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RE: raised beds


Kellie: 

1) This was excerpted from a response to a similar request (i.e., how to
create a regular raised)  by Jack Hale, a master gardener and CG garden
program administrator:

"In our smaller gardens on bad soil, we often build raised beds that are 4'
by 8' and a foot deep. We use recycled plastic landscape timbers that are
about 3" thick. It takes 12 timbers, 4 of them cut in half, plus about 30 6"
galvanized twist deck spikes to make one bed. It holds just over 1 yard of
soil. I figure a little over $100 per bed when I'm budgeting. There are
cheaper ways to do raised beds - making them bigger, for instance - but this
size is very solid and easy to build. A group of people can pick them up and
move them after they have been constructed. They make a nice manageable unit
within the garden."
Note: The plastic landscape timbers are non-reactive and do not leach
chemicals into the soil. If you choose to use wood - USE ONLY UNTREATED
WOOD. NASTY THINGS LIKE ARSENIC AND OTHER CHEMICALS LEACH INTO THE SOIL FROM
ALL PRESSURE TREATED LUMBER,  MAKING IT TOXIC.

2) For a senior  in a wheelchair, we made an enabled bed in our garden in
brick about 2' high, 3' wide and 9 foot long next to one of our back garden
paths. We may build a hollow square one ( with one of the sides missing) in
the future as an alternative design. Here is the website of the garden I
volunteer in: http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org

3) You'll probably be interested in these enabled gardening sites:  
The Wonderful Canadian city farmer site:
http://www.cityfarmer.org/urbagnotes1.html#notes

The commercial garden forever site is a great source of tools and enabled
gardening aids.
http://www.gardenforever.com/pages/artenabled.htm

Search through this site for information on enabled gardening, the Chicago
Botanic garden  is a pioneer 

http://www.chicago-botanic.org/Images/explore/enable/EnableGuide.pdf
Once you're established as a garden,  please consider joining the American
Community Gardening Association.  For 25 bucks a year you instantly become
part of an international organization (we have Canadians, Japanese and a
coupla European members) of community gardeners. Check out this link for all
the goodies you can get as a member:
http://www.communitygarden.org/about/membership.html 
There are karmic benefits to joining the ACGA as well.
Happy gardening, please let us know how it works out for you,
Adam Honigman




 


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Kellie Schaffer [SMTP:kellie@foodlinkny.org]
> Sent:	Thursday, March 15, 2001 3:08 PM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] raised beds
> 
> Hi my name is Kellie Schaffer, I am an AmeriCorps volunteer at FOODLINK 
> Inc., the food bank of Central and Western NY. We would like to build 
> raised beds on a parking lot for seniors to be able to garden on. What is
> a 
> good source for the how to's of building raised beds especially for 
> seniors. Does anyone have any advise they have learned from experience?
> Thanks
> Peace-kellie
> At 12:00 PM 2/17/01 -0600, you wrote:
> 
> >Send community_garden mailing list submissions to
> >         community_garden@mallorn.com
> >
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> >or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to
> >         community_garden-request@mallorn.com
> >You can reach the person managing the list at
> >         community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> >
> >When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific than
> >"Re: Contents of community_garden digest..."
> >
> >
> >Today's Topics:
> >
> >   1. (no subject) (Heather Malloch)
> >   2. lichens (Adam Levy)
> >   3. RE: (no subject) (Honigman, Adam)
> >   4. RE: lichens (Honigman, Adam)
> >   5. community gardens in montgomery county, MD. (Sharon Groves)
> >   6. RE: community gardens in montgomery county, MD. & Karmic Ins
> >  tructions (Honigman, Adam)
> >   7. Re:emeryville leads from HaywardcommunityGardens (Hayward Community
> 
> > Gardens)
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 1
> >From: "Heather Malloch" <hmalloch@gbutler.com>
> >To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:09:38 -0600
> >charset="iso-8859-1"
> >Subject: [cg] (no subject)
> >
> >I'D LIKE TO EASE INTO THE GARDEN SCENE HERE IN KANSAS CITY, MO. CAN
> ANYONE
> >OFFER SOME INSIGHT?
> >HEATHER L MALLOCH
> >HMALLOCH@GBUTLER.COM
> >
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 2
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 13:45:51 -0500
> >From: "Adam Levy" <Adam.Levy@livingresources.org>
> >To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> >Subject: [cg] lichens
> >
> >I am interested in appropriate growing conditions for lichens.  I work at
> 
> >a farm in upstate New York where we do therapeutic and educational 
> >gardening and would like to incorporate lichens into a lesson plan.  I 
> >would appreciate any information that any subscribers may have on the 
> >subject.  Thank you very much,
> >Adam Levy
> >
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 3
> >From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> >To: "'Heather Malloch'" <hmalloch@gbutler.com>,
> community_garden@mallorn.com
> >Subject: RE: [cg] (no subject)
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 14:46:13 -0500
> >
> >Heather,
> >
> >Maybe this link will help:
> >
> >http://www.allspecies.org/neigh/y2kreport.htm
> >
> >Tell us how it works out for you,
> >
> >Adam Honigman
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Heather Malloch [SMTP:hmalloch@gbutler.com]
> > > Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 1:10 PM
> > > To:   community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > Subject:      [cg] (no subject)
> > >
> > > I'D LIKE TO EASE INTO THE GARDEN SCENE HERE IN KANSAS CITY, MO. CAN
> ANYONE
> > > OFFER SOME INSIGHT?
> > > HEATHER L MALLOCH
> > > HMALLOCH@GBUTLER.COM
> > >
> > >
> > > _______________________________________________
> > > community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 4
> >From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> >To: "'Adam Levy'" <Adam.Levy@livingresources.org>,
> >"'community_garden@mallorn.com'" <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> >Subject: RE: [cg] lichens
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:08:26 -0500
> >
> >Adam,
> >
> >These are some sites that may have the information that you need:
> >
> >1) Intro. to lichens from UC Berkley:
> >
> >http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fungi/lichens/lichens.html
> >
> >2) U of Maine microscopic lichens:
> >
> >http://academic.umfk.maine.edu/lichens/stubble.htm
> >
> >3) Lichens and the environment:
> >
> >http://www.lichen.com/environment.html
> >
> >4) From the University of Oldenberg ( Denmark?)
> >
> >http://bionet.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de/aerodata/lichenes/einfo.htm
> >
> >5) English churchyard lichen page:
> >
> >http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/jmgray/churyd.htm
> >
> >6) Updoming Yale  University Press Book: Lichens of North America;
> >
> >http://www.lichen.com/book.html
> >
> >7) English lichen society:
> >
> >http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/jmgray/
> >
> >8) Air pollution, lichens and mosses:
> >
> >http://www.mpm.edu/collect/botany/lichens.html
> >
> >9) NY State Biodiversity page:
> >
> >http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/bri/index.html
> >
> >10) The Buffalo, NY Museum of Science, Clinton Herbarium may have some
> more
> >information for you
> >
> >http://www.sciencebuff.org/bot_clint.html
> >
> >Best wishes,
> >
> >Adam Honigman
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Adam Levy [SMTP:Adam.Levy@livingresources.org]
> > > Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 1:46 PM
> > > To:   community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > Subject:      [cg] lichens
> > >
> > > I am interested in appropriate growing conditions for lichens.  I work
> at
> > > a farm in upstate New York where we do therapeutic and educational
> > > gardening and would like to incorporate lichens into a lesson plan.  I
> > > would appreciate any information that any subscribers may have on the
> > > subject.  Thank you very much,
> > > Adam Levy
> > >
> > >
> > > _______________________________________________
> > > community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 5
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:32:42 -0500
> >From: Sharon Groves <sg56@umail.umd.edu>
> >Reply-To: sg56@umail.umd.edu
> >Organization: University of Maryland
> >To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> >Subject: [cg] community gardens in montgomery county, MD.
> >
> >
> >
> >Does anyone out there know who I should call to find out about the
> >availability of community garden plots in montgomery county, MD, or
> >surrounding area.  I have always loved to garden but unfortunately live
> >in a small apartment without much land to work with and am,
> >consequently, looking for a community lot.  I have not had much success
> >finding a phone number so if anyone has any information I would
> >appreciate it.  Thanks for your help.  Sharon Groves
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 6
> >From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> >To: "'sg56@umail.umd.edu'" <sg56@umail.umd.edu>,
> community_garden@mallorn.com
> >Subject: RE: [cg] community gardens in montgomery county, MD. & Karmic
> Ins
> >tructions
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 16:13:07 -0500
> >
> >Sharon,
> >
> >Please note the special karmic instructions at the bottom of this
> message:
> >
> >1) Why don't you contact the MD community gardening coordinator?
> >
> >Maryland
> >                     Jon Traunfeld
> >                     Regional Specialist, Fruit &
> >                     Veg/State
> >                     Master Gardener
> >                     Coordinator
> >                     University of Maryland
> >                     Home and Garden
> >                     Information Center
> >                     12005 Homewood Road
> >                     Ellicott City, MD 21042
> >                                            410-531-5556
> >                                            410-531-5567
> >                                            jt46@umail.umd.edu
> >
> >
> >2) Here's a general Montgomery County page to navigate through:
> >
> >http://www.quirksworld.com/hopscotch.html
> >
> >
> >3) The Montgomery County corporate volunteer page:
> >
> >http://www.co.mo.md.us/services/volunteer/page3.html
> >
> >KARMIC INSTRUCTIONS: Once you have found a community garden and have
> planted
> >your first seedings, join the American Gardening Association.
> >The last person to take advice from this listserve was a  Mr.  William
> >Jefferson Clinton who was looking for information on the transplanting of
> >roses from a Washington, DC garden. Advice was given, membership
> information
> >suggested. Mr. Clinton did not join the ACGA . Looking at the recent
> >headlines, I believe that you can gauge the Karmic costs of NOT JOINING
> THE
> >ACGA.....
> >Just follow the information on this page:
> >
> >http://www.communitygarden.org/about/membership.html
> >
> >You'll feel much better ;)
> >
> >Happy gardening,
> >Adam Honigman
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Sharon Groves [SMTP:sg56@umail.umd.edu]
> > > Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 3:33 PM
> > > To:   community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > Subject:      [cg] community gardens in montgomery county, MD.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Does anyone out there know who I should call to find out about the
> > > availability of community garden plots in montgomery county, MD, or
> > > surrounding area.  I have always loved to garden but unfortunately
> live
> > > in a small apartment without much land to work with and am,
> > > consequently, looking for a community lot.  I have not had much
> success
> > > finding a phone number so if anyone has any information I would
> > > appreciate it.  Thanks for your help.  Sharon Groves
> > >
> > > _______________________________________________
> > > community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com
> > > https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden
> >
> >--__--__--
> >
> >Message: 7
> >Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 17:31:17 -0800
> >From: Hayward Community Gardens <haywardcommunitygardens@netzero.net>
> >To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> >Subject: [cg] Re:emeryville leads from HaywardcommunityGardens
> >
> > > Dear Greenman:
> >
> >Emeryville Community Organic Garden
> >59th Street@Doyle
> >510-658-4915
> >write direct for more info
> >
> > >
> > >
> > > Message: 5
> > > Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 16:12:06 -0800
> > > From: David King <greenman@ucla.edu>
> > > Organization: A Rather Smallish Part of UCLA
> > > To: Community Garden List <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> > > Subject: [cg] Emeryville, CA
> > >
> > > Hi...  I have been to the ACGA site and I don't see that their site's
> > > database is working.  I have been offered the chance to live in this
> > > part of California and if I do it, I will need a community garden -
> and
> > > the availablility of such a garden will weigh heavily in my decision.
> > > Do any of you know of availability of a community garden in Emeryville
> > > and who I would contact to find out about availiblility etc?
> > >
> > > I appreciate any and all effort on my behalf...
> > >
> > > David King
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >Shop online without a credit card
> >http://www.rocketcash.com
> >RocketCash, a NetZero subsidiary
> >
> >
> >
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> >
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