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New bed from the Porch

New bed from the Porch

Lovely spot, Keep the ground from eroding and stay moist and hot. Great new bed.

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That explains it!
I must be so thick, I have been wondering why you plant into raised beds. I am guessing that your top soil is quite shallow too ? Is it sandy ? Do you supplement the soil with anything when you fill the beds ?

23 Aug, 2008


I raise the beds more for warmth than anything. In the ground plants never seem to act warm. We really have good peat and loam topsoil, but most of my beds are on the cabin pad with no topsoil added so its irony sand. I fill the beds with topsoils and potting soils and sometimes add composts or enrichers. I'm gonna try a nutrieated mulch I found on this bed and see what happens.

25 Aug, 2008


Hello there Greenthumb - I lined the bottom of my raised beds with news paper, to help retain moisture. Then to keep the heat in before planting I used black plastic or matting. But I like your designs - I will have to try "The Greenthumb" raised bed design

When I saw you were from Alaska for some reason I thought i would see only snow and conifers - but you have a really wide range of plants - many of which I have here in UK. So know I now there are amazing plants and at least one really nice garden in Alaska. Brian UK.

29 Aug, 2008


24 Hour daylight, Brian, you should see the size even a one or two nasturtium garden can produce. I've been lining my beds with landscaping fabric more due to all my wild raspberries than for moisture. This bed in particular will be well watered the whole area runs off right there. I've centered ligularia in this bed and it likes cool and damp, so I can't heat things up too much. Thanks for the comment, Glad you like. :-)

30 Aug, 2008

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