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chefkirk
Apr 30, 2020 9:33 PM CST
Hi everyone,

This is my first year growing vegetables. I built 3- 8'x4'x10' raised beds for various tomato plants I have. Long story short all my beds are now 80% "cold" compost what should I add to ensure proper water retention and drainage. I live in the northeast.

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sallyg
May 1, 2020 12:32 AM CST
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These resting on the ground? I am confused about the dimensions. Are they 10 inches tall? Cold compost, as in fall leaves mostly?

I would fill the rest with topsoil, or local dirt, and plant. The plants will root down in there, I think it'll be fine. In fall you can mix it up some and will have room to add more compost and soil.

But we'll see what others say.
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gardenfish
May 1, 2020 12:48 AM CST
I agree This is what I would recommend, too. Be sure to put your supports for the tomato plants in place when you plant to avoid damaging the roots later on. This is what I did in my raised bed. Pic below.
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NH (Zone 5b)
chefkirk
May 1, 2020 8:33 PM CST
Sally,
Thank you. My bad if my dimensions were hard to understand they are 8' long 4' wide and 10" tall. Yes they are resting on the ground but I put a 1/4 gap at the bottom so they aren't exactly on the ground. I figured I was just going to add some bags of "garden soil" to get some retention and drainage with the bag mix. "Cold Compost" is just how it's processed. I have a lot of free time on my hands with what's going on so I want to make sure I do everything perfect so I can also donate all my extra because right now I have 26 beef steak bushes and 10 heirloom plants. Any guidance would be great.
sallyg said: Welcome! Welcome! to the site, and gardening

These resting on the ground? I am confused about the dimensions. Are they 10 inches tall? Cold compost, as in fall leaves mostly?

I would fill the rest with topsoil, or local dirt, and plant. The plants will root down in there, I think it'll be fine. In fall you can mix it up some and will have room to add more compost and soil.

But we'll see what others say.



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chefkirk
May 1, 2020 8:36 PM CST
What would you recommend for indeterminate tomato plants? I thought about some heavy rope that's connects to twine that I can pull up as they grow. Any ideas are welcome
gardenfish said: I agree This is what I would recommend, too. Be sure to put your supports for the tomato plants in place when you plant to avoid damaging the roots later on. This is what I did in my raised bed. Pic below.
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gardenfish
May 2, 2020 1:51 AM CST
You will need heavy support for indeterminate tomatoes. I'm thinking what you're talking about is called the Florida weave. Google it to find out about it. Me? I got tired of dealing with all the traditional ways to stake them, so I took a 20' cattle panel and arched it over the bed, attaching it to both sides. All I have to do is tie the vines to the panel as they grow. By the end of last summer I had a tomato tunnel going on! Of course, I had to use a ladder to get to the top. BTW, you're beds look great!
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