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Good luck---sounds like a good pairing of plants.
They used to plant pole beans along side corn so that the beans grow up the corn---it worked really well for the colonials.

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I'm thinking of adding Artichoke - Green Globe in a 4x4 and Asparagus - Martha Washington in circle collapsible containers, to a new section of yard for my garden this year. My thinking is that the artichoke will help brace the asparagus, and the asparagus to help shade the artichoke. to be clear the asparagus would sit behind outside of the 4x4 holding only the artichoke.

First attempt on this would like to hear of any others thoughts and ideas on this. Hoping to knock this out of the park on a first time around attempt. Also will be using seeds for these plants. Thank You



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Thanks. I know he would love to be able to garden again

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You can do raised beds on legs, too. They work wonderfully for handicapped. Just remember that you don't want them too wide.

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Nebraskannie I would love to hear more ideas on gardening in a wheelchair. I will be living with my parents shortly and Dad is in a wheel chair. He used to have a huge garden. I'd love for him to be able to get out and do that again.

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What a wonderful idea! Ours are about that height, too.

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I'm in a wheelchiar and can't use the low raised beds we used to have. My husband found the oval stock tanks with the bottoms rusted that the sale barn can't use and they're great. I've used them several years now. They're just the right height and depth and the littles can help! This year I'm going to put some alaska grow buckets on the deck for cherry tomatoes that I can reach easily.


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Most cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes provide quite a few once they get going. You will enjoy them.

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Thank you Lecates,

The info on these suggested initially to stake and tie them to "train" them, then cage them at about the 2' level. When they start blooming and setting fruit, have friends and neighbors handy - their allegedly very "fruitful" (pun initially not intended, but ...) lol

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I have grown those in a large pot---they did well---just remember to put in a cage---you could surround it with chicken wire but then have problems getting to them yourself. Maybe spraying the plant with pepper spray that you mix up yourself---just remember to respray after rain. Be careful not to plant too much around the plant of there won't be enough nutrients for the main purpose, the tomatoes. I didn't grow anything else in mine---and kept it on the deck---no issues with squirrels and I have them in my yard---they have enough other stuff that they generally don't bother mine. Good luck with your plans.

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Other than me, no one in my family likes tomatos, so I'm planning on trying to grow a single cherry tomato plant this, the Sunchocola Hybrid.

Because I'm considerably shorter than 10', 8' tall, and I'm shorter than 6' tall, I plan on controlling the growth by pinching.

I think my problem is going to be squirrels. Ma tomato plant will be surrounded by marigolds, garlic and citronella.

I've heard owl statues are a deterrent if moved occasionally.

Is there anything else I can do to discourage squirrels - other than exposing my body to hours of sun and packing BB gun?

My raised bed will be a large pot w the bottom filled w rocks for stability.

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According to the size really. Ours are a bit more expensive because we built them tall because of knee problems. You can actually buy them as kits. I don't think they are difficult to put together. Not sure which option would be cheaper.

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I have thought about getting raised beds. Has anyone hired someone to make them? How much did it cost?


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We just built our 3rd raised bed for vegetables. Think we will try carrots this year and something else but not sure what.

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That is wonderful having raised beds so much easier and not to bend so much \, this is in my future to do list

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Great! We have 2 raised beds for veggies and are building a third one this year. We actually do ours 20 inches high and only 2 feet wide ---we have bad knees---and I love this size. I have raised beds all over my yard---some of wood and some of brick---so much easier to maintain raised beds.

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We just moved to a new home( house is sixyrs. old). I haven't had a vegetable garden for almost13 years. My husband built a raised bed for me. He is going to build another. I can't wait to grow vegetables besides tomatoes in pots.


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You need mostly shade plants under trees unless the tree isn't very big. You also have to be careful not to smother the base of the tree.

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I LOOKED AT YOUR PAGE AND SAW HOW PRETTY YOUR RAISED BEDS ARE. THAT IS WHAT I WILL TRY, TOO. THERE IS A TREE I COULD SURROUND WITH A BED OF FLOWERS IN THE FRONT YARD. I TRIED MORNING GLORIES THERE BUT THEY DIDN'T SPROUT. THE MORNING GLORIES ON THE OLD CHICKEN COOP HAVE TRAILED OVER IT AND LOOK VERY PRETTY EVERY YEAR. THE MATURED COOP SOIL MUST BE CHUCK FULL OF NUTRIENTS.

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There are lots of ways to have raised beds. We have used landscape timbers, bricks, and built wooden beds. Sounds like you would be better with them. A lot easier on the back. Go to my page and you will see different kinds we have.

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Oh, I forgot....my soil is so compact in the spots I want flowers. I've tried digging out the compacted soil and mixing in bags of peat moss, potting soil, straw chopped, but it didn't help. A neighbor showed me her raised beds. They were kept in place with something that looked like telephone poles so I'll google up what they were unless one of you all know. Last year I was weeding and instead of bending over like a grazing giraffe, I got down onto the ground and scooted over bit by bit as I needed to reach further. My back had been sore, but during a scoot my back popped (like a knuckle sometimes does) and the soreness disappeared.

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I'm widowed from a military husband, too, and when my home needed essential repairs I happened to find that the USDA-RD helps by giving grants and low interest loans. My loan is only 1% and an easy payback schedule. It sounds like you could use a professional tree trimmer.

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Sounds like time to find another church. After all, you aren't asking for money but just someone to advise you. Hopefully your son will be of help.

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Have asked the church about other things but got no response from them so I will not ask them again. Will have to find others to help me in that area and hopefully get good advice. Got a call today from my insurance company and they said that my claims adjuster will contact me in 24-48 hours to set up an appointment. Will have to work around my sons college schedule.

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Can you ask someone at church or other organization for someone to advise you?

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No it is not fun and this is the first time that I am doing this because my late husband always took care of that stuff because he knows about things like that. Before he went into the military he was in construction so he knew what to look for and what to expect.

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Sorry to hear of the damage but glad it was not worse. Not a fun thing to go through.

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That is what I am going to do but now I got to fix my fence again since Irma knocked it down and have to get some one to trim the trees since they have broken branches that are hanging still in the tree. I might need a new roof along with other things that got damage from the hurricane. Will see what happens when the adjuster comes.

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We really do prefer raised beds as so much easier to take care of and less weed problems---and less back issues---LOL

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too wet to do straw bales so I am going to do raised beds.

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Hi!!! I have had raise bed garden for at least five years. I have grown tomatoes in straw bales. but i prefer my raise beds.

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I did the hay bales with a school garden. Be careful for mold, mildew and spores.

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They do have a book at Amazon that tells you how to do it.

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I have not tried straw bale gardening but have several friends who do it. A few weeks before it is time to plant you soak the bale with a fertilizer solution and then let it heat up and cool down again before planting. I am sure you can do a search on the internet to see just how to do it. I saw a type of enclosure at a garden workshop that held the bales in place although that isn't necessary.

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I have heard of using a bale of hay for growing potatoes but not for other things. How does he prepare it?

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Has anyone tried making a raised bed out of a bale of straw?
my hubbys coworker says he does that every year for his tomato and pepper plants. he prepares it a couple weeks before planting and then at the end of the season it makes good mulch for the rest of the garden

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My front bed that was destroyed when we had to get a new sewer line installed has now been replaced and all the other beds connected to it were repaired so that it all looks uniform---I will need to add more dirt as the sides are higher but it has been to chilly here to really plant my vinca up front----and I have new plants to try, too. We planted our tomatoes in the new raised bed in the back yard and where the tomatoes were last year, the other veggies are going this year. Always best to rotate where you put tomato plants, otherwise you will have issues with them.

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There is a type of Japanese Knotweed that looks a bit like bamboo and is really difficult to get rid of.

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We are slowly getting rid of some kind of weed in the back alleyway here---the city came thru and cleared out most of the alleyway and told the people they needed to maintain it----we are the only ones that are---kind of added it to our space---but it is a chore to keep the vines, etc from our area when no one else does theirs---ours isn't bamboo but awfully darn close if allowed to grow---I know we had a lot less to pull or dig up last year---each year it gets less. Someone at some time had planted some ground cover back there and I guess all our work has allowed it to flourish which we are glad for---lots of trees and shade back there so grass would be an issue---I like the ground cover--plus someone had planted daffodils back there at one point and they look lovely in the Spring.

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Bamboo sounds like mother-in-laws tongue to get rid of. The people that lived in my house had planted that and I did not like them. I ended up digging them out by hand since it had a very aggressive root system too. Had to get the root out and that took care of the problem. That is one plant that needs to stay in a pot and not in the ground.

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Bamboo is a nightmare trying to get rid of it.---anyone who plants it should be put before a firing squad---LOL---well, maybe not so drastic but it is a horrible plant to control---worse than mint!
I have wiregrass---that always seems to find a way thru anything or any thickness--we did go ahead and line the bottom as well as the sides of our new raised bed--mostly because of the wiregrass.

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Out of curiosity, I checked the native plant database, www.wildflower.org . and found only 3 plants native to the US with a common name of bamboo. None of them native to Oregon. What you may have is a non-native invasive that has naturalized to your area. Most true bamboos are aggressive root spreaders that will grow through most weed barriers


Though I try to garden organically, there are some things that the only way I have found to eliminate without repeated deep digging and without using excessive amounts of chemicals is to cut them off just above soil level then paint the cut with a weed killer. You may have to do that more than once to kill the roots of the plant but it can kill the roots with out all the digging and without using much of the chemical.

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SHARJOPAUL - Took some notes down on the soil mix, since I need to prepare my soil in my beds. The reason I put the black cloth down is because there were some bamboo and bulbs that were out of control. The flowers I don't mind, but the bamboo is native to Oregon. The bamboo still managed to make it through so I have some digging to get them out. I don't want to use any chemicals to kill them, so maybe someone has an idea how to kill them naturally.

Lecates - I believe I spent over $20 a piece for a 2"W X 8'L X 10"H. I've looked at the Lowe's prices online and It has gone up.

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I started using raised beds several years ago since the soil in my yard is primarily clay and rock. I filled them with a 50-50 mix of top soil and compost. My veggies have been wonderful! To maintain the soil and keep things organic, each fall after I clean up the beds, I sprinkle on some blood meal, bone meal and a like wood ash, the top that off with a few inches of shredded leaves. In the spring I add some compost then turn it all in. The soil remains loose and very productive!

When you are building your raised beds you do not need to put a barrier on top of the existing soil before you fill it. Anything grass, weeds or seeds in the pre-existing soil will be smothered by the 6 plus inches of soil you put on top of it.

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Cinder blocks work well, too---good idea to wait until that project is completed.
Deb, how much more expensive was the cedar? Love the smell of that when it is cut.

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One thing I forgot to mention when I bought the wood at Lowes, they told me to use Cedar, because the bugs wont eat it and it won't rot for a long time. I did use the black cloth to keep the weeds from coming through. My seedlings are all in the Greenhouse, but soon I'll be planting them out in the raised beds. I'm waiting for them to get a little bit bigger and the nights temperature to be above 45 - 50 degrees.

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Once I get things done I am going to use cinder blocks to do my raised beds. I think that will be easier on me and I won't have to get down so low to clean them. I have to wait until my city gets done with putting a drainage system in mine and my neighbors backyard to help with rain that likes to setting in our back yard and it is not just mine and my neighbors it is the whole back street that I live on that they are going to do that too. Just don't know when they will do it and they said that they will put back every thing but my gardens. So I don't want to start one until they are done. I will do containers for it this year.

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LECATES, WATCH FOR YARD SALES AND CHECK THEM OUT FOR THE BED FRAME

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We just built a 2 by 8 raised bed---but 20 inches high--so that we don't have to bend as far down ---this year it will have tomatoes in it---hope to build a new bed each year about this size, esp. if we find that this one does well.
If you build a raised bed with treated lumber, make sure to line it with landscape material---it protects the plants from anything coming thru the boards. We have several kinds of raised beds---some made with landscape timbers stacked on top of each other, some made of bricks--one of those being round. One is triangle shaped on the front corner. I like to be creative with them.
One thing I would love to find is an old bed frame and make a real "raised bed---someone has one in a yard and I love how it looks.

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HI, DEB
HOW ARE YOU DOING? ARE ANY OF THE PLANTS THAT YOU STARTED INDOORS AND SWITCHED TO GREEN HOUSE GOING TO GO IN THE RAISED BEDS?
AND I AGREE, CLEAN UP IS MUCH EASIER, I HAD A RAISED FLOWER BOX ALONG ONE SIDE OF MY BACK YARD AND THAT WAS A CHARM TO TAKE CARE OF.

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I have 2 4'X8', raised beds that I have had for 2 years and I've had better success at growing my tomatoes, eggplant, corn, and cucumbers. The soil is more manageable and allows the roots to grow deeper and out. I had so many tomatoes I started to freeze them and Can them later. I used to do raised beds in the ground after rototilling the soil, but the soil would pack down, even after I added many bags of compost. With the contained raised beds I use straight compost and miracle grow and it never packs down. Cleaning up is easy when the plants are done at the end of the season.

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SEEMS THERE ARE QUITE A FEW THINKING OR WHO HAVE RAISED BEDS,, I KNOW THEY ARE EASIER TO CARE FOR, LET'S SHARE OUR IDEAS HERE.. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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