Raised Beds For Gardening

Raised beds are being filled with sand. You can see our neighbor's tractor tire prints in the sand.Raised beds are being filled with sand. You can see our neighbor's tractor tire prints in the sand.

Last summer, just weeks after we moved out to the farm, we built garden beds for inside of hoop houses to make it a little more secure in keeping wild animals out, plus we have some more gardening rows in the middle of our fruit tree orchard. We built them last September while we were living in the shed/shack, waiting to move into our new home.

Twenty raised beds are in each hoop house and then they were filled with the sand right here on our property. Plants do amazingly well in this sand.Twenty raised beds are in each hoop house and then they were filled with the sand right here on our property. Plants do amazingly well in this sand.

A contractor built us 100 raised beds out of lumber that we purchased from Home Depot. David actually designed what he wanted and then gave the plan to the contractor. He and his crew laid them side by side, ten to a row and two rows to a hoop house as shown above. Then our next door neighbor, who has a tractor, came over and filled each of the 100 raised beds in the six hoop houses. We paid him for the work.

Then we put plastic over the first two hoop houses to make greenhouses. We put shade cloth on the rest. Right now, June of 2020, the greenhouses are now empty as it is just too hot in South Texas to have any plant in a greenhouse. We have fruit and vegetable plants in the other 60 hoop house raised beds.

We have been putting compost into the soil in the hoop houses along with weed barrier to make it a little easier to garden. The only trouble with weed barrier is you have to get down on your hands and knees and cut holes or lines in the cloth to plant.

Gardening In Raised Beds

Last fall, after the raised beds were built and filled with sand, we planted a fall garden of onions, carrots, turnips, Swiss chard, beets, and greens. We found that our seeds really like the beach sand. Some of our friends asked us how we could grow anything until we "fixed" the sandy soil. For many years, our piece of property was part of a large farm and it grew peanuts very well. The sand is continuing to grow good things to eat.

You can see the raised bed frames being carried into place after they were built.You can see the raised bed frames being carried into place after they were built.

In January of 2020, we started planting seeds in pots in our two greenhouses so they would be ready to go into the raised beds in March and April.

We had some very cold nights in March, some down in the 20s Fahrenheit so we put some of the greenhouse plants as well as seeds in the ground in April. We had 100° Fahrenheit temperatures in May and now in June it has been in the 90s everyday. We have tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beets, radishes, beans, greens, carrots, asparagus, and a lot more.

Out in our orchard rows or field, where there are no planting beds, we have corn, beans, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and for the first time ever, potatoes! David's Garden Seeds® does not sell seed potatoes, but I wanted to grow potatoes this year. Incidentally, the potatoes did not go in raised beds. No room was left for them.

So far, nothing has come up so I am not sure we did them right. Honestly, coronavirus messed things up as far as any type of of delivery goes. They were supposed to be here two months before we received them, but everything got pushed back. A local gardener came to see what we've done a few weeks back and he told us we should have planted the potatoes two months before we did. You can't plant them if the seed company does not send them, right?

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David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!David of David's Garden Seeds® zipping along on his little tractor across the farm. He is having a blast!

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Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.Mrs. David's Garden Seeds in the greenhouse with Lucy the lap dog.