[Market-farming] Making raised beds
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?
> Etienne Goyer - Le Jardin du Village
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