This is my raised bed made of really old railroad ties. This is the bed in winter when it is all dormant.
In spring one end houses rhubarb.
The other end strawberries.
And in between the two crops various vegetables including onions. These Walla Walla onions were an experiment with milk jugs and seeds. I started these onions in February in milk jugs outside. No lights or heat. They are the biggest onions on the farm and I think next year I will experiment with this some more.
Anyone else out there start their seeds like this. I am amazed at the preliminary results of my first experiment and would love to hear other people's experiences with milk jugs winter sowing.
Also tucked in this bed are beets Cylindra and carrots Scarlet Nantes. I cannot grow carrots in my regular garden soil because it has way too many rocks. Carrots do not like rocks. I am anxious to see what kind of crop I get from these in the bed. If I get a good crop I am seriously considering removing the strawberries and planting this entire bed with root crops next time. This would enable me to grow my own carrots as long as I keep lots of compost and amendments in this bed to keep the soil light.
Also in this bed are tucked some California Wonder Bell Peppers.
And Jericho romaine lettuce.
It amazes me the amount of food crammed into this small space. I think that as O Wise One and I age this type of gardening will be what we eventually go to. Raised beds with heavily amended soil that require maybe more watering but less bending and stooping. My only complaint was that when my son in law made this bed for me he made it too wide to reach across and I have to climb up in it to weed, pick and plant. I think the next beds we have will be much narrower and maybe a little taller.
Anyone else out there garden in raised beds. Do you garden with raised beds? I would love some input on the design of your beds or what works for you.
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