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Raised Beds Fix Garden Problems
By: Lisa58 
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Years ago, when we first moved to our house, I tried planting a small garden in the backyard. When I dug, I came across somewhat of an archeological dig beneath the grass. There were nails, pennies, pieces of glass, occasional brick shardes, and oh yes, lots of tiny pieces of coal. You see, my neighborhood used to be an old brickyard and the previous tenants of my house burned everything in their fireplace and coal stove, and then threw the ashes out into the backyard. The rest is history.
I stopped digging and my husband built a few raised beds so I could still garden. The one out back is huge, 5' wide by 20' long and made out of wooden boards. The front bed is made the same but is 4' wide and 7' long. Both beds were filled by delivered topsoil, peat moss, and compost mixes. New batches of compost and peat moss get added each year to help the nutrients return.
In these plush beds I've grown tomatoes, peppers, beans, onions, peas, garlic, basil, chives, lemon balm, sunflowers, dahlias, tons of perennials out front, and I can't keep my eyes off the seed catalog pages looking for more! They grow big and healthy, and when I plant everything tight and close together, they grow hand in hand and block out any room for weeds.
I use 6' tomato stakes, long trellis netting, 7' obelisks, and 7' bamboo stakes to grow as much vertically as I can to make full use of my limited space. I look forward to each new year's vegetable and flower crop in my ready to use raised beds of perfect soil. If you have problem soil in the garden, try building any size raised beds for an easy solution!
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