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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by MountainMamaHST, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh...that makes sense.
     
  2. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can get some ones old Cedar wood fence. Will this work for raised beds?
     
  3. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMHO, you could make this work. Personally I would put two boards together to thicken them up, fence pickets are real thin. If you want the beds longer than 5 or 6 ft (whatever amount of usable wood you have) I would offset the pieces by a couple inches to make them easy to attach to each other.
     
  4. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your input. It sounds like a good plan.
     
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    You could use some garden fabric on the sides which is what I do. Black plastic would work too. Though I don't think you'd lose much if at all.

    I would check CL for materials you could use. I've seen the blocks for free but have my beds done. I also have no truck to pick them up with. I've seen bricks too.
     
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Certainly anything that will hold the soil will work. Mine are all done with non treated pine 2 X 6, 8, 10's whatever I can find. They're also manageable sizes for me too. You can make them however long/short , wide or deep as you want. The point is to not have to roto til.

    2' X 4' or 4' X 4'
     
  7. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahaha DH volunteered to pick up my Cedar fencing. Well guess what it is going into making chicken coops and duck housing. I told him he can have it if he then finds me something to make my raised beds. [​IMG]
     
  8. RTFchickens

    RTFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red skin potatoes growing in 5 gallon bucket. This is our first try, I hope it works!!!
     
  9. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you explain how you did it? Do you just let a potato sprout & then cut it in chunks? I want to try this, but I don't know how.
     
  10. RTFchickens

    RTFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got regular potatoes at the store. We let them "get old" in a dark closet, when they sprouted, we put about 2 inches of potting soil, then the potatoes halved cut side down. We covered them with a combo of soil and composted rabbit poop. Watered, and this is what we got.
    We found some cool videos on YouTube about this too.
     

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