Out of desperation, I started raised bed gardening. The soil here is not very good and really sandy. I did a little research and decided to go ahead with the idea. The best gardening decision I’ve ever made. Being a green earth friendly person, I try to recycle as much as possible. No exception here. I
re-used lumber that I had to construct the raised beds. Some of the lumber I had to purchase, but I used as much of the used stuff that I could come up with. Here you see the lumber is already cut to size and ready to build my raised bed garden. This will actually be an add on to an existing raised bed.
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I first planted some Cabbage, Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. Using organic compost from my rotating barrel composter, the plants were looking great and growing like weeds! Then the squirrels hit. They completely destroyed my garden. I can honestly say that these squirrels like Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts and in that order. I re-planted three times and the third time I stopped the squirrels in their tracks. I might add, there was absolutely NO harm done to the squirrels, in any way. Keeping squirrels out of the garden is not that hard. Just follow my simple instructions here and your on your way to a successful, robust organic garden.
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Here you’ll see that I have the basic construction of the raised bed put together. You can use nails or
screws to hold it together, I’ve used both. Each section that I build is 30 inches wide X 48 inches long. This is no magic number as I went with this size to get the most use out of the used lumber.
My next step was concentrating on keeping the squirrels out of the garden. What I’m doing here is basically building a cage over the raised bed.
I have to say that this approach has worked great for me.
Here I have the door installed and and the squirrel deterrent is ready for wire.
This is a shot of the bed with the wire installed.
It is ready for soil and plants!
This is my particular method for raised bed gardening. I always line the bottom with newspapers. This works great and your recycling too! Go green when you can.
In this particular raised bed, the compost from my rotating barrel composter wasn’t quite ready to
use so I purchased the soil to use. My method for raised bed gardening is quite simple, I like to layer different soil mixtures in the bed. In this particular section, for the first layer, I used a commercial sphagnum moss with per lite and a small amount of lime.
For the second layer I used a commercially bought cow manure.
The third layer is one of my favorites, mushroom compost.
You should repeat the layering process until your raised bed is full.
Now that your bed is full with rich soil, it’s time to plant!
Here is some English Peas and Pepper Plants growing in this raised bed.
This is organic Cabbage growing in the first section.
I have now added a third addition to my raised bed. In this bed I compost from my rotating barrel composter. It is layered the same with the addition of the barrel compost. Except for the Peppers, this is all volunteers from the compost. I decided to allow it to grow. I think this is Cantaloupe and there is some Tomatoes as well.
Gardening has many rewards. I think that sitting down to a delicious meal of freshly picked organic vegetables is the most rewarding. If your considering raised bed gardening, I highly recommend that you give it a try.