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Sat Aug 17, 2019, 05:24 AM

Thinking of using 3' wide raised rows in the garden

Last edited Sat Aug 17, 2019, 05:55 AM - Edit history (1)

Putting together the garden is a multi year project and so far I've built a 30' X 4' raised bed, a 7' X 4' raised bed and double dug 2 40' X 1.5' rows with 2' in between the rows. In a previous post, I had talked about going with 1.5' wide rows.

Doing some calculations, I figure I could better maximize space by going with 3' wide rows each 40' long instead of 1.5' wide rows each 40' long. This would add 240 sq. ft. of planting area within the total garden area without increasing the size of the total garden (planted spaces plus pathways) area.

For those familiar with square foot gardening, one can quickly see how much more produce I could get out of a garden utilizing an extra 240 square feet.

Edit: For an easy way to find out what the dimensions of the raised rows and beds and total area of plantable garden is, I'll list it here:

1 4' X 30' raised bed (in center of garden running north and south)
1 4' X 7' raised bed (South of the above running east and west. Contains chives and 2 rhubarb plants)

1 3' X 7' raised bed (South of the above running east and west)

1 3' X 18' raised row (for Gladiolus's and located In North West corner of garden running east and west)

1 1.5' X 30' raised row ( running parallel to the the 4' X 30' raised bed on west side of it)

8 3' X 40' raised rows (running north and south. 4 rows to the east of the 4' X 30' and 4' X 7' and 3' X 7' raised beds and 4 to the west of them)



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Kaleva Aug 17 OP
samnsara Aug 17 #1
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Response to Kaleva (Original post)

Sat Aug 17, 2019, 06:45 AM

1. im jealous..my land is so rocky the guys who installed the fence said they wouldnt come back..

.... for other projects I wanted to hire them for..I may as well be living atop a lava bed like in HI. This may be my only chance to have a garden. Saving your info..thanks!

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 17, 2019, 06:58 AM

2. Screened top soil goes for $20 a cubic yard delivered in my area

You might consider building raised beds and having topsoil delivered to fill the beds. No fighting the rocks!

To fill a raised bed 4' wide X 40' long by 18" high would take 8.88 cubic yards.

Cubic yard calculator

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 07:00 AM

3. It's just about all rocks here too

Plus cactus, cedar, oak, and some mesquite trees.

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