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QUESTION: best first plantings in raised beds

comments (1) July 12th, 2012

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Raised beds in recovery mode. Long beds across the top.Click To Enlarge

Raised beds in recovery mode. Long beds across the top.

I recently bought a property in California's Sierra Nevada foothills. It came with a large (36' x 50') fenced and terraced vegetable garden with raised beds, all sadly overgrown with weeds. The weeds are gone, and we're refurbishing the raised beds, but we probably won't be planting a whole lot for at least another month or six weeks--say, early September. We have no idea of how good the soil is, so we're taking two long (2' x 20') beds and turning in humus. We'll be putting in weed cloth everywhere but there for the winter, but the question is: what's best to plant in those two beds for fall, if anything? We're in Zone 8, so think Mediterranean, with high temperatures in the 90's (sometimes low 100s), tapering off toward fall. Recommendations gratefully received!

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yourownvictorygarden writes: Congrats on buying your property, BTW. My gut says, if you're not in a hurry, plant a cover crop... whatever grows well in that area. If you don't do that, I would continue to add amendments and organic matter through the Fall. I would also consider putting in an irrigation system. It's easier to do it now than when it's hot outside and plants are in the way.
Posted: 12:33 pm on July 19th
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