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Raised bed for winter garden


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Raised bed for winter garden

rabaja | Nov 4, 2010 10:29 AM

Hi there,
I just put in a raised bed to get started on a fall/winter garden. I missed the late summer season, but I'm looking forward to trying my hand at some specific winter crops. I know I'll have to cover it at some point and I'm totally fine with that. It's designed to have hoops added over the top and I'll get some cloth when the time comes.
My question is this. I didn't do the best job leveling out the space before I layed down the bed. Will there be a problem if my bed is a bit lopsided?
I am thinking it's not such a big deal, as the area of yard is actually not flat to begin with, but then I got to thinking, drainage.
If it's slanted a bit, will water accumulate on one end, and drown the plants in that area?
I believe I have good drainage, and there is a mixture of soil and pebbles below the bed (the bed is 11" deep).
It's not too late to pull it out and try to level the ground more. I was going to fill it with dirt and ammendment today, then let it sit a few days before planting it up this weekend (Before the rain I hope!).
I don't especially want to start over, but I will. I really don't want to look at it all season and be dissapointed with my efforts.
Your advice please? I am going to provide some photos, not sure if it will show the slant on the South side. I'd say it's about a 15% slope. That's totally a guess though.
eta: my photos are always sideways! I don't know why, so sorry!

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