It depends what you plan to grow, but I would consider loosening the soil a little with a pitchfork or shovel, but don't feel you have to spend a lot of time on that. If you are using a nice loose planting mix (versus native soil) to fill your beds, your plants should have enough room with 16 inches depth. Some veggies prefer up to 24 inches, so check what your plants requirements are.
8 months ago
Brandy SprungerTracy- Thank you so much! This is very helpful. I thanks for the link on soil depths. This probably won't be the last question I have!!! :)
Looking for help in setting up my raised beds (ZERO previous gardening experience! In fact, most of my plants die :( ). Do I need to prep the ground that the bed will sit on? It will be 16" deep, I am just worried if the roots of my veggies get too long/deep, they will get stopped in their tracks once they reach the lovely AZ dirt/sand/dust/soil we have here....Thanks in advance!
Hooray for your new mission! Find a container and start planting now! Too cold for tomatoes unless you have a protected warm spot, but see Greg's planting calendar for everything else you can grow now. You go girl!
I have a bare back yard and ready to plant I have no idea what i'm doing so I hope to learn from you all here. Recent divorcee of fast food and unhealthy eating/lifestyle. At 40 I found myself terribly ill, I am now healed with alternative medicine and am determined to live the next 40 eating & living healthy which starts in my own back yard. :)
Leann ChristianHi Hi Kaya! I am stockpiling seeds for the top 15 vegetables in economic value. Of those veggies, I am choosing varieties for intensive gardening, such as early, short season, dwarf, and things that can be grown vertically.
Hello, I have just jioned Urban Farm! Excited about these connections. I have made a few pallet boxes above ground planters w/ burlap... I planted in July, all of the proper seeds, to enjoy in the fall. 115 degrees was the tipping point to fry! A few are left, and more are sprouting again... LOVE
I am ready to dig! Just waiting for the temps to cool off a bit and I will be digging my first garden! I plan on using the northwest corner of the yard (the one in the center of the profile pic).
I can't wait!
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We moved onto our desert homestead 2 days before Christmas. It had been vacant for a couple years. We thought most of the trees were dead, but some of them where just dormant. 3 pomegranate trees are putting out lots of leaves and only a few flowers. The flowers bloom beautifully then dry up and fall off. No fruit this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Anna RozsiThThanks for the response. Going to plant nursery in the morning and will get some booster. We haven't had fruit trees in the past so I'm pretty much a novice there. Plenty of bees though with all the flowering Palo Verde around.
For Valentines Day, my hubby built me an awesome "tomato trolley"...I will try to post pix. He used two by fours to build a frame on wheels and dropped in two plastic tubs. I drilled holes and planted a few tomato plants in each. Now I can move them around to regulate their sun/shade exposure and keep out of wind/weather if necessary.
Becoming an urban farmer is quit simple and a long term process of becoming. Remember it is about the journey and not the destination. Play on this group as we transform peoples ordinary back yards to something truly extraordinary.