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Planting Potatoes For EASY Harvest!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Here in NE Texas it’s the time of year when many gardeners are thinking about planting those potatoes! I’m a big fan of growing potatoes, especially since they’re such an easy crop to grow. 

In past years I’ve planted potatoes in a raised bed right in my garden. Of course that worked fine but this year I’ve decided to do something different.

Remember I’m a big fan of growing an Edible Landscape? Well not only will this different way of planting potatoes give me some effortless beautiful greenery on my back porch during the summer months but it will also help make harvesting those potatoes so easy.

C’mon, I’ll show ya!

I've planted potatoes in the ground, but this year I'm planning for not only a more bountiful harvest, but an easier one too! #TexasHomesteader

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Constructing A Raised-Bed Veggie Garden

by Texas Homesteader 

Several years ago RancherMan & I constructed three raised beds to hold my beloved veggie garden. The beds worked well and produced heavily for several years but after a while the wood began to rot and I had some problems with the design. It was hard to irrigate the three beds without ‘jumpers’ from one bed to the other creating a difficulty maintaining the walkways. And the walkways were a bit too wide anyway.

I wanted to connect all the beds to help make a continuous run for irrigation to correct that problem. Then Rancherman decided to enlarge the width of the beds just a bit, also shrinking the walkways.  YEA!

Building Raised Beds. My old raised beds were in need of replacement and I wanted a more efficient design. See how we constructed our raised beds. #TexasHomesteader

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Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

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RancherMan saw me on my hands & knees in the garden, struggling with digging out yet more bermuda strands. (grrrrrr…)  He commented “Looks like YOU’RE not having any fun today!  Why don’t you do something different this year instead of raised-bed gardening?”

I looked up at him as I brushed my wind-blown hair from my face with a dirty glove, smiled and replied “I don’t know how to explain it to you, and I’m not sure I understand it myself, but I *HAVE* to do this, it’s in my blood!”

Several years ago we built three 20′ raised beds in my fenced vegetable garden area. Now you have to remember that my veggie garden was initially planted in what was previously just a cattle pasture – I needed to amend the soil to be able to produce a bountiful garden. The raised beds were built with regular 2×4 boards but they have lasted three years so far and will probably last another 3-4 years before they have to be replaced.

Gardening using raised beds is a great way to grow your own vegetables. #TexasHomesteader

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