Raised Beds, the Hard Way


| 4/7/2017 1:45:00 PM


Tags: Gardening, Nebraska Dave, Nebraska,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveIt seems that every time a project comes up, it's always done the hard way. Over-engineering takes much longer than needed, and so it is with my garden, but when it's done it's built to last a lifetime. These rocks that I have found for my raised beds come from my neighborhood. Many walls have been built with these rocks, and — as they replace them with the new, modern, retaining wall blocks — it gives me a ready supply of rocks to use for raised beds.

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I have hauled away several walls of rocks and used them for outlining the raised beds that have been built in Terra Nova Gardens.

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A layer of weed barrier laid down will keep the weeds from growing. My favorite barrier is old dumpster carpet from apartment buildings. An overlapping layer does the trick. I've had some carpet in the garden for five years without any sign of deterioration. Four corner stones are placed in position to anchor the corners and to use as a guide for the sides and ends.

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