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Veggi patch(es)

I am building more raised beds, and now probably have about 10% of our House Garden set up this way. I believe they offer a few benefits when attempting to grow a wide variety of edible plants, such as...

1. Weed control

2. Dog control

3. Vehicle control

4. Flood control, during Monsoon season

We are still having mixed success with the growing, but the second image shows onions, and 6 different varieties of greens, that are plucked fresh for every meel at the moment.

 

 

 

Veggi patch(es)

I am building more raised beds, and now probably have about 10% of our House Garden set up this way. I believe they offer a few benefits when attempting to grow a wide variety of edible plants, such as...

1. Weed control

2. Dog control

3. Vehicle control

4. Flood control, during Monsoon season

We are still having mixed success with the growing, but the second image shows onions, and 6 different varieties of greens, that are plucked fresh for every meel at the moment.

 

 

 

comments (17)

Il faut sans doute beaucoup arroser avec cette chaleur.
Ray: Oui ... il faut arroser matin et soir, sinon les plantes fonctionnent mal, Martine.
That's terrific, Ray! I used raised beds when I was up on the Mesa and it worked quite well for me.
Ray: We are really enjoying the gardening at the moment, Elizabeth. The veggies must be watered morning and night in this climate or they do poorly. Fortunately, I have sunk two bores in the house garden, and there is good and reliable water at about 12 meters.
Excellente organisation.
Ray: Thank you. We think it makes the gardening more enjoyable, and allows us to have some crops every month.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Jan 2020, 05:18
That looks very successful already, Ray. Have you had to manure yet, after the initial goodness has been used up?
Ray: I have ready access to the house that our cattle use each night, Lisl, so put large amounts of their "product" into the gardens...I think it helps.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Jan 2020, 05:18
I don't see any stones!
Ray: We built up the house yard by 1 metre, before building the house [flood control], and that trucked in land was mostly clay. Since then I have been working on improving the land with huge amounts of waste product from the nearby sugar-cane factory, with Cow effluent, and with a few truck loads of sandy soul. It is slowly responding. Quality topsoil is not available here. No rocks.
Good for you, Ray, on both the raised beds AND the two water bores!!!
Ray: There are many rewards, Ginnie, and the pleasure of eating something from the garden every meal is certainly one of them. Our boor pumps are powered by electricity from the grid, but I am thinking of modifying one to be driver by solar...the technology is about OK now.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Jan 2020, 06:20
That looks great, Ray. I hope that all the hard work will pay off and give you enough crops to eat.
You mention "vehicle control", who is driving in your back yard or do people take a shortcut through your garden??
Ray: Tractors, rice harvesters, etc are not always driven carefully in the yard, Astrid.

I do no know if it makes economic sense to grow vegetables, but the taste of home-grown is wonderful!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Jan 2020, 06:28
Well done Ray! You are experimenting and learning with patience and skill
Ray: We are learning a lot, Chris, and results are improving as we go.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2020, 07:14
It sounds like its coming along nicely and making good use of taste products from elsewhere. Fresh greens with every meal sounds lovely.
Ray: We are really going strong on fresh greens, Alan...probably my favorite food these days, and it is about all Na's Dad eats.
Gros travail , bravo à  toi
Ray: Merci, Claudine.
You are creating a fine garden Ray
Ray: We are enjoying the garden very much, Bill.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Jan 2020, 09:12
That looks a lot of work Ray, I’m impressed.
Ray: The concteat beams are very heavy so they are diffivult to move into place, Chad...but this has to be done just one time.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Jan 2020, 10:06
I have something like this in mind - only higher and maybe in greenhouse type thing. Reasons: control of ground quality, possible irrigation and as old age sets in - it will be easier to work on a higher level smile
Ray: I decided to do the heavy work now, while I still can, Louis. I am thinking about puting shade cloth over one of the new beds, and trying to grow a few things that cannot tollerate the extreme sun...that might be my next project.
You are quite the gardener then Ray.
Ray: Na and I are finding it to be an excellent shared passion, Brian.
Build them higher and you then have another advantage - saving wear and tear on an aging back smile
Ray: Yes...Is see the advantage, Tom, but...
1. the cost is beyond my wallet's reach, and
2. I am working on other back remedies.
you did a good jog building the raised vegetable gardens Ray...
we built Penny one that is three feet high... that way she doesn't have to bend over too much....petersmile
Ray: That is great, Peter.

I cannot afford to make them higher, so the back will just have to adapt. I am trying to bet in the garden many time each day, but for short bursts...this also helps me with my tendency to sit for long periods at the computer desk, which is also hard on the back.
I first started raised beds because they drain quickly in a wet climate. Problem is, we are no longer a wet climate. We are now more familiar with drought. Your beds look very nice.
Ray: We have 6 months of drought, but 4 months of flooding rain, Care, and we want to be growing veggies all year.

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