Raised beds on concrete pad
I'm trying this as an experiment this summer.
Because I have limited space to garden in, I decided to build a couple of raised beds on a concrete parking pad in my back yard.
This spot will get full sun all day.
I used 80 cinder blocks.
Layered the bottom with about 5 inches of hay (1 hay bale per bed).
Then filled it up with mostly finished compost from my pile.
I'll put another layer of finished compost, soil and sand on top of the un-finished compost.
Hopefully, these beds will be better protected from cutworms and vine borers.
I'll even plant marigolds in the holes in the cinderblocks.
I'll be growing tomatos, peppers, and some strawberrys.
In the fall, I can make a hoop house cover over each of these beds for salad crops.
My back is real damn sore right now though.