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I made a raised garden bed. Gonna fill the bottom part with junky dirt. Then topsoil and vegetable soil mixed in. Made a couple little step ups for the girls.

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Looks good. What are you going to grow?

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gm560 wrote:
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Looks good. What are you going to grow?
Not sure. I think the wife and kids are going to pick everything. It's all treated (ground contact) and measures 4'x4'. If it goes well I'll put a matching one beside it for more room. I imagine tomatoes, green onions, peppers, cucumbers, and some type of lettuce. Maybe carrots.

They've always wanted a garden but I didn't want an interruption in the lawn in the back. This is a hosta bed area that will now become a garden and hosta area. It gets more sun too.
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Tomatoes are a lot of fun if they are something you like. It is what I grow most of. Lettuce can have tough time once summer sets in, but one trick is if you grow cucumbers up a trellis like this https://www.gardeners.com/buy/cucumber- ... 87081.html you can save space (cucumbers can get really big) and provide some good shade.

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Looks good and much more well built than the store bought ones.
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@gm560 have you ever used a trellis setup like that for cucumbers?
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Gilley11 wrote:
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@gm560 have you ever used a trellis setup like that for cucumbers?
I have that exact item. Here is the cucumber bed.
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Right now I have a few kinds of greens in there. Romaine, buttercrunch, kale, spinach. The back is snow peas growing up the trellis. 5 cucumber plants are planted but not doing much yet. A few got nipped by jack frost a few weeks ago, Ill see how they do and replace if need be. Once the heat comes I will take out the snow peas and some of the greens and replace with peppers. I will only keep greens under the cucumber trellis, which should be providing good shade by then.

My other bed is full of tomatoes. Some random basil plants around the border of the bed. The root pouches to the left have some more tomato plants with random herbs... the right have some onions, carrots, and radishes.

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Getting the veggies in.

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Square foot gardening @pennstater2005? Just put mine together this year and did the full "Mel's Mix" (equal volume parts peat moss, compost, and vermiculite). I'm glad I don't have to mix that every year.
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zinger565 wrote:
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Square foot gardening @pennstater2005? Just put mine together this year and did the full "Mel's Mix" (equal volume parts peat moss, compost, and vermiculite). I'm glad I don't have to mix that every year.
Wasn't actually planned that way. I just wanted something small and tall so I wouldn't have up worry about rabbits. Although, I made a step up for the girls and my dad asked if I made it for the rabbits too 😂

That mix sounds interesting. I just did bagged topsoil mostly with two bags of gardening soil mixed in at the top.

I also sprayed it with Thompson's water seal. They make it in an Apri aerosol. Nice and easy.
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I'm wondering now if the dirt should come higher so it gets more sun?
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Personally I'd fill it to the top, once it settles you'll lose a few more inches and you can top that with mulch for weed prevention and moisture retention. It will also give plants along the edge more room to "overflow" the bed.

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Thanks @j4c11. That was my thought. Will the rabbits go after it?
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pennstater2005 wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 12:50 pm
Thanks @j4c11. That was my thought. Will the rabbits go after it?
If they can get to it, they'll go after it for sure. Based on the height of that bed they might be able to nibble on what's hanging off the side, but they shouldn't be able to do major damage.

Thanks again. My wife wants to try it where it’s at so I guess that’s the plan. We’re also doing watermelon, zucchini, and cucumbers. Those are in large pots with tomato type stakes applied. Not sure I’d that’ll work or not.

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