[Market-farming] Making raised beds

John Ehrlich johnkaty at shaw.ca
Wed Feb 15 20:38:46 EST 2012

I get a nice bed with a roto tiller and one pass with a single or double shank ripper.  The tractor wheels compact the pathway leaving a raised growing bed. 


On 2012-02-15, at 5:03 PM, Etienne Goyer wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> Last year was my first season.  I have been growing on a fairly small 
> area, about a third of an acre.  In the spring, I made 30 raised beds 
> using a rake and a shovel.  They where a little over 100' long and 5' 
> center-to-center (about 42" bed top).  It was exhausting, but I am 
> pretty happy with the result.  I am fairly sure it helped with the 
> drainage and soil warming in this very wet and cool season.
> This spring, I am adding another 50 150' long beds.  No way I dig that 
> much with a shovel again.  My question for those whose grows on 
> non-permanent raised bed: what do you use for bed forming?
> I have been looking at bed shapers and disk bedders implement (sometime 
> called "ridgers").  They are fairly, although not overly, expensive.  My 
> guess is that a disk bedder would be more appropriate for my fairly 
> heavy clay loam.  I am afraid a bed shaper with a pan would pack the 
> soil too much and make the top susceptible to caking.
> Anybody wants to share their experience making raised beds?  Which 
> implement do you use for that purpose?  Anything specific to watch out for?
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Etienne Goyer  -  Le Jardin du Village
> http://lejardinduvillage.wordpress.com
> "Changer le monde, une betterave à la fois"
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