"You should have good results using about half native soil mixed with your compost and other organic matter. The native soil probably needs only nitrogen. I add composted manure every season, and that seems to continually improve the soil. You…"
"Seems this came down to a raised verse sunken bed question. I personally will start with a raised bed in part because I don't know exactly where I want to place my beds yet but want to get something started this season. Also the…"
I had a similar issue, but with rocks in place of the grass. Here are some links to the off-ground bed I built with pallets and fence slats - the whole thing cost me about $50 to build. It's 12' x 3' x 2.5' and…"
"Rachel I echo what Ericka says about in-ground vs. raised bed. If you are thinking that a raised bed will avoid the bermuda you may not be that successful. Unless you put a solid bottom on the bed (using concrete) the bermuda would find…"
"Thanks for that Ericka, and the link. On that note...the entire yard is covered in very vigorous Bermuda Grass. So, I was initially thinking to dig it out but was told that this is nearly impossible. I really don't want to use chemicals to…"
"The best way to garden here is directly in the ground, not raised beds, unless you are in a really rocky area up on the mountain. Sunken beds hold moisture better in our climate, and all that is really needed is adding organic matter, 50% compost to…"
Hello All. I am completely new to AZ gardening and plan to start some raised beds in the yard of the home I am renting soon. I was given some hints about having to "build" a more suitable, water-holding soil here for the garden to thrive but all I can remember is the advice to mix in coir (coconut husk fiber) with the soil.I have, luckily, some compost that will be ready to use when I build the beds, which so far I am planning in a full-sun patch of the yard because that spot is convenient. I…See More
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I am currently a stay at home mom but I am a chef. I am newly relocated to AZ from DC. Originally from MN. I love food, family, travel and the out of doors!!! I am in Tempe and completely loving my neighborhood and neighbors! My interests in the food area are food justice, food deserts, traditional foods, nutrition, organic farming, pastured livestock, healing and maintaining vibrant health through nutrition, and just delicious eating!!!
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