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Our Temporary Raised Beds

July 5, 2013

 

We figured out a way to see if a raised bed will work in our partially shaded area by planting our veggies in a straw bale raised bed this year.  This area has trees with very high limbs.  As the sun shifts during the year the amount of sunlight we receive really changes so it is hard to say exactly how much sun this area receives through the summer.  Our solution was to put in a temporary raised bed made with straw bale sections around the edges filled with Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil.  Our plan is to decide by the end of the summer whether we will build a permanent stacked stone bed in this area for next year.

Thought you would like to see the progress midway through the summer.  The jury is still out on whether there will be enough sun in this area to maximize our veggie harvest.

We used straw bale sections to form the edges and then filled the bed with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil Mix.  After the seeds germinated we mulched the center with straw.

We used straw bale sections to form the edges and then filled the bed with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil Mix. After the seeds germinated we mulched the center with straw.

We planted cucumber and squash seeds in the center of the beds surrounded by nasturtium seeds to help discourage squash vine borer and cucumber beetle.  You can see the plants leaning toward the more sunny side of the bed.

We planted cucumber and squash seeds in the center of the beds surrounded by nasturtium seeds to help discourage squash vine borer and cucumber beetle. You can see the squash plants leaning toward the more sunny side of the bed.

 

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