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4/19/09 3:11 P

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Great information! I did not think about the newspaper under my raised bed! But plan to try it this fall. I use top soil and compost mix (compost is manure) and they grow wonderfully!

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4/5/09 1:36 A

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I have a raised bed veggie garden. I do not use manure of any kind as it has caused weeds in the past.
I use a good vegetable fertilizer to amend the soil. I use 16-16-16 from the Lilly Miller is my favorite brand.

I always use Miracle Grow every two weeks though out the veggie bearing season.

Good luck with your raised beds. Sandy

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4/3/09 11:21 P

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I have serval raised beds and just completed a new addition last month. I use Black Cow compost, mushroom compost, vermiculite, a small portion of perilite and some good top soil. They seem to do very well in this combination. I also use cow manure for fertilizer.

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FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS I HAVE HAD A LARGE GARDEN OF RAISED BEDS AND LOVE THEM. THE TIP OF USING NEWSPAPERS IS A GOOD ONE I DONT LIKE USING PLASTIC AS A MULCH BECAUSE AFTER A FEW YEARS IT IS A MESS AND CAUSES MORE WORK. THROUGH THE WINTER I STAPLE NEWSPAPERS TOGETHER END TO END ROLL THEM UP TO STORE THEN JUST UNROLL THEM WHERE I WANT THEM MUCH EASIER ON A WINDY DAY IN SPRING.

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4/3/09 8:07 A

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I have found working in the greenhouse and heading up garden clubs that the biggest mistake people make with container gardening is they WATER TOO MUCH - and the container doesn't get enough sun. If you were to start a container garden I would recommend starting out with a bush tomato ( they even make variety grown for container use). Another fun grower is lettuce mix.

Good Luck with those raised beds. It is a true science to learn how to grow things!


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4/3/09 4:02 A

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I just used regular topsoil as a filler for my raised beds, but I topped it off with Miracle Grow Garden Soil and I also used that in when I stuck plants in the ground. I kept my plants well fed during growing and they did fine. I will be working in compost from my compost pile this year. I never had much luck with tomatoes in containers-they do much better for me in the ground. Here's a good hint if you are making raised beds over grass. You can put down about six inches of newspaper right over the grass and add your dirt on top. The newspaper keeps the grass from growing up through it and gradually breaks down into the soil.

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4/2/09 9:59 P

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Thanks for the info! I had mixed luck with the veggies & it could have been because I had planted at the wrong time or something, I don't know. That was my first year so I really don't know too much about planting times for what plant.

We tried some blue potatoes that seemed to do pretty well, a short eggplant that did ok too but only yielded about 5 small ones, some swarf carrot that didn't do that great, 3 kinds of tomatoes that didn't do much of anything, some peas that I got a couple pods off of, and a cucumber & pumpkin that just piddled out.

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Welcome to the team - Great question.
I am surprised your veggies didn't do well in containers. Root systems on veggies do not need much space. Curious to what you grew. I have grown veggiens ( lettuce, peppers, tomatoes) in containers for years. We also have a large garden and I do have a 'raised bad' where I grow my drying flowers.

Here is a great link you may want to take a look at for advice on making raised beds. This was useful for my construction.

www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/hort2/MF21
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FOR MY SOIL - I used a mix from my garden that already existed. I put horse manure in the garden each year with compost mixing it under in the fall. I have great results.

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I'm going to be building a few small raised beds to try vegetables in this year. I tried veggies for the first time last year in pots on my deck with limited results. I think it would have been better with more room. So we've identified a small area we can build them in but I have a question. Anyone have a good (& cheap!) recipe for a great soil mix to fill it with for vegetables?

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