[Homestead] Design dilemma
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Thu Dec 28 14:02:27 EST 2006
Sounds good, James, but lol, my first thought was DAMN that's a LOT of
Another thing I thought about doing with the strips and this is again,
something I have always wanted to do, is to make a simple, walking
labyrynth in the garden. I could actually use the strips and create
narrow, 10" tall raised beds to form the path's borders. It could be as
simple as a large spiral...you walk and pick from both sides. The lack
of height would eliminate watering problems, and I have plenty of flat
shale like stones to interestingly cover the walking path.
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
>> Years ago, I build a oval shaped, tiered strawberry bed out of
>> dry-stacked rocks.
> Not necessarily recommending this design, just including it for
> variety's sake:
> A tiered strawberry bed has no more planting surface than the same
> dimensions perfectly flat. True, the plants can hang over a bit
> giving a bit more foliage area, but the actual planting area doesn't
> change. The advantage, as see it, besides the affective, is that it
> is easier to each the plants in an elevated center than the center of
> a flat bed.
> I've done the tiered beds and the one single disadvantage was water.
> The top tier could get bone dry in a hurry. My design solution was
> to keep all the plants only slightly raised (or rather the paths
> slightly depressed) and make sure there was a good place to squat
> within easy reach of all the plants.
> The current strawberry bed is 16'x6 1/2' and in the center of the
> bed are three great flat stones (about 28" square) level with the
> growing medium. The berry grower need only reach 18" into the bed
> from the side and then step 3' onto one of the stones and every other
> plant is within 18".
> This winter I've expaned the patch by laying a 2' stone path all
> around it and then putting in a 2' strawberry bed all around that.
> On the very outside perimeter of the whole thing (now about 24' x
> 14') I'm puttin in a wire fence augmented at the bottom with poultry
> wire. Over the top go light frames strung with black fishing line
> through which birds just will not go and yet the frames are easily
> set aside when one want's to attend the patch.
> In good years that's way too many strawberries. but this is offset
> somewhat by the fact that the whole thing is planted in only day
> neutral plants which only set on a few berries at a time but produce
> continually until frost bits back the blossoms. This year that was
> the second week in November.
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