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Post  jimmy cee 11/8/2017, 11:35 am

Well folks I'm done with raised beds forever...Took me 2 weeks to tear down what I put together in 15 years.
Had to do it in order for my mouse to be saleable.
I will, however continue gardening in the SFG mode using containers.
My compost in time will be active and nourishing my plants.
I am in my new home but not in living quarters yet, a lot of extra work is being performed before bad weather sets in.
Just though I'd touch base, my containers will eventually be here, bright and bristling as I can get them.
I so miss the closeness I've had with you folks and hope that can be revived soon...
God bless you all
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Post  trolleydriver 11/8/2017, 11:54 am

Good to hear from you Jimmy C.  I'm not surprised that it took so long to take down your raised beds. They looked very (and I mean very) sturdy. The new place looks great and I am sure you will enjoy it. Keep us posted.

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Post  jimmy cee 11/10/2017, 7:39 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Good to hear from you Jimmy C.  I'm not surprised that it took so long to take down your raised beds. They looked very (and I mean very) sturdy. The new place looks great and I am sure you will enjoy it. Keep us posted.

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Oh yea TD, I'll be aposting once settled. I may even get myself one of thos new confounded technical camera....but my son introduced me to the I phone and the camera on that little puppy is hard to beat....
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Post  yolos 11/10/2017, 8:53 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:Good to hear from you Jimmy C.  I'm not surprised that it took so long to take down your raised beds. They looked very (and I mean very) sturdy. The new place looks great and I am sure you will enjoy it. Keep us posted.

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Oh yea TD, I'll be aposting once settled. I may even get myself one of thos new confounded technical camera....but my son introduced me to the I phone and the camera on that little puppy is hard to beat....
Hey Jimmy C.  The I phone is the only thing I have used to take pictures in years.  Works great.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/11/2017, 9:32 am

Hey Jimmy!  The camera phones are really good quality these days.  I have an iPhone too and it takes great pictures!  Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures in gardening again!  Miss your input and wisdom!
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Post  jimmy cee 11/11/2017, 10:19 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Hey Jimmy!  The camera phones are really good quality these days.  I have an iPhone too and it takes great pictures!  Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures in gardening again!  Miss your input and wisdom!
Not quite sure about that wisdom thing...LOL....
In thinking about container gardening, I believe I'll be making my own containers.
I made a few couple of year ago and they worked out very nicely.
A roll of wire cut to what ever size I wanted, heigh and width. Then worked inside a good quality weed barrier fabric. This allow air circulation and great drainage. Able to move around if a suitable bottom is added in beginning. Those purchased containers that I like are just to expensive for my tastes. Picture below is similar to my ideas...and they can be made as wise as one wants....Interesting thought, a round raised bed...

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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/11/2017, 6:32 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Hey Jimmy!  The camera phones are really good quality these days.  I have an iPhone too and it takes great pictures!  Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures in gardening again!  Miss your input and wisdom!
Not quite sure about that wisdom thing...LOL....
In thinking about container gardening, I believe I'll be making my own containers.
I made a few couple of year ago and they worked out very nicely.
A roll of wire cut to what ever size I wanted, heigh and width. Then worked inside a good quality weed barrier fabric. This allow air circulation and great drainage. Able to move around if a suitable bottom is added in beginning. Those purchased containers that I like are just to expensive for my tastes. Picture below is similar to my ideas...and they can be made as wise as one wants....Interesting thought, a round raised bed...

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I love it, plus you can customize the size/shape for your usage and site requirements.  Great idea!
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Post  hammock gal 11/13/2017, 8:00 am

Sorry to see your raised beds go, but it looks like you've already got a handle on your next phase of gardening! Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds 3170584802  Love the looks of that porch, with the comfy chairs and the grill. Will it be screened in eventually? I have to say that my screened porch, is the best money I've ever spent. The screens make it possible to sit out there at night...and no bugs!!! But screens or not, it looks like that beautiful porch will get a lot of use. okay
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Post  Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

SO good to see you pop up again, Jimmy
I like the idea of the very customable breathable containers. I wonder if they will need extra watering, but maybe they will work with a reservoir?
Keep us posted!

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Post  jimmy cee 4/8/2018, 5:58 pm

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Hi folks, I am back with a renewed life. While I won't be building any more raised beds I have decided to use 2 x 2 x 6  galvanized watering troughs for my growing containers. While they won't be as elaborate as I once had they certainly will do for me what I need. Who knows where things will wind up ? I will be trying to get them going for this tomato season as I love fresh picked tomato's. ..My compost is in my tumbler for now, I will have to make at least a couple of bins....happy days are coming again...( I hope ) I was in a state of slight depression for a while since my wife died but am out of it now....great to be back

And the kicker ....folks who purchased my house are now building raised beds in the same area that I tore all of my beds down in order to sell my house...what a travesty....
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Post  Mikesgardn 4/8/2018, 6:49 pm

Welcome back Jimmy.
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Post  jimmy cee 4/8/2018, 7:20 pm

@Turan wrote:SO good to see you pop up again, Jimmy
I like the idea of the very customable breathable containers.  I wonder if they will need extra watering, but maybe they will work with a reservoir?
Keep us posted!
 Hi Turan, (better late than never) answering your question from this perspective. A complete container with holes drilled on bottom for drainage, moisture only has two ways to go, down or up. Down is good because excessive moisture is no good and it will all drain out the bottom. Up through the beds is evaporation. This can be controlled by good compost with a good mulching material. I like straw and newspaper. I cut my straw up into smaller pieces, much more manageable that way. once settled wind will not bother it, newspaper even shredded seems to matt up.
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Post  jimmy cee 4/8/2018, 7:22 pm

@Mikesgardn wrote:Welcome back Jimmy.
Thank you Mikesgardn great to be back and alive again.
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Post  Turan 4/8/2018, 9:05 pm

I am glad you are feeling better again, welcome back.

I have thought about putting an ad on craigslist looking for old troughs, they can rust out the bottom and that would be fine for us. If you get a 2 foot deep one will you fill the bottom with sand or something?

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Post  jimmy cee 4/8/2018, 11:04 pm

@Turan wrote:I am glad you are feeling better again, welcome back.

I have thought about putting an ad on craigslist looking for old troughs, they can rust out the bottom and that would be fine for us.  If you get a 2 foot deep one will you fill the bottom with sand or something?
NO...it will be all Mel's Mix...I want nothing in a combination with it. As soon as I read what was used in the book many years ago, I knew it was exactly what I was seeking for many many years. I'll never use anything but MM. it's it or no growing for me. I guess I'm whats called a believer...LOL...but I proved it to myself and knew it worked before trying it..
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Post  sanderson 4/9/2018, 12:09 am

Hi Jimmy, Welcome back. Glad you are feeling better, now. You are a walking testament to ANSFG.

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Post  has55 4/9/2018, 2:07 am

Welcome back Jimmy Cee, always good to hear from you. You are a great blessing and full of wisdom.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 4/9/2018, 8:23 am

SO glad to see you, Jimmy!!
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Post  trolleydriver 4/9/2018, 10:37 pm

Great to have you back Jimmy.  Very Happy
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Post  jimmy cee 4/9/2018, 10:56 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Great to have you back Jimmy.  Very Happy
Thank you TD
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Post  Scorpio Rising 4/10/2018, 7:21 pm

Hey Jimmy!!! cheers  Glad you are back, and have a plan!
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Post  jimmy cee 4/10/2018, 10:35 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Hey Jimmy!!! cheers  Glad you are back, and have a plan!
Thank you Scorpio, I drove over today to look at these containers. 2 x 2 x 4.... 2 x 2 x 6...2 x 2 x 8....2 x 2 x 10 and up.
They are super heavy and will be perfect for my project when I get started.
Quite pricy also, however I am weighing the enjoyment, time and knowledge I'll get from them. Well worth it.
Glad to be back and above all I am happy to have my mind focused here again.
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Post  SQWIB 4/11/2018, 8:35 am

Looking forward to following your new adventure, thanks for sharing.
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Post  sanderson 4/12/2018, 3:11 am

@jimmy cee wrote:And the kicker ....folks who purchased my house are now building raised beds in the same area that I tore all of my beds down in order to sell my house...what a travesty....
If they don't build them off the ground like you ended up doing, they are going to have invasive roots. tongue

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Post  jimmy cee 4/12/2018, 10:57 pm

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@jimmy cee wrote:And the kicker ....folks who purchased my house are now building raised beds in the same area that I tore all of my beds down in order to sell my house...what a travesty....
If they don't build them off the ground like you ended up doing, they are going to have invasive roots.  tongue
I'm not sure about that, I firmly believe my root problem was because of the excellent growing properties of my Mel's Mix. I had raised beds in those beds for years without root problems from that tree. It was only when I added to the top with MM that the roots came in. I am planning on letting them know about it.
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