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Post  happycc on 7/31/2010, 1:04 am

The square foot garden book briefly mentioned pyramid garden beds and said it would go further about them but I cant find anymore mentioned about them in the book. Can someone tell me more about them? The structure looks interesting but doesn; it waste space as not all of the square feet boxes are used in all the beds?

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Post  LaFee on 7/31/2010, 2:23 am

All the boxes are used -- but the inner ones are just progressively taller than the outer ones...

For example -- the outer ring might be 6" tall...the next ring in at 10"...then the center square at 14".
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Post  Blackrose on 7/31/2010, 8:02 am

Thanks for that LaFee. I was actually wondering that myself. I'm guessing that this could be an interesting way to grow potatoes, by putting them in the tallest square. Hmmmm.... The gears are turning!

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Post  LaFee on 7/31/2010, 8:36 am

Potatoes might not be a great choice -- because you'll have to plant them at the bottom of the tallest box, and keep filling it with soil as it grows...which could be difficult if you have other things growing in the other rings.

And because you'd have to all but dismantle your box to get get at the potatoes at the end of the season.
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Post  boffer on 7/31/2010, 9:51 am

@happycc wrote:The structure looks interesting but doesn; it waste space as not all of the square feet boxes are used in all the beds?

Generally, the footprint of the bottom box determines how many square feet of growing surface you'll have to work with. The advantage of a pyramid is gaining depth for roots and height for trailing plants.

LaFee mentions one way to build them. The SFG.COM suggests filling the middle of each layer with sand. Another, is to turn the next stacked box by 90 degrees so that the corners are resting on the sides of the box below.

If you do a search for 'pyramid box', you'll find two lengthy threads about them and some good pictures.

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Post  happycc on 7/31/2010, 1:22 pm

Hmmm...how about them strawberries in those pyramid boxes?

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