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raised bed gardening in the Detroit suburbs

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Hi everyone! before I start I just wanna say that I am sad that I don't have privileges to view the "marijuana in permaculture thread" in the permaculture forum. I posted and want to see where the discussion went but whatevs.

I just dug 2 of 3 8x16 raised beds last week. flipped the sod over, and covered with leaves, my goal is to get hardwood lump charcoal and break it down into an easily mixed size for char, a bag of azomite for re-mineralization, and I am making black leaf mold in the garage. I am going to dig the other 8x16 bed probably in the spring, along with a 4x16 for a grape vine with flowers loved by bees, clovers, honey suckle, dandelion, maybe even some filius blue peppers as I witnessed small bees pollinating them was pretty cool. I intend to get a bag of neem meal, and crab shell meal to mix in prior to planting so as to reduce pest populations during early spring/seedling growth. I am not against digging 4-5 feet under the beds and making hugel beds, just that as a non driver(never had my license) getting large quantities of anything heavy is sometimes unfeasible.

*also my soil is 6-12 inches of clay followed by 6 inches of former topsoil now sandy and clay-like then more clay! When my uncle and father dug out our basements about 9 or 10 years ago, my uncle spread all the dirt over our backyards. my uncle just moved out, been neighbors with him amd my cousins since I was 3, feels weird.

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cayenne/cayenne hybrids {(open pollinated from pepper joe stock)( 3 types of red habanero's, filius blue's, atomic starfish and cayenne were all in the same bed)}
burpee organic sweet pepper carnival mix
from horizon herbs
black cherry tomato
double red sweet, fisher's earliest, and Hopi purple corn
Goji berry
scarlet runner,hyacinth, and Hopi red lima pole beans
bolitats, edamame, black turtle, and Hopi yellow bush beans
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
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Hi Julian and welcome to permies
I think your 'hello' post got a bit...buried... in the organic forum.
Sounds like you're doing all sorts of cool stuff; I look forward to reading more!
julian kirby
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Hi, thanks for the welcome Leila!
So, my neighbor's son came over and trimmed her apple trees, they were growing into and around the power lines, I got enough trimmings to cover one of my 8x16 beds to waist height, will be digging and making a hugel bed till it freezes, just need to find some compost
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