If your ground is solid rock, the best way to raise veggies is in a raised bed. My husband built a raised bed garden this year. The "blocks that hold the garden together are, believe it or not, Styrofoam. This was salvaged from boat docks a few years ago when they banned its use in the local lakes. Its insulating capacity, helps to keep the earth cool. The first picture was taken before the topsoil was added. The second picture, taken a few days ago, shows the results of our Mother's Day planting date.
We are about to start picking squash and tomatoes....at least for fried green tomatoes. :)
By Harlean from Arkansas
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looking for some one to come and take styrofoam
this is the kind you wrap what ever in.
it only pieces
I can't tell how high the posts are, but if they are eye level or close enough to an eye if you bend over, you need to put something on them so an eye doesn't become injured. I only know this because it happened to my doc many years ago.
As to your raised bed, sounds like a great idea!
Just realized that you cannot see the cucumbers that I described. This picture was taken on June 9. Today they have reached over the top of this fence and loaded with little cucumbers.
Harlean from arkansas
A few more details...he cut the pieces into blocks that he could easily handle, set them in place and used concrete rebar and pounded them into the ground until they were level with the top. You can see them sticking up in the first picture. He spray painted them with a tan paint. This step is not necessary, but we just mixed up some odds and ends of latex paint for this step.(Ya gotta have a little fun :) And everyone thinks it is stone or concrete. We have set a stack of "Milk Crates" in the center of the garden and attached a sprinkler for watering. We mulched it with straw to help hold the moisture, and we soak it down for about 30 minutes every couple days since we are having almost 100º days here. Along the right side toward the back is another good tip. We put up a piece of concrete reinforcing wire. It has large squares and is about 6 feet high. Plant your cucumbers along the bottom of this "trellis" and let your cucumbers climb. Easy to spot when they are ready and easy to pick. Our only regret in this endeavor is that we didn't make it bigger, but we can remove the end this fall and extend it, add more soil and make it larger.
Thanks for posting this,perhaps I can do this. I have the stuff from when we got new appliances & so far it's just sitting under the house . Some is under some wood.
I had no idea this could be done.
What a great idea! Did he pound rods through them into the ground to hold them in place? Or how did he do it? Sure beats lugging rocks and you can't beat the price of the material!
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