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Re: ground prep for raised beds


To respond a bit belatedly to your original question, newspaper is a good 
was to control weeds in built raised beds. Place a layer of newspaper on the 
bottom of all of the beds, before the soil is added.
-Starr Farris
Northwest Youth Corps
Community Garden Coordinator
Eugene OR


>From: "Deborah Steelman" <dasteelman@erols.com>
>To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
>Subject: [cg] ground prep for raised beds
>Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 09:10:21 -0400
>
>We are preparing to install pressure treated lumber for raised bed planting 
>beds on a lot which has some weeds, hard dirt, even the remnants of a 
>macadam drive way still intact. A house was torn down years ago.
>     the plans were drawn up by our county agricultural architect, gratis. 
>The local high school shop class is building them and with the help of the 
>HS horticultural club is providing installation.
>     We are going to fill the beds with topsoil for planting. What is the 
>best  and most economical way to prepare the ground to prevent weeds from 
>coming up. Chemical weedkillers have been suggested and I'm really 
>reluctant to use them.
>     This community garden is a first for our small urban like community of 
>6,000. We have formed a collaborative committee with 2 churches, the Supt. 
>of our schools, and the chamber of commerce. We received training and an 
>initial grant through the United Methodist Church Shalom Zone progam for 
>community renewal. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>Rev. Deborah Steelman, Paulsboro Shalom Community Garden (NJ)

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