Filling raised beds

  • EvW

    April 16, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    Good idea!

  • MartHale7

    April 16, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    For the bottom I like to use old logs decaying… and brush… Then Tons of leaves, then on top of that your chicken coop scratches…. IDon’t want to mix that with the top layer as wood that has not broken down will pull nitrogen from the soil and will be bad fro your plants but if you have a lot of chicken manure mixed in there will be no lack of nitrogen. But for bottom fill that would work, I just find that old logs use up the space fast and you end up with a hugleculture like permies use.

  • Squeeze

    April 16, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    the problems with junk in the bottom, especially low beds is leave enough room for root depth, especially for root vegies like carrot. The next is How much they will sink by next year when all the leaves/cardboard decomposes. But thats just the way it goes with raised beds, It seems like you fill them for the first few years every spring. Everything in gardening takes a long time to get close to the goalpost. Tall beds are the same way X3. Your soil might be better, Mine are all topped with peat, compost and perlite. some of my tall beds were used as composter for a year or 2, then topped and planted.

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