Sheet mulch raised beds

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Project by Tomw posted 11-20-2013 07:20 AM 4427 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Starting to come along. Got some army worms on the maters, but did some pruning and squishing, and I think I got an assist from some birds; not too much damage so far. Totally botched my first attempt at the 3 Sisters Guild (3rd from left): didn’t give the corn enough of head start, and the pole beans smothered them; never put in the squash. It was kind of a stretch planting fall corn anyway, so I’m told. I’ll try again in the spring. This method of garden creation went together amazingly fast, almost all done in a long weekend last August (the hardest part was salvaging the cypress 1×8s for the frames.) Used about half a round bale of spoiled hay as the main ingredient, with lawn clippings under and about 2” of compost on top. Mulched the walkways and some of the beds with pine straw. And no digging! (except post holes)

-- Tom

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posted 12-04-2013 05:05 AM

Your raised beds look fantastic and the plants in them appear to be thriving. Enjoy your harvests!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 12-04-2013 07:34 AM

Thanks! The tomatoes were somewhat damaged in a recent freeze, even though I covered everything with hoop houses and visqueen, but I think I’ll still get some. Brassicas all came through fine. Already getting some cukes.

-- Tom

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posted 12-22-2013 09:06 AM

In Northern FL, the winters are tough on growing stuff, been down to Ormond Beach for New Years and it was very cold, that was many years ago. Walmart sells this bagged soil for about $1.60 which works nicely in raised beds. I am switching over to raised beds up here in Maine, no tilling and less weeding. The three sisters need a big square space. I think I would use a space 8 ft x 8 ft, though you could do a round space. Something I have always wanted to do.

-- Steve, Carmel, Maine, USA (near Bangor) (Hardiness Zone 5a)

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