or transplant without making a muddy mess

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Posted June 19, 2015 - 04:55 AM

That is a true statement no muddy mess and we have been getting a bit of rain lately. Nothing like Texas but a good amount never the less.

 

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Posted June 19, 2015 - 07:46 PM

Personally, I would not call a garden bed on the ground with a wood frame around it a raised bed. It is a boxed bed and expensive one at that. Yes it may work in some areas but how many veggies could you buy for the wood to form and the labor to dig, load, haul, unload and level dirt from a timber? Do it once and do it right. Tractor tires are free, just haul them away. They are black and warm the soil much earlier than a wood box as well as give the permanent plants more insulation from freezing weather. Tires can be filled 3/4 with the poor soil and the rest good soil and it is a done deal. They are 18 to 24" above ground level, not 8 to 10". Just my opinion but think about it.
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Posted June 20, 2015 - 07:20 AM

First, my wooden beds are just as much a raised bed as an old ugly tire, much nicer looking, lighter to handle,  I can slide any side I want up and out and use my front loader to move soil or whatever I please, I have a grand total of $60 in 2 beds, that have been used for 5 summers and have at least that many more in them. I can afford $6 a year.



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Posted June 20, 2015 - 07:56 AM

I have mine in a row so I can get the mower down beside them tight requiring no trimming. They were made from recycled timber and not very costly for the lag bolts bought in bulk by the pound.  Can be covered easy with the frame I built to protect from frost and are not just plain ugly crap that gets your clothing black when you brush up against them.

 

Also if the timber framing around soil isn't considered a raised bed how does using a old tractor tie make it one?

 

:D   Al


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Posted June 20, 2015 - 04:30 PM

 

Also if the timber framing around soil isn't considered a raised bed how does using a old tractor tie make it one?

I was wondering the same thing! :D



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Posted July 26, 2015 - 02:43 PM

Well I ended up putting a electric fence around the yard where I have my raised beds and Kare's biggest flower gardens. That solved the deer problem once and for all after one got tangled in it. I bout some swan soaker hoses and they were just crap that didn't work at all. I took them back to the store and decided I should write a review. Funny if I would have looked for a review first  I would have seen not one good review.

 

I wanted some thing how ever to limit where the water went and there just isn't a small space system I could find. A internet search showed this one and it sure doesn't cost much, other than time to make the holes, two rows per bottle and move it in the beds.

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Going to build some thing like this for next year or for this year a bit later even.

 

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Picked my first tomato this morning and a Purple pepper a week ago and will do some yellow summer squash tomorrow.

 

:D   Al


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Posted August 23, 2015 - 08:27 AM

Well here is a mid August up date on my garden 2015.

 

First off the tomato's were set back by the deer eating the tops off but they sure did grow tall and are loaded with tomatoes.

The chain link fence is 5 feet.

 

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the Marigolds I think have kept bugs away as I have found none. I have maybe pulled a grand total of 6 weeds just run the hand cultivator between the plants to loosen the soil about every two weeks or after a hard driving rain.

 

Squash are doing real well, Have had squash soup two different kinds stewed squash and fried squash so far and have given some away.

Peppers I have picked a bunch and ate them sliced and chopped up in omelets and in salads.

 

Egg plant have had it easy egg plant style baked, in a laguazna and fried. Got some Italian style I should pick today and grill.

 

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Like I said loaded with tomatoes.

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