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Raised garden beds?

Discussion in 'Preppers' Corner' started by RickN, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. Timmy59

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    Put together 2 more 5x10 beds yesterday, clean up of leaves and sticks will all go in to add fill and compost.. The bed with block is asparagus bed, the following 2 beds are the still kicking mater plants..


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    I'm so jealous.
     
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    So ... @Timmy59 is making me sad. Lol

    I dunno if I'll ever figure out how to post pics but I FINALLY have my modified keyhole kinda cinder block garden in the backyard built up. Will have Minnick (thank God they are right down the street) come dump a load of dirt so I can fill it in and get going on the fall/winter garden. I know -- I shoulda had that done a month ago ... Always a day late and a dollar short.

    Now that I've made what is basically a permanent raised bed back here (and the house is within a couple years of being paid off) I don't see me going anywhere soon.

    The good thing about this design is the soil level is still low enough I have to actually do some bending (read: get some exercise) but in another 20 years when I can't do that I can just add another row of cinder blocks and raise the soil level to where I can still garden but not have to work at it quite so hard.

    Plus, in a moment of weakness yesterday Grumpy said I could turn the front yard into a garden. I'm SO happy I could cry!! :cry3:
     
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    I had 2x4x10 pressure treateds on hand which likely ran about 4 bucks and change, from what I hear a 2x4x8 is about 9 dollars now so anymore bed construction will be put on hold until lumber comes down..
     
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    I'm not sure exactly how much the cinder blocks have cost me so far but they will outlast me and that's all I was concerned with. I believe I have somewhere between 2 and 3 pallets tied up in it right now. Only thing left to finish up is the solid pavers to put on top of the blocks so I don't keep dropping **** down in the holes (and I can "grow" crickets for the ducks and chickens).
     
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    This is all being done to prepare for retirement..( 16mo ?) It should feed us and with luck we'll produce enough that we'll be able to sell to the public.. Because we're on a major hwy our thought is to set up a produce stand on wheels where we can sell produce, eggs and whatever else we can dream up..
     
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    Are you driving re bar in to keep the blocks in place, re bar is cheap and you can often barter on any that's bent..
     
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    That's a great plan IMHO. My goal is to just feed me ... And maybe sell enough baby ducks and eggs to recoup my "losses" for feed.

    These Welsh Harlequin ducks are apparently a hot commodity cuz "they are pretty". Haha! I like them because they are very much like Pekins -- nice and fat, crazy layers (300+ eggs/year) and they are pretty. Lol
     
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    Yep. I'll do that before I put the pavers on top. Thought about filling in every other row of holes with some dirt, too, though I'm not sure that would actually stop the shifting too much.
     
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    I/we tried the cinder block route 1st and wasn't happy with it.. It was a 1/2 a$$ attempt on my part though.. The challenge is getting them firm and stable..
     
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