Another couple of good days and I will be finished with my raised bed garden. Still have to finish putting soil in the beds, raise and level the walk area and cover with mulch and put the fence around it to keep the deer out!! Only thing I haven't decided is how I want to water. I have thought of putting two rain barrels at the upper corners and install a gravity flow drip system. Any suggestions?
This is most impressive, Duane! That'll serve you well for a long time.
How much are you going to raise the walkway? Any concern about water pooling in that walk area? And what kind of material are you filling these beds in? Because of their depth I would be tempted to fill the bulk of it with rotted wood and finish it with 6 inches of compost at the top.
I like your idea of barrels gravity feeding a drip system.
Thanks Dave. I was looking to raise the walk area up another cinder block at the far end of the garden and angle it up to the front with topsoil. Then put 4 - 6" of mulch on top of the soil. I chose to use cinder blocks due to the 18" drop in grade and that was even challenging!! Water from rain should drain fairly well. For filling the bed I am using mushroom compost due to the fact that I had a truckload delivered from Madisonville to be used for other projects in addition to the garden. Most of my excess wood I run through my chipper/shredder to create mulch for all my walk paths between flower/herb beds.
I will post another picture when I finish filling the beds, complete the walk area and get the fence up. Also post pictures when I plant and later when the veggies have grown. Dave, I am attending the Irrigation Efficiency Specialist training in San Antonio at the end of March so I probably will wait until then to install the drip irrigation.