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Vanceboro NC
Pooky
Feb 16, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Hello I'm in eastern North Carolina and getting ready to plant my spring garden . I made two raised beds and got them a little wider then what I intended. I struggle with the design of things but just really started vegetable gardening last year so I'm still learning. I can't reach the inside of my bed from the edge so I'm trying to figure out a design before I plant that will allow me to walk in the middle of the bed. I hate to turn the bed into rows because I would lose space so I was thinking of planting things in big squares with in the bed and bordering some of the squares w slate pieces I have so I have something I can walk on in the middle of the bed to reach things. I don't have enough slate pieces to do much though within the bed .The land is not mine so I don't want to do too much in the way of borders and I don't want to do anymore beds- this is about all I can handle with my health issues along with my flower beds. I've included a picture of the beds. Any ideas of how I can plant the beds so that I can reach the middle?
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Xeramtheum
Feb 16, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

The easiest thing you could do is just use something like cypress mulch to make your pathways .. that way you can make them as narrow as you want - or use some wood from palettes to make a pathway.
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Pooky
Feb 16, 2018 1:35 PM CST
I hadn't thought about that ,I'm getting ready to lay mulch on my flower beds. Thank you☺
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BigBill
Feb 16, 2018 1:41 PM CST
I could suggest digging into the mulch to make smaller access pathways where needed. This would mound the mulch a little higher but you could lay slate or some other type stone to walk on between rows of plants.
Dig them strategically so you can reach into the beds, 30" from one path and 30" from the opposite path on the backside increases your effective reach to 60" or 5'.
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Xeramtheum
Feb 16, 2018 3:03 PM CST
You're welcome!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Pooky
Feb 16, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Thank you Bill Thank You!
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BigBill
Feb 16, 2018 5:43 PM CST
Good luck!
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ctcarol
Feb 16, 2018 7:22 PM CST
If you don't like the idea of "rows", you can always put your slate in strategic places between plants for access.
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Pooky
Feb 16, 2018 11:04 PM CST
Tu Carol:)
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greene
Feb 17, 2018 5:29 AM CST
Pooky said:
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Can you please provide the dimensions/measurements of the beds? Thank You!

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BigBill
Feb 17, 2018 5:53 AM CST
It is hard to get measurements from photos bu I would imagine these raised beds are like 15' wide by 6 ' deep. These are two rectangles. How about moving the material by digging a narrow path right down the middle of each bed along the long dimension? The material moved could be brought to the long dimension up front towards where you took the image from.
What this would do effectively is give you 4 beds, 15 by 3 feet allowing to reach the inner most part of each bed from anywheee along the perimeter. You could then dedicate two beds for veggies and two for flowers, whatever suits your fancy. No slate needed, no wood needed, just have to reshape the beds. Your longest reach would be 18" or so. I think that that might suit your needs.
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Pooky
Feb 26, 2018 9:46 AM CST
I think the beds are about 10 x 10.

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