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Mon Apr 18, 2016, 11:38 AM

I finally got my new raised bed completed.

I added a new section of beds into the slope above my main garden. Each leg is 12 feet long and 16 inches wide. The height is 11 inches and there is another foot or so of rocky dirt below.



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Reply I finally got my new raised bed completed. (Original post)
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 OP
mopinko Apr 2016 #1
femmocrat Apr 2016 #2
alfie Apr 2016 #3
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #4
alfie Apr 2016 #5
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #6
Curmudgeoness Apr 2016 #7
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #8
CrispyQ Apr 2016 #9
midnight Apr 2016 #10
mrmpa Apr 2016 #11
lexington filly Apr 2016 #12
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #13
Iwillnevergiveup Apr 2016 #14
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #15
ebayfool May 2016 #16
NutmegYankee May 2016 #17

Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 11:42 AM

1. sweet.

nice job.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 11:56 AM

2. Beautiful!

Look at that nice rich soil!

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 02:13 PM

3. That looks great!

You should be able to grow all kind of veggies in those. What did you fill them with?

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Response to alfie (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 02:21 PM

4. It was a mix of different soil types

I used mostly Coast of Maine products but also mixed in some coir, worm castings, and a loose woody soil for raised beds. I prefer my soil to be hand workable. It's easier to pull onions up and the dead plants out after the season.

The pictures are about a week old. I transplanted my broccoli and lettuce this weekend and my peas are finally up and growing.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 02:41 PM

5. That should work good for you.

I filled mine with mushroom compost when we first put them in 10 years ago, but it has compacted more that I wanted it to. My spring is too busy for me to do anything about it now, but this fall I hope to get someone to use a cultivator to stir things up. I am 71 so no longer able to use even a light weight thing like a cultivator. Amazing now much muscle strength age takes away...along with eye sight, hearing.....etc....etc. Sigh.

Please post pix from time to time so we can keep up with your progress.

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Response to alfie (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 03:15 PM

6. I'll put some up this year.

I'm half your age, but have degenerative disk disease, so I take my sweet old time lifting heavy items. I have a lot of strength as I'm a large man, but I have to do the lifts carefully and take frequent breaks to avoid tweaking a nerve.

This was early last year:



Overall, it was a little too crowded, so I decided to move the tomatoes out to a new set of beds. I also have an 8' x 6' section in the corner of the yard. Last year I grew tomatoes there, this year I'm doing squash and pole beans on a tower from Gardeners.com.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 09:20 PM

7. Looks great!

I noticed the shadows of the trees, with no leaves now. Will this garden be too shady in the summer? I hope not. Good luck. That is a great setup.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 09:37 PM

8. It's shaded in mid morning, but the rest of the sky is open to the West

Normally it gets 8-9 hours of light. I've still managed to grow tomato plants 10 feet high.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 10:58 AM

9. Can't wait to see the pics two months from now!

Great job!

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 01:12 PM

10. Looks real nice.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 02:15 PM

11. I thought it was a bed you bought at Ikea.....eom

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 04:55 AM

12. Is that the cedar raised bed from Home Depot?

If not, yours are similar. I was just looking online at them a few hours ago for my daughter who has talked about using raised gardens in an area of her yard. Saw these and thought they looked quite attractive, had healthy wood-type, and were not unreasonably priced considering all the benefits. Your lay-out is impressive. And your soil looks so rich!

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Response to lexington filly (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 05:27 PM

13. Greenes Fence Company.

I used the deluxe line for the new beds. The older U shaped layout is the 4'x4' kits from Home Depot. I built that over a few years starting about 6 years ago.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 06:41 PM

14. What a great "hobby" you have, Nutmet

Hope Mother Nature is very kind to you in this growing season. I'm curious - in the top photo upper right corner, is that orange block a door to a storm cellar by any chance?

GARDENING - cheaper than therapy.

K&R

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 06:54 PM

15. It's access to the basement.

We call them bulkheads and most homes in the region have them to allow for furnace/water heater replacements and such. Normally a second, much stronger, door is located at the bottom of the stairs since the bulkhead is rather flimsy.

They usually look like this:

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Response to NutmegYankee (Original post)

Mon May 9, 2016, 10:54 PM

16. Beauty! Did you do a lasagna type bottom (newspaper, cardboard, etc) or straight up soil ...

on soil? I gotta get out in the back yard more and get off this dayumed computer!

Gardening Group Guilt!

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Response to ebayfool (Reply #16)

Wed May 11, 2016, 06:00 AM

17. I did soil on soil.

I had to dig into the native Charlton soil a bit, but I like having the depth for tomatoes and such.

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