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Post  ds94947 on 6/11/2014, 1:07 pm

First time grower in Novato CA. I'm just now building my first raised beds after being given an entire second backyard. Hoping to slowly expand and grow as much as possible. Would love recommendations about what to fill these beds with. I get a lot of advice on types of compost, nutrients, etc but what I'd really like is someone to just give me a list. I have zero gardening knowledge and am looking for someone to lead the way to get me started. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: New member, Novato CA. 1st timer!

Post  sanderson on 6/11/2014, 1:50 pm

DS,  Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here  First recommendation is to get hold of a copy of All New Square Foot Gardening, 1st or 2nd Edition, by Mel Bartholomew.  Do this before you proceed!   study   It will totally change your idea of gardening and only takes a couple days to read.  It covers everything from A-Z:  size and construction of the raised bed, the fill (no dirt), compost, how to plan your plantings, trellising, etc.

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Re: New member, Novato CA. 1st timer!

Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/12/2014, 8:11 am

Hi DS.  Welcome to the party!

+1 on Sanderson's advice.  That's certainly your first step.  And it will answer many of your questions.

Then - what are your goals for these gardens?  Do you want to sell at a farmer's market?  Sell to area restaurants?  Home use only?  Freeze, can, dehydrate, fresh eating?

Veggies & fruits only?  Or do you want to grow herbs as well?  What about medicinal herbs?  Vining-type stuff or short to the ground?  What can you trellis vs. not to save space?

THINK & PLAN before you plant! 

Look thru the forum archives for info on different items.  There's a LOT of great PRACTICAL info there.

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Post  walshevak on 6/12/2014, 10:14 am

And is anyone in the family needing a tabletop or two due to mobility issues or just plain don't like the bending?  Get the book and get back to us.  This is a very active forum that likes to help and we are not shy in offering opinions.  

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Post  sanderson on 6/12/2014, 9:23 pm

@walshevak wrote:  This is a very active forum that likes to help and we are not shy in offering opinions.  
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/13/2014, 1:26 pm

@sanderson wrote:
@walshevak wrote:  This is a very active forum that likes to help and we are not shy in offering opinions.  
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I'll say!  And it's ALL good!

And, DS, don't forget the local foodbank...

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