Building Raised Beds

Posted: August 2, 2014 in Yard and Garden
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It’s the beginning of August which is about the time to plant your fall crop (okay, maybe we’re a little late). Since our garden is running at almost full capacity and DSCF2078our aquaponics system is going to take a while to build, we decided to put together a few quick raised beds. Raised beds are good for a lot of reasons, but they are good for our purposes for these very specific reasons.

Our garden has clay soil and we want to grow spinach which requires fertile, well-drained soil. Our soil is also extremely rocky and we want to grow onions and garlic (we’ll put them in the soil now and harvest them in the spring) and eventually carrots and potatoes. Raised beds will help us with our rocky soil problem.

For these two reasons, we wanted to quickly put together a few raised beds and get our fall gardens planted by Wednesday of next week at the latest. We’ll fill our raised bed with top soil, peat moss, and lots and lots of the compost we’ve been making since late winter when we were anticipating the arrival of chickens.

Depending on where you live, you may still have time to slide in some seeds for a nice fall harvest. If you aren’t sure about what you can plant, here is one place to go to check your zone’s growing/planting calendar. We’re planning on spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbages, and maybe some lettuces. We’ll also put the onions and garlic in the beds to be harvested next spring like I already said.  Then it’s on to aquaponics hopefully!

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