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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    December 1, 2010
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    Most of the time, for a bed like this, people simply build a wood box. But, I have also seen people use the steel watering/feeding troughs that they sell at feed stores.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    December 30, 2010
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    Some people do use plastic, but that is more to keep deep rooted weeds from growing up through the bed. If you decide to do this, be aware that the plastic can restrict the roots of your plants. It is probably not needed unless you had a serious weed problem where the beds are now.

    Chicken wire buried around the beds is an excellent way to keep digging critters out of the bed. It will not harm your plants. You will want to bury the chicken wire 1-2 feet to be effective against digging animals.

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    Nikki on
    December 30, 2010
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    I would recommend neem oil. It is safe for people, pets and beneficial bugs but kills most of the bad bugs. Here is more information on it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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    Nikki on
    January 3, 2011
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    If you have clay soil, this is a great idea as it will help with drainage. It is less necessary for other soils, but can't hurt to have that extra drainage in place.

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    Nikki on
    February 7, 2011
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    If you have clay soil, this is a great idea as it will help with drainage. It is less necessary for other soils, but can't hurt to have that extra drainage in place. In addition, you may want to consider amending the clay soil. This article should help with tips for doing that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

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    Nikki on
    March 4, 2011
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    Nikki on
    March 7, 2011
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    Add phosphorus to the soil to help re-balance it. Bone meal is a good source of phosphorus. Here is an article with other suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/too-much-nitrogen-soil.htm

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