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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Feb 9, 2013 7:39 PM CST
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?

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 10, 2013 7:51 AM CST

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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.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Feb 10, 2013 1:33 PM CST
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.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 10, 2013 4:59 PM CST

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I've also had mushroom compost from Madisonville - LOVE THAT STUFF.

I want to see pictures of this project once you're done and you've got plants growing. Thumbs up
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canadanna
Feb 10, 2013 8:29 PM CST
Looks great. Can't wait to see the yields.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
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Poohdaddy
Feb 12, 2013 7:06 PM CST
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.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Feb 12, 2013 10:29 PM CST

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I can't wait to see the pictures from this summer. Thumbs up
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Feb 12, 2013 11:41 PM CST
I agree I agree
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 16, 2013 7:52 AM CST
Your bed really looks gorgeous Duane, great job!!!
I look forward to seeing how it all works out. Smiling
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Eyenana
Apr 3, 2014 9:21 PM CST
Tell me about mushroom compost. Is it used as an additive to raised bed soil or is it possible to use it exclusively as a raised bed filler?Any warnings of right or wrong types? Eyenana
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Gymgirl
Apr 22, 2014 7:38 AM CST
bump!

Where's the rest of this thread, LOL?

Poohdaddy,
Where're the pics? Confused
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Apr 22, 2014 7:46 AM CST

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I agree. @Poohdaddy: how did the bed go last year? And what's it looking like today?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 22, 2014 8:23 AM CST
I agree I agree I agree I want to know, too!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas
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Poohdaddy
Apr 22, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Sorry, I don't have any pictures this year of the garden, but this picture was taken about middle of May last year.


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Only thing, I never got my drip irrigation successfully installed. That is this weeks project. The barrels were painted by my wife.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 22, 2014 7:42 PM CST

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Your garden looks great, but I want to see a close up photo of the barrels your wife painted. They look so much nicer than plain black or green. I really love the colors. Beautiful!

Dutch627
Aug 13, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Love the idea of cinder blocks for raised beds but I was told some have chemicals that can leach into the soil. What type are you using and what do you need to look for in a cinder block?
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plantmanager
Aug 13, 2017 3:51 PM CST
I just found this thread, and would like to do something similar. Please let us know how it has gone, and what you would do different, poohdaddy.
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tx_flower_child
Aug 14, 2017 9:29 PM CST
I just found this thread also. You did good. But your wife did really good painting those rain barrels!
Name: Catherine
SW Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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jerseyridgearts
Oct 8, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Chiming in - I'd love to see more details (and dimensions) too. Planning raised vegetable beds for next Spring. May also use Dave's hugelculture idea for a prefill.
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pod
Oct 8, 2017 7:40 AM CST
jerseyridgearts said:Chiming in - I'd love to see more details (and dimensions) too. Planning raised vegetable beds for next Spring. May also use Dave's hugelculture idea for a prefill.


Yes, and I'd love you see yours as you develop them. I have had moderate success with gardening on a small scale in three raised beds here. I'm always looking to learn more.
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