Filling a raised bed with one half of a bag of soil

Posted: November 4, 2013 in Urban farming

Slowly, slowly, we are switching over from the summer to the winter garden. Yes, its November. But, in SoCal, zucchini plants in warm sunny places are still fruiting little zukes and the occasional cherry tomato is still pickable. Strawberries are ripening on the roof. So, we can be a bit pokey.

Our large tomato beds were the first to be retasked- a point made moot, I add, by the Wild Roving Band of Wild Raccoons (WRBWR), who have now dug up that bed twice looking for treats.  Note that wild is used twice by our neighbor who first reported on the group, to perhaps emphasize a lack of domesticity, as well as a tendency to party in gardens not their own.

Here is one set of tomato beds after I pulled down all the tomato plants.


The plants I pulled down make great raised bed fodder. If they are not full of aphids or other pests. Those plants go into the green can.

Beer grains are good for raised beds!

We use spent beer grains for all sorts of things- chicken feed, quail feed, and for our raised beds. The bag of soil pictured will be what I use for the bed behind the bag. It will fill it!

Thank you, Starbucks!

The plastic garbage bag has coffee grounds from Starbucks. Although some Starbucks do not save their grounds for gardeners, many do. And they give them away. Plants love them and snails hate them.


The 1/2 bag of soil and grounds go into our wheelbarrow. We add a bunch of rabbit litter. Rabbit manure is great, because it does not have to age- although raised beds usually need some time to sit. We set up our tomato beds last spring and then, all the hot decomposition in the bed cooked the first plants! Derp. Mix these three ingredients well and spread over top of the bed. We will let it sit for a couple of weeks before planting. I suppose it would be ideal to let the new bed sit for longer, but when one has no space, beds are not often fallow.  We added mulch and seeds to this bed.  As previously mentioned, it was completely dug up by the WRBWR.  Interestingly, only a month after we prepped the bed, when it was dug up, there was no sign of tomato plants at all.  Now, sadly, most of the seedlings are toast-but as I tend to overseed everything, new ones are coming up.

Just add soil


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