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Raised Bed Gardening
« on: March 09, 2009, 09:40:55 PM »
Got Inspired by some pictures of gardening using raised beds. :)   I think Jeff posted them last season.  Our soil here in South Florida is sugar sand and all though may grow some vegetables, I opted to haul some Top soil from a Nursery.  The wood has been in the garage taking up space for long enough and time to put it to use.   I am figuring our season is best now until June.  It is too hot past June.  Seem to have got some good seed with great germination percentages. :)
My next project is to screen them in to protect from bugs, snakes and heavy rain(if it ever rains again ::))   
Posted a 2 minute video on youtube instead of pictures. ;D


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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 11:27:10 PM »
Thanks for posting movies instead of pics, Glenn.  Now I won't have to look at them. ;) ;D :D :D :D

That topsoil will help a lot.  I've grown some really nice gardens in sugar sand, by adding oak leaves to it...bunches and bunches of oak leaves.  Just cruise the neighborhoods and pick'em up by the bagfull.  Start by using them for mulch around your plants, then dig more of them in during the off-season.  You will soon have soil that you wouldn't have believed possible.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 11:45:41 PM »
Glenn,

That is quite the ambitious project.  If I was a plant, I would want to grow in that soil!  Keep us posted on the progress and the tastiness ;D.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 05:17:31 AM »
Thanks.  cool video.

Need updates every week. ;D

Looks like you might have to do some thinning to reduce your basal area

as WDH would say :D ;D ;D

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 09:21:48 PM »
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 09:43:47 PM »
Nice looking beds!  This year we're looking for a haywagon to use for our raised beds.  We put pole beans to grow up the deck rails.

We're gonna need at least bi-weekly updates! 

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 09:50:22 PM »
Beans sure do grow fast. :D
DanG, you sure people ain't gonna mind me stopping by to rake up their leaves? :D

Got a Fire Ant problem already in the center bed.  Gotta be careful how this'il play out.
They tore me up when I stepped on some of the little rascals while weed wacking. :(
My ankles aren't very purty right now. >:(

I put some of them poison sugar drops on pieces of cardboard.  They all gather around the drops like cattle.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2009, 09:50:01 AM »
We have 4 raised beds in our garden now and hope to add more as time goes by. We find them much easier to work all the way from planting, weeding and harvesting. My plan is to someday have all the vegetables except sweet corn, potatoes and the big vines like winter squash & pumpkins grown in raised beds.

Nice video, Moose!  ;)
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2009, 11:48:41 AM »
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2009, 04:19:37 PM »
Thanks Patty.  My wife picked up another load of Top soil for the 4th bed.
Guess what I'll be doing later. :D
Waiting till dark because it is too hot. ::)

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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2009, 05:05:50 PM »
I will send you some cold weather Moose....it was 3F this morning when we came to work.  ::)
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2009, 07:59:38 PM »

Got a Fire Ant problem already in the center bed.  Gotta be careful how this'il play out.

We've got the same problem. :o :o  Can't use the sprinkle\pour on poisons. Any suggestions   ::) ::)

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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2009, 08:22:58 PM »
I've been using some drops on the tops of the side boards that kill ants.  Also put some drops on cardboard to start with.  Have since removed them.  They gather around and feed around the drop like cattle.
I didn't see as many of the bed tonight.  Hopefully it is working.

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2009, 10:08:13 PM »
re: fire ants in the garden..  Poison sweet stuff justs kills a few of the workers. The only way to get did of the buggers is to give them something they will take back to the nest and feed the queen. Best stuff I have found is a grayish white powder called heptachlor. Half a teaspoon full on the mound and they are DEAD. I found out about the stuff from the phone co. linemen. They use it to kill the fire ants in their terminal boxes.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2009, 10:21:35 PM »
Pineywoods, only problem with heptachlor is it was banned in 1988, by the EPA, from all use except by the power companies. That would make it very hard to get.
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2009, 10:32:19 PM »
Got a couple pictures of the progress. :)




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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009, 05:53:56 PM »
First place I go to when the work clothes comes off is the Garden.   Here is a little update.  :)


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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009, 07:03:14 PM »
Geez Glenn.....I was kinda happy today that all the snow has melted from my garden and I can see dirt  ::)  ::)  ::)

All yer friends are gonna hate you when them zucchini start producin'

Yer gonna be drownin' in 'em  :D  :D
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009, 07:38:29 PM »
Geez Glenn.....I was kinda happy today that all the snow has melted from my garden and I can see dirt  ::)  ::)  ::)
All yer friends are gonna hate you when them zucchini start producin'
Yer gonna be drownin' in 'em  :D  :D

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009, 08:24:35 PM »
Yeah......That's real clever  ::)  ::)

They actually paid someone to come up with that lame slogan  >:(  >:(  >:(

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