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That is a beautiful garden. Black plastic would keep nutrients from being washed away, and thaw the ground quicker in spring. Might even get some composting action going on under there.

I have used black plastic under the beds and between. Covered between the beds with wood shavings but the weeds grew in it anyhow. So I'm pulling it up.  I use my weed whacker to weed between the beds. Takes just a short time, weeds die and make a mulch. 

 

In the middle bed you can see the large cans I push down around some plants. These I just fill with water and save water. No spraying and wasting water. The cans keep the water around the plants.  Watering takes just minutes. 

 

Weeding is easier since the soil is not packed down. 

 

Raised beds also let me control what soil goes in them. I can add composted manure or bagged garden soil (miracle grow). I buy the soil when it's on sale and store it. 

 

I now have two compost piles which gets the chickens cleanings, yard and house waste, so I buy less soil.  Composting in itself is an art.  

 

Rotation is easy with raised beds too.  My garlic grew where the tomatoes had been and did very well.  Too you don't lose soil to erosion. 

 

Also if I'm not up to it I can cover beds and leave them empty.  Last year I uncovered one bed and found a big fat mouse and a large snake.  I chased them out and planted Okra.  :lol: 

 Oh we don't know what coming tomorrow, Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road

sharing the load , side by side.  

 
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Originally Posted by rancher hicks View Post
 

I have used black plastic under the beds and between. Covered between the beds with wood shavings but the weeds grew in it anyhow. So I'm pulling it up.  I use my weed whacker to weed between the beds. Takes just a short time, weeds die and make a mulch. 

 

In the middle bed you can see the large cans I push down around some plants. These I just fill with water and save water. No spraying and wasting water. The cans keep the water around the plants.  Watering takes just minutes. 

 

Weeding is easier since the soil is not packed down. 

 

Raised beds also let me control what soil goes in them. I can add composted manure or bagged garden soil (miracle grow). I buy the soil when it's on sale and store it. 

 

I now have two compost piles which gets the chickens cleanings, yard and house waste, so I buy less soil.  Composting in itself is an art.  

 

Rotation is easy with raised beds too.  My garlic grew where the tomatoes had been and did very well.  Too you don't lose soil to erosion. 

 

Also if I'm not up to it I can cover beds and leave them empty.  Last year I uncovered one bed and found a big fat mouse and a large snake.  I chased them out and planted Okra.  :lol: 

I agree that composting is an art form. I too have become a student of the ancient art this spring. What kind of composting setup do you have?

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I agree that composting is an art form. I too have become a student of the ancient art this spring. What kind of composting setup do you have?

 

Right now I have just two make shift with plywood sides.  I'm working/collecting pallets to make sturdier sides. My chickens like to get in and "work" things so it keeps things light. 

 

I also add some top soil and peat moss.  Fall is great since I use a bagger on my mower and it cuts up all the brown leaves. 

 

I could probably fill six compost piles, with just chicken coop cleanings, grass clipping from summer and fall.    

 Oh we don't know what coming tomorrow, Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road

sharing the load , side by side.  

 
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Originally Posted by rancher hicks View Post
 

 

Right now I have just two make shift with plywood sides.  I'm working/collecting pallets to make sturdier sides. My chickens like to get in and "work" things so it keeps things light. 

 

I also add some top soil and peat moss.  Fall is great since I use a bagger on my mower and it cuts up all the brown leaves. 

 

I could probably fill six compost piles, with just chicken coop cleanings, grass clipping from summer and fall.    

I'm getting ready to dump my first batch into resting. I built a insulated hot composter for myself.

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post #6615 of 6615
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I'm getting ready to dump my first batch into resting. I built a insulated hot composter for myself.

It's very nice but I'd need about six. :lol:    

 Oh we don't know what coming tomorrow, Maybe it's trouble and sorrow, but we'll travel the road

sharing the load , side by side.  

 
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