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Questions regarding a Raised Bed strategy?
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Thoughts on a raised bed. Wanting to put in a new bed, roughly 6'x6' to 6'x8'. Not so big it is hard to reach the middle. We already have a couple of larger ones so it won’t be the first. The wife…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill May 23, 2014.

Sawdust
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Is there a place anybody knows about where one could pick up a bag or two of sawdust to use in growing a barrel of potatoes? Perhaps about 2-4 cubic feet. Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Woody Livingston Apr 14, 2014.

About worms
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Is there any benefit to be had from purchasing worms and adding them to raised beds that have a fair amount of compost in them? If so, what variety would make the most sense to purchase? Would the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Sep 24, 2013.

Cantaloupes in raised beds
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Our two plants cover 2/3 of a 4X12 box with many parts trailing over the edges. Unfortunately we only have one melon despite an apparently very healthy vine and plenty of flowers. Is it possibly a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tmbc Jul 15, 2013.

 

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Powell Gammill replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Questions regarding a Raised Bed strategy?
"I like the straw bale idea.  I am not sure why you would "let it stew."  Be sure to take before and after pics and let us know how it turned out.  It will shrink/lower greatly as it breaks down. As for width, never make you…"
May 23, 2014
Cynthia Carter replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Questions regarding a Raised Bed strategy?
"Yes, but I will admit to being a newbie. Perhaps some of our long-time gardeners will be able to comment more usefully. :)"
May 23, 2014
Robert Kleyn posted a discussion

Questions regarding a Raised Bed strategy?

Thoughts on a raised bed. Wanting to put in a new bed, roughly 6'x6' to 6'x8'. Not so big it is hard to reach the middle. We already have a couple of larger ones so it won’t be the first. The wife and I went on the edible garden tour in Arcadia and were quite impressed with the success one gentleman had with his Straw Bale Gardening. I was thinking of building the frame for the new box with 2 by 8 redwood(two high) and 4X4s as we have done on our other beds and then getting some straw bales and…See More
May 23, 2014
Woody Livingston replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"Cool! thanks for the pics !"
Apr 14, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"So Jennifer, would finely shredded paper do?  Huge carbon to nitrogen ratio.  I am talking about the rice kernel or slightly larger sized stuff.  Lots of people shred paper and some actually have ones that cut it up very fine."
Apr 12, 2014
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"Potato "Fruit" - I decided to take a picture of the potato 'in fruit' - here it is.  I will wait to make sure the seeds are most mature before harvesting and processing (I use the tomato seed processing method).  FYI…"
Apr 12, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"Near 16th St and Greenway Ave, just west of the Unity Church, there is a place that sells firewood.  They might have sawdust to sell.  Plus being from chain saws rather than blades, it will be coarser."
Apr 9, 2014
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"Hi Robert, MEN always has good info, but generally written for a 4-season gardener, so yes the timing is off.  The concept of growing in stacked tires, hogwire /chicken wire cages, or barrels is a traditional one and one that works very well -…"
Apr 9, 2014
Robert Kleyn replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"  Thank you and the others for your input. I would not mind buying a couple og 2 cubic foot ot so bags if it was available somewhere. Catherine, I had read the following and thought it sounded like a fun thng to try but perhaps timing is not…"
Apr 9, 2014
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"Robert I don't have a source for the sawdust but wonder if you are thinking of planting now?  This time of year would be getting ready to harvest potatoes about now through May and then plant sweet potatoes. While regular potatoes may…"
Apr 9, 2014
Woody Livingston replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"You might try looking up one of the truss-building plants around the Valley.  There used to be one just south of Northern at 67th Ave, not sure if they are still there.  (trusses are the engineered pre-fab roof structures used on new…"
Apr 8, 2014
Jennifer Wadsworth replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"I'd like to know this too - but I intend to use mine for pooh!  (see how that rhymed??) Seriously though - I do need to find a consistent source because I fully intend on having a composting toilet as soon as they become legal. …"
Apr 8, 2014
MaryMcP replied to Robert Kleyn's discussion Sawdust
"hmmmm, interesting idea.  You might try Woodworkers Source on I-17 around Cactus or T-bird.  Not sure how much cutting they do but it's worth a try."
Apr 8, 2014
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Sawdust

Is there a place anybody knows about where one could pick up a bag or two of sawdust to use in growing a barrel of potatoes? Perhaps about 2-4 cubic feet. See More
Apr 8, 2014
Robert Kleyn replied to MaryMcP's discussion Tomato Cages
"I have found that using a roll of concrete wire and making my own is the best cage I have ever had. This website gives pretty concise instructions. You can make them whatever diameter you wish even including small ones for…"
Feb 23, 2014
Robert Kleyn replied to Cynthia Carter's discussion Newby Q: Do winter veggies need a "greenhouse"?
"Some winters yes and some winters no. This is the model for what I m doing and I believe it is worth it. http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/19908/ec1627-e.pdf"
Nov 22, 2013

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