Gardening Texoma: Raised vegetable beds

Raised vegetable beds

Raised Vegetable Beds

The purpose of creating raised vegetable beds is so that you do not have to deal with excessive clay or sandy soil. It allows you to have more control over weeds, drainage and water application. While building your raised bed, it is very important to not use any treated wood product. It is safe to use hay dock blocks (8x16x8) and fill it with gravel or lava sand. I recommend starting off by putting 8 to 10 layers of newspaper down or a heavy cardboard product. This will create a weed barrier for you. While building up the soil, I recommend using the following: Compost, molasses, cornmeal green sand, seaweed, granite sand, Humate, cotton burr compost, alfalfa meal, and lava sand. It is not necessary to raise your bed to level that is 16 in. high. However, if you raise it above 8 in. it is more likely to be protected from the wind and potential cold.

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