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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by amacman, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. JP

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    I am shopping around for some rough cut cedar or hemlock right now for the raised garden beds....and maybe a chicken coop. I have pinged two lumber yards through their kijiji ads but I have yet to get a response. Later this week I will give another local yard a call. I am thinking 2x6" or 4x6" lumber if the price is similar. Would 4x6" be overkill for raised beds? The beds will be 8x4x2' in size.
     
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    I used 2" x 8" for 5 1/2' long narrow beds without a problem.
     
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    4x6 is overkill, but if you get it cheap enough, who cares. However, if the extra thickness comes off the inside dimensions, you are giving up some growing space.


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    Update:

    Beans, summer squash, zucchini, leaf lettuce, bean, and carrots have all sprouted. No sign of the cucumbers, so I may have to try again there. Green leaf lettuce plants are fine, the red is on its last legs-go figure. Lost 2 out of the 4 tomato plants to the longs cold spell, so I'll be replanting a couple this week. Nothing seems to faze the spinach, its doing great and has even given a tiny harvest for a sandwich or two.

    I'll be getting some hanging baskets, probably a mix of flower and herbs to go under those upper shelves.

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    Using those two shelves like that was a grand idea. I love how the end shelve's are attached by one side. Did you happen to attach the two together that you put between the wheeled shelves, under the box?
     
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    I usuaaly get my starter plants from the Farmer's Market, they are late to open this year. Still a few days of Frost coming my way, 33 this morning. Just a handful of Snow Peas in the beds right now.
     
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    We ordered some plants from Burpee. They send us an email telling us when they ship and they arrive at the peak planting time for our region:)
     
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    Thanks, I also figured those shelves would be handy if I have to add some shade. The yard is full sun, so I'm thinking a little panel between the shelves may be needed.

    Yes, there's actually 3 of the shelves spanning the center. One of the 3 is spanning the gap between the other 2. I loose another inch of depth in the middle, but that's lettuces and spinach there anyhow.
    Our real farmers market just got opened last weekend. Thats my fave place for herbs.
     
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    A buddy of mine is a web designer and he also happens to be big into urban home steading. I figured if you're on this thread, you might find something cool/useful on his site. http://steader.com/
     
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    2 hail storms today, filled one bed. still another day of possibilites. then plant!
     
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    $25.00 got me a good start today. Zucchini, Eggplant, tomatoes, about 10 starter plants in the beds today. Lettuce is coming up. Still a chance of frost, fingers crossed.
     
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    Sunday morning photo of the garden.

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  13. JP

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    Built my boxes last weekend. 4 boxes in total plus a compost box.
    2 boxes 8'x4'x11". 2 more 4'x4'x16 1/2". Compost is a two stall box 6'x3'x3'. I underestimated how long it was going to take me. Used over 500 screws too. Crazy.

    This weekend is leveling them up and filling them up.

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    Any speical soil mix, or your compost, peat moss and vermiculite? I'm in zone 7 here, Spinach was the first to harvest.
     
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    How do you keep the birdcloth or plastic(whichever you use)? Just drape it over and lay a 2x4 on it?
     
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    Kinda hard to see the mixed lettuce behind the cigar but here is my container garden. One 4x4 square is just oregano, one has a few rosemary that will stay there, one has a fennel plant because my wife planted everything else on the deck.

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    Awesome, I saw this on Cigar thread...almost commented, asking you to move the cigar lol :p ...mine are growing but there still lil :happy: nice lil garden you got there
     
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    I am using a soil, mushroom compost, peat moss blend from a garden center. I bought 3yards but it looks to be shy of what I need.

    In the fall I will add my good compost to the mix and next year should be good growing.

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    What is on the bottom to support the soil and how does it drain? I only ask because I want to build some benches with small herb garden behind it.

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    The gap is spanned with the same metal shelves turned length-wise. The box is lined with a sheet of plastic with a series of hole poked though for drainage.