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Post  TejasTerry on 3/29/2013, 11:07 am

Saw this on craigslist. We have built all our boxes so far, however we have a septic in our back yard, and can't build any more on the ground because of the drain field.

I know we could build something cheaper by doing it ourselves, but the truth is, I have the money to spend and it would be so much easier to make a phone call and have it delivered. So, what do ya think?


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Post  camprn on 3/29/2013, 11:38 am

I would say... you could make a better investment by buying a conduit bender to make hoops for your existing beds. Shocked

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Post  TejasTerry on 3/29/2013, 11:47 am

@camprn wrote:I would say... you could make a better investment by buying a conduit bender to make hoops for your existing beds. Shocked

I'm looking to add more beds, and have to have them off the ground because of the septic lines. I can order it without the tubing and make my own hoops.
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Post  quiltbea on 3/29/2013, 11:50 am

I like it. A raised, raised bed and all done for you. In my own situation (age and med probs), if I had the money, that would be the way to go. No work involved getting it ready, just fill it up with MM and you're ready to grow....and protect your crops.
If you like it, go for it.
Please post pics when its up and growing.
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Post  southern gardener on 3/29/2013, 11:51 am

looks pretty slick! A little high for our budget, but if it works for yours...go for it! let us know how it works. Love the cover!!
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Post  HillbillyBob on 3/29/2013, 11:51 am

you don't need the bender if you make hoops with pvc pipe, I'm camprn on this one you'd think for a $50 ,a foot you would at least get a grid? No affraid No doesn't this bed set on the ground when installed? Smile
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Post  Turan on 3/29/2013, 11:55 am

Compared to these on Gardener's Supply it is a good deal.

Just curious why you can not put beds on a septic system drain field????

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Post  Windmere on 3/29/2013, 12:05 pm

I am very impressed with the Grow Boat. Wow. Very slick.

I am (like Turan) also curious about why you cannot put beds above septic lines or drain field.

We actually intend to put a least one bed very close to our septic lines. Is the problem due to the weight of the beds? Now I'm worried.

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Post  walshevak on 3/29/2013, 12:08 pm

short answer

http://www.gardeninglife.ca/articles/article/growing-vegetable-garden-over-septic-field/

All my beds are tabletops which allows me to fully utilize my back yard.

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Post  TejasTerry on 3/29/2013, 12:18 pm

@quiltbea wrote:I like it. A raised, raised bed and all done for you. In my own situation (age and med probs), if I had the money, that would be the way to go. No work involved getting it ready, just fill it up with MM and you're ready to grow....and protect your crops.
If you like it, go for it.
Please post pics when its up and growing.

He's delivering it tomorrow for $20 ! I can't beat that....I will post some close ups of the inside, etc. Now gotta go get stuff for more MM. $$$
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Post  walshevak on 3/29/2013, 12:26 pm

Just make sure drainage is adequate.

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Post  Turan on 3/29/2013, 1:15 pm

@walshevak wrote:short answer

http://www.gardeninglife.ca/articles/article/growing-vegetable-garden-over-septic-field/

All my beds are tabletops which allows me to fully utilize my back yard.

Kay

You put that in with the talk about humanure and the brain starts to swirl. Maybe the reality lies in the particulars which make it hard to give a simple broad answer. Thinks like are the users of the septic putting non biodegradable cleaners in it and the soil make up and the depth of the lines.

But it still does not answer why use table tops. Just regular ANSFG raised beds full of MM would answer the concerns raised so far.

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Post  HillbillyBob on 3/29/2013, 1:28 pm

@TejasTerry wrote:
@quiltbea wrote:I like it. A raised, raised bed and all done for you. In my own situation (age and med probs), if I had the money, that would be the way to go. No work involved getting it ready, just fill it up with MM and you're ready to grow....and protect your crops.
If you like it, go for it.
Please post pics when its up and growing.

He's delivering it tomorrow for $20 ! I can't beat that....I will post some close ups of the inside, etc. Now gotta go get stuff for more MM. $$$
now that's a steal for $20 price What a Face I saw was $375 I think thinking
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/29/2013, 1:34 pm

I suspect the $20 was for delivery only!

If I were wealthy, I'd certainly invest in several of these for my SFG.
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Post  HillbillyBob on 3/29/2013, 2:03 pm

yep I suspect your right on this one Shocked


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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/29/2013, 2:56 pm

I say if you got the money, GO FOR IT! Luxury comes with a price and sometimes it's worth every penny Very Happy

In some jurisdictions, putting anything over a septic/leach field is illegal. Not that that matters a lot of the times...other than it being illegal Shocked Another potential problem is drainage. While it may never be an issue in some places, in others adding any additional moisture can turn into a real nightmare. Most folks don't think a whole lot about their septic systems till its to late What a Face Then it can become very expensive, very quickly.

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Post  HillbillyBob on 3/29/2013, 3:56 pm

Great point Rooster "Gro Boat"  What do ya'll think? 3170584802 thanks "Gro Boat"  What do ya'll think? 3085260134
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Post  quiltbea on 3/29/2013, 6:32 pm

And what if you had to have it pumped out due to blockage or overflow? Ugh! Your raised bed would be a goner. affraid
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Post  TejasTerry on 3/29/2013, 6:58 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:I suspect the $20 was for delivery only!

If I were wealthy, I'd certainly invest in several of these for my SFG.

Yes it's $375, plus $20 delivery. I'll post pics tomorrow when it gets here. "Gro Boat"  What do ya'll think? 3170584802
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