Use raised beds to grow vegetables

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista A small greenhouse lets Tony LiCause get a head start on the season for both his flowers and his vegetables.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista A small greenhouse lets Tony LiCause get a head start on the season for both his flowers and his vegetables.

The best way to grow vegetables in northwest Arkansas is to put in raised beds, master gardener Tony LiCausi said. Two years ago, he put in his own raised beds in a backyard filled with flowers, rose bushes and terraces. The soil, he explained, isn't deep enough without the beds. The cheapest way to build them is probably to use 2 by 12s. Some people use 2 by 10s, but the extra two inches gives the garden lip to help hold the soil in place. Beds can be made out of cinderblocks, manufactured stone, read stone or even hay bales. Don't use wood that's been chemically treated, like railroad ties. Even before you build your beds, look at the ground to see what is already growing there, he advised. If you have Bermuda grass, you need to kill it before you build your beds. Unwanted Bermuda can be tough to kill, he warned. It might take a year to prepare your yard for a garden bed, he said....


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