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Re: old growth alternatives/raised beds

  • Subject: [cg] Re: old growth alternatives/raised beds
  • From: JSBMH2@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 20:51:15 EST

I've used cinder blocks, which need to be two (2) high to do well, straw  
bales, plastic mesh fence cut into strips, eastern red cedar logs (which are a  
scourge and taking over the tall grass prairie, but great for raised beds) and  
rough sawed boards, rock and tornado spawned tree trunks, 18" deep steel  
strip castoffs from steel yards, concrete and a primitive attempt at  adobe.
In the end I come back to nothing on the borders at all, just a sloping  
raised bed.  Ascetically these beds are pleasing, can be shaped in any  design you 
please, and are easily maintained.  I do think the soil is  important.  These 
days I concentrate on that.  A compost pile is  a raised bed waiting to 
All the best,
John Herndon
Village Green Community Garden
Norman,  Oklahoma       

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