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I`m looking out of the window at snow on the ground and wishing it was spring --temp is 9 degrees.  I want to work in the garden. Is anyone else getting as anxious as I?



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yes, would be my answer and I even caught myself wanting to mow the grass - - - - now that's Cabin Fever !

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No desire to mow the weeds, but another snowfall measured in inches again. REALLY tired of winter, it started last November, been cold like it was in my youth, with little let up.

Thinking about making some raised garden beds this year as neither of us are capable of working low. Problem is, rot resistance materials tend to be either expensive or toxic. Neither of which is exactly to our liking.

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thirdroc17 wrote:
Thinking about making some raised garden beds this year as neither of us are capable of working low. Problem is, rot resistance materials tend to be either expensive or toxic. Neither of which is exactly to our liking.

 Dale, I also plan on doing some raised beds this spring.  Probably a 6x6 or 8x8 two boards high which would give me a good 12" of weed free planting material.  I have found in the past that the dog eared ceadar fence slats are about the cheapest and most plant friendly that I have used in the past.  I think I'll also fix a removable bug and animal netting over mine because my cats love that freash dirt and not counting the neighbors pusses, I have 5 that I'm feeding at the present.  Put it all together with drywall screws and let the "sun shine in".  You can also put a cover over those smaller beds in case of a late frost or flooding rains for several days. I'll probably plant maters, peppers, squashes and then late collard greens for the Fall.  What will Y'all be trying to grow this year?

Rambling again, sorry.



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In another life......................... I had a garden with slightly raised beds. Mostly grew stuff to make salsa, IE, peppers, tomatoes, onions, as well as asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, beans, and a few other things as the mood struck us.

Garden.jpg

  

Can't really see them, but the perennials were in beds formed with 2x12 pine, one high, which lasted quite a number of years.   The rest were just "hilled" up.   4' wide beds, 16' long, with 3' grass walkways between.  Turned everything by hand, totally organic, green manure crops, just walked on the grass, (imagine walking in your garden during a rain and not getting muddy), never set foot in the actual planting medium, so the beds were extremely pliable and fertile.   The pipe hoops you see were for plastic greenhouses so I could get a 3 week jump on a short season.   The open garden behind had some pumpkins, giant pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, the rambling stuff.

 

NOW for the present.   Bobbi would like strawberries to start, so that would be the first bed.   I'd like to stick with the 4'x16' bed format, laid out just like before.   A quick pass with the weed whipper cuts that grass quickly.   This time though, the beds need to be a solid 2' high at the very least, 3' would be better.   Cedar planking is expensive to say the least, plain old pine is an option, from past experience, it'll last close to 10 years.   I think they last so long because they are dry on the one side.

 

I'm considering block, but have heard they leach.   Given the required height, I'm tempted to lay two rows, dry, lay a flat plank on top, then build up edgewise with more pine planking screwed to the horizontal one.   Not sure where to leave a "handy ledge" on the outside, or put it to the inside so it wouldn't be such a reach.  With the block below the root zone of most plants, I don't think anything leaching from them would be a problem.

 

Another thought is cedar post laid flat.   Lot of sawmills around here, maybe I can find some cedar cut flat on only two sides so they would stack better.  Have to search out some prices on the various rough cedar options.

 

I enjoyed growing the asparagus and rhubarb, but don't like either, so probably wouldn't add those.  Bobbi isn't the cook/salsa maker my ex is, so a lot of tomatoes and peppers would be a waste.  I can only eat so may onions.....   So a bed of strawberries and another  bed of everything else might be all we'd need.  A cherry tomato, a regular tomato, couple of peppers, few onions.

 

For soil, I'd have to mine some sand from elsewhere on my property and with any luck, the local landfill still has all the compost one can haul away for free.   1500 pounds in the back of my pickup goes quite a ways.   Hauled in at least 2 or 3 loads every year in the old garden.



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OH OH OH, I forgot. Always grew red, white and blue potatoes. Without a good source of a crap load of oak leaves, I wouldn't get the quality and quantity of harvest as before, the ease of harvest would also be lost. Can't garden without loads and loads of oak leaves, no matter what everyone else says. LOL

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Wow, nice stuff - - - here where we are now I will be limited to a couple of 6x6 beds and I'll probably use this stuff.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_430921-33066-750932802851_0__?productId=4323595&Ntt=cedar+fencing&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dcedar%2Bfencing&facetInfo=



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Yeah, we'll that picture is a prior life. Nothing here like that. We'd been working on that yard for 20 years when that picture was taken. At that time, I was paid twice as much, you know, before management bought a new yacht and limo and paid for them out of labors pocket. My wife made more than I did as well.

Now, with my half income and Bobbi bringing in less than me, we are living on 1/3 the income I had when we built that property. Say what you will, but you can't build without income. Just today, NPR news said America has the greatest difference in income between the classes in the civilized world. Thus, that picture is only memory and fantasy now.

But management still has their yachts and limos, and that is what matters most, right?

America's dreams crushed.

Yeah, hijacked my own darn thread!!!!

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