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Post  thehudsonfam on 3/14/2011, 11:52 pm

How do we do this on a hill? Our backyard is one big slope. How do we make our boxes level? Thanks.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/15/2011, 12:33 am

You would need to level the patch you intend to work. Take some soil from the uphill side and add it to the downhill side. You are basically building terraces. Here is an extreme version, but I think you can picture the result from this...

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Re: SFG on a slope

Post  Icemaiden on 4/21/2011, 12:47 pm

I took this photo to show a sloping raised bed.
A local restaurant decided last summer to grow some veg to use. They installed raised beds, though not SFG. Most of the beds are horizontal but a few were set on quite a slope, perhaps to catch the sun better?
Despite a winter of rain and wind the soil is still in there and still on quite a slope. So perhaps it is OK to have a sloping garden?


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Post  Weatherkid on 4/21/2011, 3:00 pm

Since our whole back yard is on a fairly steep slope we had to make our own sort of terrace.

Here's a picture


It's not perfect, but it works for us Smile
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Post  Old Hippie on 4/21/2011, 8:50 pm

I think it is awesome. Sometimes I wish I had at least a little bit of sloping ground somewhere in our yard. It makes for interesting landscaping.

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Post  pattipan on 4/21/2011, 8:56 pm

Wow, Weatherkid! That terraced SFG is awesome looking! That took some work too, which makes it even more admirable! I was also thinking how much easier it would be on my back to reach that lower part of your SFG -- nice!

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Post  camprn on 5/17/2011, 8:27 pm

Here is a pretty good 'How to' http://eartheasy.com/blog/2010/04/how-to-build-a-raised-garden-bed-on-sloping-uneven-ground/ Very Happy
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Post  The Cynergist on 5/17/2011, 9:56 pm

@camprn wrote:Here is a pretty good 'How to' http://eartheasy.com/blog/2010/04/how-to-build-a-raised-garden-bed-on-sloping-uneven-ground/ Very Happy

Thanks for this camprn. There's a lot of good stuff on this website. I love the 5 Secrets to a no Work Garden article
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Re: SFG on a slope

Post  The Cynergist on 5/17/2011, 9:57 pm

@Weatherkid wrote:Since our whole back yard is on a fairly steep slope we had to make our own sort of terrace.

Here's a picture


It's not perfect, but it works for us Smile


Are the jugs for keeping frost out?
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Post  Weatherkid on 5/18/2011, 7:55 am

Yes, that and any other severe weather.

There was a string of very cold nights in late March that were in the mid to upper 20s, I used a big tarp to cover everything, and much to my surprise... everything made it!

All the plants in that picture were frost resistant to a degree, but the jugs kept them at a more stable temperature.

The only downside to using jugs is that you can only protect small plants...

hope this helps,

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Post  The Cynergist on 5/18/2011, 1:18 pm

I watch a show called vitality gardening, and I saw someone use Home Depot type paint pails to keep his tomato plants' roots warm. He cut the bottom out of them, dug out a hole and put them down in before planting his tomatoes in them.
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Post  HieronRemade on 5/18/2011, 7:28 pm

@Weatherkid - awesome terraced beds! I'm just starting on something similar, wow is it a lot of work!


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Post  altagarden on 5/18/2011, 11:43 pm

There was someone on this forum 2 years ago who had a very interesting square foot garden on a hill. I wish I could find the picture. They were 6 X 6 beds, about three of them, built like you would stairs. (OK - that makes no sense.) Anyone else remember that? We have a slope in our yard too so I took notice of the pic. Anyway, good luck with the project.
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Re: SFG on a slope

Post  pattipan on 5/19/2011, 12:50 pm

I've always admired this one by dis201 too...although I would need taller trellises for my tomatoes. The pics are in Showcase of Gardens gallery.



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Post  Weatherkid on 5/19/2011, 1:06 pm

@HieronRemade: Thanks, yes they were a lot of work.... it was also pretty expensive pale. I think it was worth it though, since we never could grow much with the steep slope.


Here are some updated pictures of the garden






Some lettuce from last year went to seed, and some of that seed fell in the path between the beds. I've been harvesting these "weeds" ever so often. Sure beats picking any other weeds Smile





In the backround are raspberries (that are already flowering!!!).

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Post  jercarol on 5/19/2011, 3:21 pm

Laughing I am soooo lazy. I just put the box on the slope and dug out the uphill side a little and put a wood "lip" on the downhill side in case of heavy rains. The rain has come and so far no problems. My budget was/is very small so I had to do with what I could afford. I put in 5 -4x4s and 1- 3x3 this year and am having a ball! The lettuce is awesome, the onions are growning like crazy, the beans are up and I have 6 green tomatos here in Maryland!

You all make me feel sooooo lazy looking at your pics. Good job to all!

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Post  HieronRemade on 5/19/2011, 3:28 pm

Lol no worries, SFG is great for lazy people. Wink If you're happy, we're happy.
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