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Offline DocRokRx

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Newbie Raised bed
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:37:20 AM »
Hey everyone.. just looking for a quick bit of info here...
I'm building 2 4x8 beds at the moment, and I'm completely green.
I think I remember Jack having an episode or 2 pretty much entirely devoted to newbie gardeners getting started. Does anyone know which episodes those were?
I'm particularly lost on building up my soil. Does anyone have any good (simple, straightforward )resources for learning about that?
Thanks so much!
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Re: Newbie Raised bed
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 09:58:03 AM »
I'm new to the forum and can't point you to the right episodes, but here is a link to a youtube video about making soil for square foot gardening.  Hope it helps!  I'll be tracking this thread because I'am building several boxes for the spring planting season and need this info also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpDQu4SKfxo


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Re: Newbie Raised bed
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 10:47:02 AM »
Your Extension Agent will have good pamphlets on raised beds, see the site at the end of all my post.    Here is a good video for raised beds.   http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv10/videos/index.html
With all the new and different mistakes out there waiting to be made, why keep repeating the same ones?

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Re: Newbie Raised bed
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 04:18:50 PM »
DocRokRx,

It has been awhile since I listened to this episode:

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/hr875-survival-gardening-and-the-square-foot-garden

But IIRC, Jack discusses the square foot gardening soil mix and then his own personal soil mix when he starts a new bed. Again, IIRC he adds some blood meal and if available some soil from an existing bed. The show also discusses square foot gardening which is a raised bed method.

I have been following the standard SFG soil mix and have had good results.

One of my biggest concerns with getting started in gardening was "building soil". Turns out the answer is straight forward. Use compost. For even more production, use composted manure from a ruminant.

If you buy the SFG book you will find step by step instructions and pictures about how to mix the soil.

HTH,
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Re: Newbie Raised bed
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012, 11:41:50 PM »
cool beans guys, thanks for the tips
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Re: Newbie Raised bed
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 12:45:03 AM »
Congrats on starting a new garden!

I have started my beds with compost, composted manure, peat moss, chopped leaves, blood meal, bone meal, organic fertilizer, kitchen scraps, and red wriggler worms...I think of it like a stir fry. Whatever I can get my hands on at the time goes into the bed. Over time I keep adding more of these things...but mostly compost and chopped leaves. Keep this up and over time you will have awesome soil. Just don't get caught up in exact formulas and recipes. Use what you have, follow labels for fertilizer mixes (it will tell you how much to add to a bed per square foot), and know that it is a process, not a one-time input.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
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