Dave de Basque wrote:There are so many styles of things that people call "raised beds." What style are you thinking of?
Chris Kott wrote:Sounds good, Fabio.
Just a few things I noticed perusing this thread. The use of railroad ties was suggested. (...) What's the point in going to all the trouble of ensuring a food system free of the problems of conventionally produced food if you're going to literally surround your beds in toxicity anyways?
Chris Kott wrote:As to avoiding compaction, I agree with limiting the width of the beds such that the centre of each bed can be reached from either side of the row.(...) So if hardwood chips last two years, I would expect softwood chips to last maybe a year. If you filled your paths with slash and topped them up, I couldn't really say, but the presence of ramial wood would increase decompositon.
But let us know how you decide to proceed. Keep us posted, and good luck.
James Mariorenzi wrote:Ciao Fabio,
I made 10 raised beds last year. 1m by 10m
I used rock sourced from a local marble quarry for the sides which are about 30cm high.
As far as success, they are not so different than the plantings on level ground except they seemed to keep the cinghiale away. Maybe because of the height.
James Mariorenzi wrote:So far no safety concerns.
I only use the raised beds during the cold months. Salads, broccoletti, fave, cold weather crops.
I use sunken beds during warmer, drier months to help with water retention. In the summer, I don't have to worry about the boars as they go to the mountains for the season.