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Monday, April 19, 2010

"New" Raised Planting Bed, Part 2

I got a good start on finishing the "new" framed bed today.  Here is where I left off yesterday...


So I added another layer of the old garden soil...


Added more composted mulch...

Leveled it all out, and added a last layer of garden soil...


It was finally time to finish the project by adding the red reflective plastic (the tomatoes love it)...
The bed will hold 4 heirloom tomatoes in 24" diameter remesh cages.  I will tuck a few basil plants around them on the sunnier side.  It was way too windy to plant them today.  I've been hardening them to outside conditions gradually for a week, but the wind was vicious.  Stuff was blowing off the deck...

I've been debating whether to use the "wall o' waters" this year.  Next week is the average last frost date, but we haven't had a frost since February.  On the other hand, the warmer the better for early tomatoes.  The wall o' waters means a little less sunlight, but the warmth and the wind protection is worthwhile.  I guess I will use them this year.

I'll dig the holes for the tomatoes first, set up and fill the wall o' waters tomorrow, then let them warm up a full day.  Then plant the tomatoes the next morning.  The soil temperature is up over 60 F, so they won't mind being planted.  But wind can just dehydrate them so badly when they are getting established!

2 comments:

Jacqueline said...

You are doing a great job, Mark; I always learn a lot from your posts...Have a happy week!

THE ZOO said...

youve done very good there. good luck to you. we have an old one that came with the house but we never use it. we do flowers not gardening. only bad thing is ours is by our fence and carly can lean higher up on our fence. we worry he'll hop over one day so we have to watch him out in the backyard. I know this sounds crazy but we use it as a pet graveyard. its that big and in our yard we have an inch of dirt and then bedrock so its the only place to dig really.