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Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 18, 2011
11:29 AM

Post #8434556

My garden is on a slope. At some point (as in when-I-have-the-money!) - I'd like to install a drip irrigation system. I felt such a system would work better if the raised beds were as level as possible.

This spring I've changed the size of my raised beds from 48" to 36". One side of each bed has 6" boards the other 10" boards.

Here's a photo showing the terrace:

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Indiana, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 18, 2011
3:09 PM

Post #8434932

Honeybee, that's EXACTLY what we are going to have to do. We are going to be terracing because our yard is mostly on a hillside. My husband was the gardener and didn't have a whole lot of luck (he's not much more experienced than me!). We have several black walnut trees nearby plus clay soil. We figured raised beds was the only way we're going to be successful, but they need to be on the sloping part of the lawn. Yours look good! I'm showing my husband your picture!

silver spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8435012

You have to check out the article on terracing your beds. Its either in Mother Earth News or Organic Gardening. I can't remember which. I have to close down now for the Sabbath, but as soon as I can on Sunday I'll get you the link. Its absolutely beautiful.
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8436104

Honeybee, those are great looking and so smart for the slope!


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8436134

Kathy - I used a "line level" to figure out how wide the board on the down-side needed to be. We, too, have hard red clay, so the raised beds seemed the only way to go.

Thanks for the nice comment, PrissyJo.

yehudith - Thanks in advance for the terracing article. I look forward to reading it.

Here's another overview of our garden showing the terraces.

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silver spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8437337

I found the article, its in Urban Farmer "A Garden for Every Plot
Think your yard is too steep for a garden? Think again—and build this tiered garden to make the most of your lot.
by Laura Hill" Its this latest issue.

Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8437910

Looking good! Looks like you have room for lots of veggies.


Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 21, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9014895

You guys have nice big beds! I just have a few small spots with sun.

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