Raised beds and soil

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Raised beds and soil

Postby giblet » Sat May 24, 2014 7:45 pm

My garden appears to be inhospitable terrain, but I'm determined to conquer it. I'm thinking of making some raised beds. Anyone done this? Any tips?

Once I make them, I have no idea what to put in them. The dirt here is clay and sand. Can I buy something better?
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby Milord » Sun May 25, 2014 3:25 am

I thought raised beds were for cooler climates. Manure and straw make good fillers. more straw between rows blocks the weeds.
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Postby Master Cylinder » Thu May 29, 2014 10:20 pm

raised beds are for all types of climates... particularly hot ones, or plants that like good air flow and drainage.
i have used bricks.. cheap. going about 5 rows high and turning out some of the bricks to allow for air flow.
what you then fill it with is obviously important. try huskcambodia.org. they are up there in siem reap.
another option is to just through down a bunch of branches, logs and stuff and cover with dirt.
after the rainy season put in your starter plants.
ask around after the rice has gone in. lots of folks have cow manure they will sell you. not now though as they use it to spice up the rice fields.
get some worms going too... especially in the raised beds.
seems you can pick your friends noses.... it's just gross.
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby giblet » Fri May 30, 2014 11:57 am

Master Cylinder wrote:raised beds are for all types of climates... particularly hot ones, or plants that like good air flow and drainage.
i have used bricks.. cheap. going about 5 rows high and turning out some of the bricks to allow for air flow.
what you then fill it with is obviously important. try huskcambodia.org. they are up there in siem reap.
another option is to just through down a bunch of branches, logs and stuff and cover with dirt.
after the rainy season put in your starter plants.
ask around after the rice has gone in. lots of folks have cow manure they will sell you. not now though as they use it to spice up the rice fields.
get some worms going too... especially in the raised beds.
Thanks, great advice! 5 rows of bricks seems high to me, does it need to be that tall? And do you cement the bricks, or just stack them? I just want to grow herbs but I am going to try and get them started now. I don't want to wait until after rainy season. Bad idea? I thought doing a raised bed would help with the drainage.
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby giblet » Fri May 30, 2014 12:17 pm

Also, what can/should I get from huskcambodia?
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby Master Cylinder » Fri May 30, 2014 3:21 pm

since you where not specific on what it is you are trying too grow... i suggested 5 bricks as a nice planter size suitable for growning many things.
if you where groing potatoes or peanuts i would have suggested stacking up old tires.
since you are attempting to grow herbs in the rainy season i would say get some flower pots and fill them compost and put them in a sunny spot.
seems you can pick your friends noses.... it's just gross.
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby giblet » Fri May 30, 2014 3:44 pm

This is my first time gardening with enough space to actually garden in Cambodia, so I'd appreciate any suggestions you can offer. Herbs are my priority, but I'd be interested in growing any other edibles that would thrive in this climate. Can I grow anything in rainy season other than rice?

I also just planted a few cashew trees which I hear grow like weeds. I'd love to get some limes or lemons going, too.
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Postby StroppyChops » Fri May 30, 2014 9:58 pm

giblet wrote:I also just planted a few cashew trees which I hear grow like weeds. I'd love to get some limes or lemons going, too.
You're aware how large cashew trees grow, right?
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby giblet » Fri May 30, 2014 10:25 pm

StroppyChops wrote:You're aware how large cashew trees grow, right?
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Re: Raised beds and soil

Postby Username Taken » Fri May 30, 2014 11:05 pm

Gardening in the tropics is a lot different to gardening back home. (Your home or my home it doesn't matter).

Forget about the raised beds and formality of the average western vege patch.

Just break the soil throw in some seeds and breath on them. Ok, just add water. They'll grow.
Basil, chilies, lemongrass, tomatoes, . . . .they'll grow.
Buy a bag of guano from a plant shop and sprinkle some around your herbs. Water them daily. They'll grow.

Plants love rain water, so if you can save that and use that to water them, they will love you forever. (I promise).

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