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Progress w/ pics --- am I ready for plants?

Been working hard since last Sunday, and I finally got the dirt put in the boxes. We will be adding 2 more some time in the next couple weeks - budget only allowed for 3 for now.

Here's a few pics:

[img]https://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/OzzmysterG/3boxes.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/OzzmysterG/3boxesdirt.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f347/OzzmysterG/3boxesdirt2.jpg[/img]


Now where do I go? I have been going and going all week long, and have not sat down for any research on this next step. So...... if anyone has any input - I would appreciate it.

The input I am looking for is my dirt -- it's from a local place that delivered 3 yards - compost manure (seems like there are a lot of sticks in there). I loaded the boxes - and now wonder if I need to screen some of this or just plant right in the new box.

Thanks!

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Forgot, all vege's and herbs.

We have 6 small plants ready go in 1-2 weeks after they harden off (3 tomatoes, 2 bell and 1 eggplant).

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well for one i always forget about watering capability so when my plants are planted then i remember and i use a soaker hose and its stressful running it by the plants when they are in the ground cause i usually manage to break one so i would run it first then plant or w/e water source you are gona use. and i have a question for you i have never started veges from seed indoors but i want to so after they sprout i have to wait for them to harden off what is that and how can i tell if they are?
Thanks for all the help and advice Daniel G.

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Hardening off topic. https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=35078.

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Did you say you've put 100% straight composted manure in those beautiful boxes? What is the soil like underneath? Looks kind of compacted?

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applestar wrote:Did you say you've put 100% straight composted manure in those beautiful boxes? What is the soil like underneath? Looks kind of compacted?
The soil is / was a slant hill side with about 4 years of standing with no activity = sorta compacted. I can dig it with a shovel pretty easy. Why - is that a problem?

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amazing raised beds my friend.

I think the compacted dirt has less drainage. The water will stick around longer than you want and the roots of the plant won't do as well when they have to struggle to grow through compacted soil.


Dump in some worms and add kitchen scraps like banana peels to soften up and even add some nutrients.
You can solve all your problems in a garden/laboratory.

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plant some veggies, then get to mulching and your good to go.
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compost

Did you ask your compost supplier if bio-solids were used to make the compost?Just saying.

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I say your ready to plant.

Type of plants can have an impact on 1st year success in raised beds. I like to start with beans & potatoes

It looks good from my house :lol:

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