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I was at Tractor supply the other day with my son.  They had a raised bed on clearance for 30.00 regular price was 119.00.  Woo hoo, what a deal.  I put it together. 15 minute assembly time?  In my dreams.  Anyway once I got it put together I put old rotten fire wood in the bottom.  Filled the gaps with native soil, then a layer of wood chips, then shredded cardboard, then the stuff I was going to put in the compost. Then I dumped my second worm bin in. ( I have been neglecting them for some time now. Amazed there's any alive at this point.). Finnish it off with 2 bags of organic compost, a bag of mushroom compost, and most of a bag of organic soil.  I will soon plant fall veggies in it.  
I haven't done this before, but it seems like a good idea.  I know this way I won't get usable worm castings, but if it works I think the worms will help the veggies grow better, I will keep it watered because of the veggies. I figure I will dig a hole now and then and add some veggie compost.  Seems like the worms should be happier with less work from me.  If it works well then when my life evens out a bit I can take some of the many healthy worms and start a new bin, or add to other garden beds. If it doesn't work out at least they have a better chance this way. I hope anyway.
It will be interesting to see what happens.  I still have my original worm bin for harvesting worm castings.
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Jen, that was a great find for $10.00.  And you don't have to get down on your knees to plant plants in the garden.  I like that!

Have you decided what you are going to plant in it?
 
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I'm thinking some fall veggies. Carrots, broccoli, maybe some pansies, stuff like that for now.
 
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I planted yesterday. 2 types of kale, sorrel, celery, broccoli, bunching onions, carrots, alyssum, pansy's, and violas.  I like to over plant, especially since I'm not sure the sorrel, and celery will take, it says to plant in the spring.  Also some of the seed were getting older.  We will see.  It's still early days for fall planting, so it gives me a little time to play with it.
 
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