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Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

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Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  Catalytic on 9/3/2010, 9:59 pm

We recently purchased a home with several acres that has a few concrete slabs for mobile homes. We have no intentions of putting mobile homes in, and they are, IMO, unsightly. I'd like to cover them with SFGs, but am unsure about drainage. Anyone ever done SFG directly on a cement bottom, or would you guys recommend raising the beds up somehow to permit better drainage? I live in SouthEast Alabama, and we do get a lot of heavy storms in the summer. TIA for any help.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  Garden Angel on 9/3/2010, 11:02 pm

My ground is so hard it's like putting it on concrete! ha. You could put the boxes on concrete blocks, have you seen the good job done by Chexmix? see the thread , update on my SFG.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  Old Hippie on 9/3/2010, 11:11 pm

I like Garden Angel's idea of putting them on cement blocks both for drainage and for easier gardening. It is getting harder and harder on my knees to get down on the ground.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  chexmix on 9/4/2010, 1:51 am

My son has a SFG on his concrete patio. He used a plywood bottom for his box and raised it using some left over 4x4 scraps. Also as Garden Angel so gratiously stated about my SFG all of my beds or either raised with legs or have cement blocks underneath to raise them off the ground. You can see the thread by clicking here.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  LaFee on 9/4/2010, 5:42 am

You could just get some pavers to lift the boxes up by an inch or two...the water will find its way out no matter what, but it's probably better to not have your wood boxes marinating in muddy water any longer than necessary.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  Catalytic on 9/6/2010, 12:11 am

I was trying to avoid putting bottoms on the boxes, darn it. I like Chex's boxes, though, I'll have to do some more reading about bottoms on TT models. Legs and bottoms will add to the expense, I was hoping to keep it down for now.

Chex, if you see this, on your beds, is the 2 layers of weed cloth and the wire all you used for bottoms? I'm just getting back into SFG and I haven't tried the new Mel's mix, but I vaguely remember the old mix being a bit heavy.

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Re: Gardening on concrete? Drainage?

Post  chexmix on 9/6/2010, 3:28 am

I sent you a PM message. To get the boxes off the ground a little without having the expense of the legs you could use some scrap wood on the corners and/or edges to get it off the ground a little. You could get these free from a construction site.

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