Little Project

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Just dug in 6 new raised beds and half filled with organic material ready for a soil mix. Back filled the rear of each bed with river stone to stop water going down behind the beds. Also put in an extra 24,000 ltrs of water to help with the up and coming orchard. Layed a heap of gabian rock around the tank by hand I think it looks great. Took a week but not bad for only breaking my big toe just over 4 weeks ago.
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I'll be gardening on a slope too once I get things in, though it doesn't look quite as steep as yours!
What is the function of the rocks against the beds and how do you keep weeds from taking them over?
 
I'll be gardening on a slope too once I get things in, though it doesn't look quite as steep as yours!
What is the function of the rocks against the beds and how do you keep weeds from taking them over?
The rocks are to try and divert any water from going down behind the beds and the weeds can just be pulled out..
 
love the setup nicely done ike the reserve water you have set up. thinking about a back area thats pretty heavy overgrow and a marshy weedy swale to have if dredge to make a small holding pond, i can't dam it like i would like to because of state and local ordinances which and fool neighbor cried it would flood out is falling down " tool shed? " it nothing more then rotted lumber now if he let me dam it we would have a nice spot about acre and half surface area ranging 1 to 4 meters deep. chuckles i can see a spite fence of psychedelic paint water holding tanks coming to go beside the turkey pen on boundry of property
 
Looking awesome mate!

What do you plan on planting in them for this time of year?
Cheers mate not sure on what the plan is for this section to be honest I don't think the beds will be ready to plant until spring. I put a fair amount of vegetation at the bottom of each bed it will probably take about 12 weeks for everything to settle.
 
Cheers mate not sure on what the plan is for this section to be honest I don't think the beds will be ready to plant until spring. I put a fair amount of vegetation at the bottom of each bed it will probably take about 12 weeks for everything to settle.
Yes I kind of wish I had of waited a period of time for the beds to settle and finish sinking prior to planting. I struggle with the waiting haha. Was keen to make a start so we had something to harvest prior to the cold setting in here. The next couple of beds we put in I wont be so impatient.
 
Yes I kind of wish I had of waited a period of time for the beds to settle and finish sinking prior to planting. I struggle with the waiting haha. Was keen to make a start so we had something to harvest prior to the cold setting in here. The next couple of beds we put in I wont be so impatient.
Totally understand it takes a lot of will power not to plant too soon you can just imagine the beautiful produce bursting from the beds.. Wish I compacted the soil a little though, we've just had over 300 ml in the last 3 days and it has washed I little out throught the corner joins.
 
Got 4 filled just before the rain hit 2 weeks ago and because it was fresh soil that hadn't settled some got washed out and the beds sunk 4-5 inches. Had a chance today to mix some soil and top up those beds unfortunately ran out of mix due to some getting washed away in the rain. Only 2 left.. 😁
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Got 4 of the 6 beds under way probably a little early as the beds are still settling but I couldn't wait. Got 4 squash going and producing well and just put in some lettuce, carrots, spring onions, celery and one bed full of garlic.
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6 Lots of each corrots, celery and spring onions..
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24 Garlic and all sprouted within a week..
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Looks awesome!
I just bought some garlic and honestly.. I'm at a loss on how to plant it. Any tips?
Just make sure you plant in nice loose soil I use a stick about as wide as your thumb to push a hole in the ground and put the garlic in hard end down with the wispy end just poking out of the soil. Keep moist and should see sprouts in a week or two also make sure you leave the dry skin on don't peel too much before you plant.
 
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