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Landscape Fabric for 24" beds?

@Fishtell wrote:Hi all, 
I've read all the pro's and cons in this Forum re: to use Landscape Fabric or not but I don't recall reading any comments about the pro's and cons of putting fabric down to protect against weeds if you have a 2ft deep raised bed as we are building.   "The Book" and discussions on this Forum are mostly about shallower beds.  

We decided to go with the 24" in height beds to make it more comfortable to work in.   My wife and myself are both over 65. 

We had planned on filling the bottom 16" with topsoil , then 6"  MM and leave 2" for Mulch if needed. Also we'd have plenty of room for deep rooted plants.   

Our existing soil is clay.   



QUESTIONS/Comments/ 
     1.   Do we really have to worry about weeds? 
     2.   Will weeds find there way up to top?
     3.   There are a lot of big worms roaming around in the clay, some are 1/4" in diameter 
     4.   How about just putting the fabric up the sides of the beds to prevent MM and Soil from bleeding to outside of boxes where boards tend to separate a little. ?  


Alan from Asheville

Hi Alan, Welcome to the Forum! glad you\'re here

Top soil sounds fine for the lower fill as long as it isn't a "blend" with compost or peat moss. The compost part especially will disappear over time and and leave the top soil shorter. Just make sure it is well watered and settled before adding the Mel's Mix, or the whole volume will settle.

I have mostly table top beds at 24". A little short for amending and planting, but a great height for tending and harvesting. Be careful of bird netting as birds can get trapped in it. Would chicken wire do the job? Or, colored poultry netting?

1. Basically, no. There are only a few plants that are terribly tenacious and you would know if you have any of therm. Very Happy
2. See #1.
3. Those worms will eventually find their way into your beds. Another smiley face.
4. Fabric up the sides is fine for preventing bleeding at the seams.

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by sanderson
on 3/12/2021, 3:57 pm
 
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Hi from Colorado! Qs about mapping squares

Hi Christy, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here

The first year should be about learning how each variety grows. Do plant vining and tall tomatoes on the north or west trellised side. Short stuff on the south or east side. Summer squash in the southern corners so they can spread out over the side of the bed. As far as crop rotation, I have no choice as to where I plant the summer peppers each year, or tall vining winter squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and beans. While it is a good thing to rotate beds, it has worked out okay for me to NOT rotate. Being in zone 9A, I have summer crops and winter crops with only a few small things like lettuce and radishes where I will harvest, then add more compost and plant another seed in the same spot. You will get the swing of things and each year you will be more and more comfortable with your SFG.

Having more than one bed in the garden area can help with crop rotation. Plants you grew in Bed #1 can be grown in Bed #2 next year. Etc.

When you get your plot plan sketched and penciled in, you can post it here and folks will help if there is anything critical. We love photos so don't be shy! Wink
by sanderson
on 1/29/2019, 6:41 pm
 
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Butterfly Junction

I finally found a number to get through to Suz.  

They have already evacuated twice and are waiting at the Animal Sanctuary to see if they have to go again.  There are no hotels within a 100 miles.  The Indian Casino opened their facility, filled up immediately and now there are folks sleeping on the floor.  The blind animals have already been moved to a safe area but there are still dogs and other barn animals.  The family is together and trying to figure out Option #3, with Options #1 and 2 having passed.

This is the fire map of the Carr Fire.  The Blue Dot is where they live.  Over 44,500 acres and only 3% contained.  Suz said that if anyone saw the fire tornado on the news, it is not the one that they had, but they had one of their own.

Carr Fire Press Conference at 4 PM - July 27, 2018

"The fire became very active throughout the evening. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to build containment lines around the Carr Fire. Their efforts have been hampered overnight due to extreme fire behavior and challenging wind conditions. Continued hot dry weather is forecasted for the remainder of the week with triple digit temperatures. The number of damaged and destroyed structures reflected may change throughout the duration of the fire."  1,748 personnel, 110 engines, plus helicopters, bulldozers, etc.  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/at-least-2-dead-scores-of-homes-lost-as-fire-sweeps-through-redding/ar-BBL78Mf?li=BBnbcA1

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by sanderson
on 7/27/2018, 8:53 pm
 
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Math Question

This is for those who like math.

Question #1:

I have 6.75 cubic feet of homemade compost.  I have 150 sq. ft. that will need 2" of compost in the next few months.  How much compost will I need to make to top all of the 150 squares?

Question #2:

The tumbler holds 80 gallons which results in about half that amount of usable compost. How many batches will I have to make to have enough compost for the above bed amending?
by sanderson
on 6/4/2018, 1:32 am
 
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Fourth Year SFG in Canada

At what stage do you eat the sunflower microgreens?

I've done "most" of your #1. Laughing
by sanderson
on 1/24/2018, 6:05 pm
 
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Compost Heaps

A third bin is also great. Turn #2 into #3. Turn #1 into #2. Repeat going backwards. Or a third bin for finished compost.

Have you started looking for bagged composts in case you need to supplement? Have you looked at this thread? https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t21089-recommended-store-bought-compost?highlight=compost
by sanderson
on 9/24/2017, 4:52 pm
 
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Topic: Compost Heaps
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Tips for compost tumbler

@trolleydriver wrote:And if that does not work this thing may find itself advertised on kijiji.

Razz  I know how you feel.  My Tumbler #1 stuff that was a bust is stored in the holey 33-gallon can.  Just siting there. tongue I hope #4 turns out as good as lumpy #2 and less-lumpy #3.
by sanderson
on 8/25/2017, 7:17 pm
 
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What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??

@countrynaturals wrote:
@Robbomb116 wrote:I'm thinking of adding kale to my do not grow list. I love watching it grow, and it does pretty well actually, I'm just not sure if I like eating it enough to continue growing it.  It also seems to be pretty susceptible to pests.  I've kept it covered to protect from white cabbage butterflies yet still had some, and this year it's been an uphill battle with aphids.  Just might not be worth the effort since there are other things I enjoy eating more that I could be growing.

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of The End Of Diabetes and The Eat To Live Plan, kale is the #1 best thing we can put into our bodies. If you make any kind of soups, you can cut it up into small pieces and add it to your stock. It's pretty, you'll know you're doing a good thing, and the flavor is so mild (dwarf curly -- not huge old leaves from large varieties) that you'll never know it's there.

Interesting information re Diabetes and Kale. In fact, just a few days ago I told a diabetic friend that he needs to start eating more greens and in particular Kale.  

I'm using my SFG grown Kale (Scotch Curled) in green smoothies.Very Happy
by trolleydriver
on 7/11/2017, 7:35 pm
 
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Topic: What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Yep, Bin #1 looks ready.
by sanderson
on 7/5/2017, 10:21 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Three days since the last turning of Bin #3.  Today I added more kitchen scraps and turned the bin 3 or 4 times.

Bin #1 - 81F (current outdoor temp is 79F). This will be the last report for Bin #1 until I reload it and start a new batch.

Bin #3 - Before today's turning 117F.

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by trolleydriver
on 7/4/2017, 5:05 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - down to 85F (outside temp today is 75F)

Bin #3 - down to 100F. After taking the temp reading I added kitchen scraps, leaves, shredded paper, coffee filters and coffee grounds.

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by trolleydriver
on 7/1/2017, 3:01 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

The temps in both bins are down.

Bin #1 - 88F

Bin 33 - 115F. This bin has yo-yo temps. I think it is too small to generate and hold good heat.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/30/2017, 2:29 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - Down another 2 degrees to 92F.

Bin #3 - Rebounded 17 degrees and is back up to 132F since turning yesterday.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/29/2017, 1:02 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - 94F (down just 2F).

Bin #3 - 115F (down 17F  ... wow!). After measuring the temperature I added more leaves and kitchen scraps and I turned the tumbler 3 times. The instructions state to turn it 3 times every 3 days.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/28/2017, 12:52 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - 96F

Bin #3 - 132F


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by trolleydriver
on 6/27/2017, 12:32 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - Holding quite steady. Now at 103F which is 2F lower from yesterday.

Bin #3 - Took a big jump up from 108F before tumbling yesterday to 130F today.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/26/2017, 3:59 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - 105F (unchanged)

Bin #3 - 108F (down 2F). After taking the temp I added some kitchen scraps and turned the tumbler three times per the instructions.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/25/2017, 6:25 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - 105F

Bin #3 - 110F

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by trolleydriver
on 6/24/2017, 12:26 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 (3x3x3)  - down very slightly to 108F.

Bin #3 (EnviroCycle) - up from 76F at start to 97F today. The current outside temperature is 74F.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/23/2017, 1:12 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 compost looks like mine.  I used about half of it so far as top dressing/mulch.  The Red Wigglers are loving it.  They are flocking the the interface zone between the MM and the compost.  Also, the compost gets really wet when I water.

I know Jimmy Cee has a composter like #3 but I think he called it just a toy (??) as he has that great 3-section compost bin.  I can see your point about this model being hard to turn.  It's low to the ground and the finger grips are shallow.  It looks like it would be easier to just roll it around on the ground. Wink

The used model I bought is higher with deep finger grips so I turn it using the triceps (bat wings) and my weight.  Easy on the back.  Also, it is set up in the flower bed about 5" higher still. Topics tagged under 1 on Square Foot Gardening Forum Compos10
by sanderson
on 6/23/2017, 2:58 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

I dug out some of the material in the middle of Bin #1.  I am somewhat disappointed that it has not broken down more. sanderson, please let me know what you think about this.

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Temp in Bin #1 is down to 110F.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/22/2017, 2:32 pm
 
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CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017

This morning I made a steel cut oats breakfast for Mrs TD and myself. I usually use the quick rolled oats but the steel cut are supposedly better. Of course it took muich longer (about 45 minutes) to do up the steel cut oats.  But I have three servings leftover for future days. We topped the oats with blueberries and sliced bananas.

It's a gorgeous day in Ottawa. The high temp is expected to be 75F (love it!).

Here are just some of the things on my "to do list":

1. Mow the lawns ... never ends
2. Trim the lawns with weed wacker (if I feel like it)  Very Happy
3. Work on the new trellises
4. Use baking soda fungicide on the strawberry bed
5. Do something with the garlic scapes
6. Sow some Sakatas Sweet Melon seeds
7. Put down cardboard and wood chips in the new paths
8. Get the Envirocycle Compost Tumbler started

I'll be happy if I get just a few of those items completed. The rest will still be there for another day. However, the rains are returning this evening which will put a damper on things for Friday.

Update:
- 90 minutes later and I only have Job #1 completed.  Shocked
by trolleydriver
on 6/22/2017, 9:53 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 is down to 113F from 118F yesterday.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/21/2017, 12:49 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Temp in Bin #1 is 118F which is unchanged from the previous day. After taking the temperature reading, I poked holes from the top down in the composting material and stirred the material in the holes.


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by trolleydriver
on 6/20/2017, 6:28 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Been away for a few days so there have been no temp readings for the past 5 days. Today Bin #1 is at 118F which means it is still in the "active" composting range.

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by trolleydriver
on 6/19/2017, 5:38 pm
 
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