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Post  mollyhespra 9/4/2021, 3:01 pm

Your garden is looking GREAT, OG!

I'm still in the process of setting up the new metal garden beds and I've got another question for you: burrowing things like voles, etc. will have a field day if I don't put some kind of barrier underneath my beds.

In my previous SFG I used hardware cloth and it worked great, but those beds are wooden and I could attach the hardware cloth to the bottom.

With these metal beds, how do you attach the hardware cloth? Or maybe you don't have a problem with voles?

Many thanks!!!
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Post  OhioGardener 9/4/2021, 4:48 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:Your garden is looking GREAT, OG!

Thanks!  The beds have been so productive that we are feeding half the neighborhood. Very Happy

@mollyhespra wrote:In my previous SFG I used hardware cloth and it worked great, but those beds are wooden and I could attach the hardware cloth to the bottom.

With these metal beds, how do you attach the hardware cloth?  Or maybe you don't have a problem with voles?

I didn't attach it to the beds.  I bought a 4' wide roll of 1/2" hardware cloth. I made sure the ground was level, with no humps or dips where the edges of the beds would set. I then rolled out the hardware cloth and set the bed on top of it with about 3" extra on each end of the bed. As the bed was filled I ensured there was no space between the hardware cloth and the bottom edge of the bed. No mole, vole, or gopher will be able to squeeze between the metal edge of the bed and the hardware cloth.  Be sure to get 4' wide hardware cloth, though, so that it is one solid piece under the bed with no seams.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 9/4/2021, 9:03 pm

Hey Molly!
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Post  mollyhespra 9/6/2021, 1:19 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Hey Molly!

Hi, SR!!! Very Happy
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Post  sanderson 9/21/2021, 1:25 am

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Post  OhioGardener 9/26/2021, 4:47 pm

Trying something new this year with the cold frame on the raised bed. I put some straw around the bottom outside of the cold frame to help insulate it from the winter winds. Hopefully this will help keep it a little warmer during the coldest months.
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Post  sanderson 9/30/2021, 11:11 pm

Nice. $$?

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Post  OhioGardener 10/1/2021, 8:57 am

@sanderson wrote:Nice.  $$?

That is a Juwel BioStar 1500 Premium Cold Frame.  I bought it several years ago when Home Depot had them on sale, and it was a little less than $250 with free shipping.  I love the cold frame! It allows me to grow lettuce & spinach all winter long. Last year I tried growing Swiss Chard in the cold frame, but it was too big and I had to take it out mid-winter.

I recently saw them for $339.00 at Costco, but I have also seen them on-line at places like Burpee for around $450.00.

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Post  markqz 10/1/2021, 10:24 am

From a solar cooker perspective, if you could pile hay bales up to the edge it would be better. You can also get inexpensive Styrofoam boards and put around the edge.
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Post  OhioGardener 10/5/2021, 9:31 pm

Today we finished the harvest of the Cushaw Squash.  A total of 17 large Cushaw winter squash were harvested, and prepared them for winter storage. Last year we had two squash plants, and harvested 7 squash from those two plants. Seven 20# winter squash is a lot of food, and we weren't able to use all of them before summer gardens started producing. This year I planted two Cushaw plants again, but they produced 17 squash fruits, instead of the expected 7. We have to find some friends and neighbors that can take some of these squash.

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