The Guy In Pants Posted March 15, 2021 Share Posted March 15, 2021 (edited) Not sure how many of you are interested. After years of planting a garden in the local clay/soil and not having the best harvests even with composting and attempts to make the soil more organic, I have decided to use raised beds this year. I have plenty of room around the house for the garden to be large but; I decided on Square Foot Gardening after reading a lot about it. I made the lot 40'x20'. I have access to hundreds of free untreated wood pallets. Lumber prices are pretty high so I am building raised beds out of them. The are 8’ x 4’ x 16” and treated with lin sealed oil. I bought 7 tons of organic compost soil mixture from a local gardening company. I have added wire mesh to the bottom to keep the burrowing animals at bay. I will be filling with leaves and dead tree limbs about 4 inches and then adding 12 inches of soil, compost and peat moss mixture. I will be growing my vining plants verticals with a string trellis concept. I am also constructing a fence to go around the garden. Temporary as we are in process of purchasing land and probably be building within the next couple years. The fence is 4 feet high with a top and bottom rail spaced 34 inches apart to allow me to staple 36” cattle fencing to the wood. I will add an electrified top wire. I have a gate at each end; wide enough to get the tractor through with the trailer. It's all a work in process but my goal is to be more self reliant and can more. I am planning on growing year round. Below is a list of crops I am planning on and I have already started the ones which transplant well. Potatoes Bunch onion Jumbo Onion Spinach Beets Corn Cantaloup 2 kinds of tomatoes Broccoli Peppers Brussel Sprouts Lettuce Cabbage Carrots Squash Zucchini Cucumber Snap Peas Pole Beans Basil Thyme Chives Garlic I’ve been growing peaches, raspberries, black berries and blue berries for a couple years now. Love it. I am collecting rain water now as well. For those who are not familiar with square foot gardening; it’s a neat concept. If anyone is interested to discuss; lets do it. Edited March 15, 2021 by The Guy In Pants 4 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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