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Post  jimmy cee on 4/9/2013, 9:41 pm

Just about completed, maybe a little more mix, I haven't quite decided on what I am using for the grids yet, thinking about 1/2 inch plastic tubing, using cross tees and end caps.
That will be an additional $60.00, not sure if I want to spend that much for grids.
I am also considering SS 1/4 inch tubing, great small size..



Horse manure, from last August, screened..looks and smells great


Compost from local recycle, I screened it, I'll do it this time, in the future I'll wait for my compost to finish...But it does look good...leaves and brush...I added horse manure, some chicken doo doo
and cow manure in small quantities. all finished stuff


laid down wire mesh along with weed barrier, we have voles & moles
One feature of enjoying the additional height, much easier to sit on now...when I
I'm really happy I never cut those angle irons down, thinking of placing a portable frame around the top for sun and bugs..



I will most likely add more to bring level up a bit, going to secure the grids and want level of mix
just about even....1 down 3 to goooooo
Picture is. after being watered
Question ?? I will not be planting for a week or so...should I cover this material ??? till I plant ?


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Post  bnoles on 4/9/2013, 9:53 pm

Looking great Jimmy! I see no need to cover the bed though.

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Post  R&R 1011 on 4/10/2013, 12:17 am

Looks great! What are the t posts next to your bed for? I like your fencing in the background and your compost looks perfect. Smile

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/10/2013, 8:14 am

The post's are 3/8th pieces of angle iron sledged 4 feet into the ground.
I wanted to be certain my beds never moved, all are secured by bolting through.
Fence, are little trees gathered in local woods, I'm on the edge of town, have many deer, bears, and other roaming around.
The deer are the most damaging, they could without any trouble jump into the garden, however they must feel the obstructions and stay out.
Pear & apple tree's along with my wife's flowers attract them.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 4/10/2013, 8:54 am

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Post  Tris on 4/10/2013, 9:10 am

Might be a little unfancy for you, but I just used tacks and clothesline from the dollar store for my lines. The clothesline is great, meant to be in the outdoors, and it looks pretty Smile I got 2 4x4 beds out of one roll.

Depending on your weather I might cover them, having mine covered made the dirt nice and warm for new seeds, and we have extreme wind here so I needed something to keep the new soil in Very Happy

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/10/2013, 9:18 am

Tris .. Laughing I'm sure not doing any fancy stuff LOL...
I just don't want to need to redo what I have already done.
Your idea about the while clothesline sounds good, I never gave that a thought.
Also think I am going to cover what I just finished, it could blow away with nothing to tie the material together like plant roots..

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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/10/2013, 9:21 am

Looks really good jimmy

cant wait to see it filled with veggies Very Happy

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Post  gwennifer on 4/10/2013, 10:16 am

That screened compost and manure looks so fine and crumbly. Nice job! In my experience a fresh bed of Mel's Mix, even fully watered when installed, will still settle quite a bit. I'd wait for that before topping off. Plus I personally don't like my mix to be level with the top of my bed - makes it too easy to spill over the sides when transplanting, or especially when pulling out plants at the end of the season.

Hey I can't quite tell, but it looks like you have the wire mesh on top of the weed barrier? If so, I'd reverse that next time - you'll have mix getting down below the grid and filling the grid where you can't get to it with your trowel. Not a big deal, plant roots can still reach it. Just my two cents.

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Post  jercarol on 4/10/2013, 2:01 pm

Wow. That looks nice. I used scrap 2x4s and some old oak pallets. I used 50lb fishing line for my grids. I can say one thing....yours looks better! Very Happy

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/10/2013, 3:04 pm

Jercarol
I have some 80# Ande clear premium, that's another option.
40# I have thousands of yards of it also, I'll try it...

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/17/2013, 9:28 pm

Thanks to Tris for her suggestion on using clothes line.
I thought the grids would stand out with the white, hopefully last a while.


below
Pak-Choi

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kohlrabi

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cayanetta peppers..I know it's early, had to get them in the ground

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weighted down the grids to keep tension on


What a wonderful feeling planting these today, This planting medium is so nice to work with, it's just indescribable.

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/12/2013, 10:14 pm

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Pak Choi 3 weeks after transplanting, I think this SFG is gonna work

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