Enhancing Drainage for Raised Garden Beds

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Travis Steglich

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To enhance the drainage that we are building here, we are going to lay a layer of porous material and that can be anything. It could be bulk mulch like you buy at the nursery or it could be chipper material that you got. Say if you trimmed some trees or something like that and you had the trunks and things that were chipped up. We want something that is porous that will allow drainage down through the material. We are just going to put a couple of inches probably down to along right in here, just an inch or so above the drainage that we've already established. This will take up the spaces between the sticks and stuff like that but still allow a very porous and very aerated area. What I am going to be able to use since I don't have any chipper material or bulk mulch, I am going to use, I do have some but I am not going to use it. I have some shavings that is used as animal bedding that for one reason or another I had a little bit too much moisture in them when they were originally packaged and so they are not suitable because of the spores and that, that are in it to use as animal bedding. What I am going to do is cut open this bag and just dump them in there and you can see that they are kind of clumped together which is the problem. Once we get these in, we will have the layer that we are looking for to supply extra drainage without being compacted easily on top of the materials that we have for drainage. I can feel that there is quite a bit of moisture in this particular material. It was put up probably for one reason or other with a little too much moisture. Okay that is probably what we are looking at. We are going to spread it out and hope that it kind of sifts down into the, it's pretty fluffy but it is going to settle quite a bit. When we get our top soil and all that on there, we are going to probably mound it up a little bit so that when we water it, it is going to settle down. It is going to compress a little bit. But still this is pretty fluffy stuff and it will allow for water to penetrate without becoming compacted enough to stop water penetration into our water system that we have already established.